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Schneider National unveils stackable intermodal container

Yesterday, Schneider National Inc. introduced a new stackable intermodal container at the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Intermodal Expo in San Antonio.

Authorized for use on any railroad, the container was designed to be multi-modal, provide extra interior space and increase route flexibility, according to a prepared statement. Schneider National — the largest truckload carrier in the United States — worked with Stoughton Trailers and Wabash National to design the container to match the inside dimensions of a standard 53-foot trailer. The company purchased 200 units that it is testing this fall and plans to fully deploy in 2005.

The new intermodal container measures 53 feet in length and is 100-3/8 inches wide, making it comparable in size to a standard van trailer. It can accommodate 25 pinwheeled pallets and has the potential for 10 percent to 15 percent more palletized cargo than standard intermodal containers, according to a prepared statement. Container features include:

• same load configuration as a van trailer;

• ability to be double-stacked when used on the rail;

• high-durability, lightweight painted/galvanized steel that is rust-resistant to protect transport of food, garments and other sensitive cargo;

• easy loading, reduced product damage and smooth, clean look of non-corrugated, plywood-free interior sidewalls, according to Schneider National; and

• a 109-1/2 inch interior height for greater loading capacity.

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