TIL there are “only” 20.5 million shipping crates in existence to supply 8 billion people

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermodal_container

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  1. That is not true.

    The article says that _in 2012_ there were _about 20.5 million intermodal containers_.

    There are shipping crates that are not intermodal containers and there’s probably a lot of them. The number might have changed quite a bit in the last ten years, too.

  2. They make 3-5 turns a year. Some are 20’ in length and others are either 40’ or 45’ long. Some containers are a foot taller than the standard height containers. There are lots of variables to take into account and I really do not know the real point of your post.

  3. I’m no industry expert but my intuition tells me that the availability of big metal boxes is unlikely to become a limiting factor in shipping 😛
    (+ That number seems to be over 10 years old – i’d expect it to have grown quite a bit since then)

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