The global standardisation of containers and container handling equipment was one of the important innovations in 20th century. The main development came from the USA and hence many of the current sizes of containers find their origin therein. The drive for containerisation came from the need to speed up the loading and unloading of ships in ports. The additional great benefit was the reduction in the number of handlings between collection and delivery, which substantially enhances the security of the goods.
As not all goods are suitable for loading in standard containers there is a wide range of containers available for worldwide shipping.