Shipping Container History: How a Simple Box Revolutionized the Shipping Industry

The first shipping container journey began in 1956 in New Jersey. 58 containers were stowed on the Ideal-X tanker before it arrived in Houston five days later.

From these small beginnings, shipping containers are now used to transport more than $4 trillion worth of goods every year. Truck driver Malcom McLean essentially invented shipping containers. So how did McLean make the leap from trucks to ships? Read on to learn more about shipping container history.

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