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We have previously introduced items that cannot be transported by air (click here to review), and today we will introduce what items cannot be transported by sea freight containers.

In fact, most goods can be transported by sea freight in containers, but only a few are not suitable.

According to the national "Regulations on Several Issues Concerning the Development of China's Container Transport", there are 12 categories of goods suitable for container transportation, namely, electricity, instruments, small machinery, glass, ceramics, handicrafts; printed matter and paper, medicine, tobacco and alcohol, food, daily necessities, chemicals, knitted textiles and hardware, etc.

Which goods cannot be transported by container shipping?

Fresh goods

For example, live fish, shrimp, etc., because sea freight takes longer than other modes of transportation, if fresh goods are transported by sea in containers, the goods will deteriorate during the transportation process.

Overweight goods

If the weight of the goods exceeds the maximum load-bearing weight of the container, such goods cannot be transported by sea in the container.

Oversized goods

Some large accessories are over-height and over-wide. These goods can only be transported by bulk carriers placed in the cabin or deck.

Military transportation

Containers are not used for military transportation. If the military or military industrial enterprises handle container shipping, it shall be handled as commercial transportation. Military transportation using self-owned containers will no longer be handled according to the container transportation conditions.


In the transportation of container goods, for the safety of ships, goods and containers, appropriate containers must be selected according to the nature, type, volume, weight and shape of the goods. Otherwise, not only will certain goods not be transported, but the goods will also be damaged due to improper selection. Container cargo The selection of containers can be based on the following considerations:

Clean cargo and dirty cargo

General cargo containers, ventilated containers, open-top containers, and refrigerated containers can be used;

Valuable goods and fragile goods

General cargo containers can be selected;

Refrigerated goods and perishable goods

Refrigerated containers, ventilated containers, and insulated containers can be used;

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Bulk cargo

Bulk containers and tank containers can be used;

Animals and plants

Choose livestock (animal) containers and ventilated containers;

Bulky cargo

Choose open-top containers, frame containers, and platform containers;

Dangerous goods

For dangerous goods, you can choose general cargo containers, frame containers, and refrigerated containers, which depends on the nature of the goods.

Do you have a general understanding after reading it? Welcome to share your thoughts with Senghor Logistics. If you have any questions about sea freight shipment or other logistics transportation, please contact us for consultation.

Post time: Jan-17-2024