Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2005.
Container Waiting to be Loaded, APL Distribution Center, Shenzhen,
Many distribution centers are supporting an export function
that uses containers. Therefore, loads that have been received
from neighboring manufacturing plants shipments, sorted,
in containers loads (mostly 40 foot containers). High throughput
export-oriented distribution centers may process tens of
container loads per day (such as on the above photo in Shenzhen,
In this case, shipments are decomposed
into LTL (less than truckload) batches for retail stores in North American and
counterparts. Once loaded, the container will be carried to the nearby
port (Yantian) in this case).