CakeBoxx FAQs

CakeBoxx is the Next Generation of Shipping Containers

1. What is CakeBoxx?

CakeBoxx is an innovative and patented intermodal shipping container. It has a unique, two-piece construction consisting of a deck and a lid. Unlike conventional ISO containers, a CakeBoxx has no doors.

2. What are the main differences between CakeBoxxes and other ISO containers?

No doors! This design feature drives a number of key functional differences from standard ISO containers with doors, including: easier access, greater security, increased usable interior volume and the ability to carry more diverse cargo with multiple configurations. The doorless design also means the CakeBoxx can move through inspections more quickly to keep your cargo moving. Read more about the advantages of the doorless CakeBoxx design.

3. What are the main advantages of using a CakeBoxx?

For the cargo owner, the initial selection criteria will be based on increased security of the shipment, the ease of loading and unloading, and the increased capacity or efficiency of the Boxx for the commodity.

Secondary considerations that will develop with widespread usage over time will include the reduced risk of stoppage for customs search, reduced insurance costs, and greater terminal velocity resulting in overall per trip costs. Read more about the CakeBoxx Advantages.

4. How do you know CakeBoxx will move more quickly through terminals and lower insurance rates?

The questions of terminal rate reductions and lower insurance costs are not theoretical. In 2009, the managers of the six largest terminal operators were asked if they would reduce their processing charges based on CakeBoxxes getting off their property faster. They all said yes. A number of insurance companies have committed to the concept of lower rates for containers that demonstrate a reduced risk of theft.

A shipper can also save on transportation costs while using ShortBoxxes for cargo that does need the full vertical volume of a 8.5’ standard ISO container.

5. How is CakeBoxx locked?

The CakeBoxx locking mechanism is highly secure yet easy to operate. The lid is secured to the deck with CakeBoxx’s proven twist-lock technology at each of the four corners. To unlock the lid or to lock it down, simply rotate the twist lock handles at each corner. Even when unlocked, would-be intruders cannot open the CakeBoxx onboard ships, trains or in a storage pile without the appropriate lifting equipment.

6. What kind of equipment is needed to lift a CakeBoxx lid?

CakeBoxx lids are easily lifted by equipment commonly found in warehouses, shipping companies and port facilities. This equipment includes container stackers such as the reach stacker in the photo to the left, forklifts or overhead cranes with appropriate spreader bar attachments. They can be used to lift and secure the lid while the cargo is removed or loaded.


7. How is CakeBoxx similar to a standard ISO container?

CakeBoxx is fully ISO compliant and CSC certified. It is dimensionally identical to ISO containers. It has the same load-carrying characteristics and is completely compatible with all standard container handling equipment, including spreader bars, reach stackers, straddle carriers, gantry cranes and forklifts.

8. Are there operational differences between a CakeBoxx and a standard ISO container?

Yes. The CakeBoxx has different loading and unloading protocols because of its doorless design. While CakeBoxx can be easily loaded from all four sides or from the top, it hasn’t been designed to replace the standard ISO container or conventional end-loading cargo operations. Rather, CakeBoxx provides a better option for shippers of cargos with special requirements and it is most effectively used on side-loading docks, docks with sufficient lateral room to allow room for equipment to remove the lid, or directly on warehouse or assembly room floors, where it can optimize the ease of access and efficiency characteristics.

Large scale users of CakeBoxxes can easily optimize their dock operations with the addition of low-cost lid handling equipment that quickly and securely manages the lid removal.

9. How is CakeBoxx handled in the flow of commerce?

During transportation a CakeBoxx is handled in the exact same way as standard ISO containers. In the terminal, container storage yards, onboard ship, railcars or chassis, a CakeBoxx is designed to be moved and stacked like any other container. Routine yard storage will be synonymous with conventional container storage. Only while loading and unloading will any infrastructure or process change be needed. In most operational scenarios, this need will be offset by the speed at which the CakeBoxx can be loaded or unloaded. The operational result will be a faster, safer, more reliable logistics chain.

10. How much overhead clearance is needed to remove the CakeBoxx lid?

CakeBoxx lids must be lifted the full height of the box for adequate clearance. The total height depends on the particular model of CakeBoxx needing to be opened. A standard Boxx requires 8.5 feet, a ShortBoxx requires 4 feet, and a HiCube CakeBoxx requires 9.5 feet.

11. Can CakeBoxxes be loaded and unloaded in the rain?

CakeBoxxes are rain tolerant and are not damaged by water. In general, even though some cargos are not damaged by water, it is recommended to drive the truck inside a warehouse or to provide a protective shelter when loading and unloading in the rain.

12. What cargos are the best suited for CakeBoxx?

The cargos and supply chains that will have the best value proposition to use CakeBoxxes are:

  • High-value and high-consequence goods with the greatest potential for theft. These include pharmaceuticals, tobacco products, alcohol and electronics.
  • High-density, heavy cargos that do not need the full vertical capacity of standard ISO containers such as I-beams, steel, scrap and heavy ores.
  • Long cargos that cannot be easily loaded into a standard container with doors such as pipe, timber and building materials.
  • Industrial equipment, heavy wheeled or tracked equipment and assemblies that are typically shipped in flat racks or require disassembly prior to being packed in a standard ISO container.
  • Material typically shipped in drums or on pallets that, due to their nature, cannot be stacked, such as chemicals and petroleum products.
  • Military materials such as ammunition and supplies.
  • Small fixed-wing and rotary-winged aircraft where minimal disassembly is desired.
  • Cold-chain products, fresh or frozen for shippers, freight forwarders and carriers looking to minimize operational, fuel, and maintenance costs.
  • Closed-loop supply chains where the shipper controls the movement of goods in both directions. These can be piece-parts to finish assembly, farm to processing or distribution plants, and other scenarios.
  • All cargos shipped in areas with a high probability of theft or vandalism

13. Who are potential customers for CakeBoxx?

The buyers for the standard CakeBoxx, as with standard ISO containers, are ocean carriers, freight forwarders and container leasing companies responding to the needs of their customers, the shipper or end user. There will be a number of end users who will buy CakeBoxxes directly because of their unique ability to solve business problems and the user’s desire to own and operate their own equipment.

14. How will a CakeBoxx be handled by customs and other authorities?

Like all inbound cargo, CakeBoxxes will be subject to random, risk-based inspections and agricultural inspections. CakeBoxxes are completely compatible with all normal visual, physical and non-intrusive inspection protocols including x-ray scanning, radiation detection, as well as chemical trace detection for explosives and narcotics.

Many customs authorities contract with local service providers to support the physical inspection process and any required unloading of goods. These service providers will have access to any material handling equipment required for the handling of the CakeBoxx lid.

CakeBoxxes carrying cold-chain goods can be transferred to refrigerated, in-bond storage facilities for processing.

To facilitate familiarization with the CakeBoxx, explanatory information packages and training materials will be distributed to customs and other regulatory authorities.

Once customs authorities become familiarized with CakeBoxx’s highly secure design features, CakeBoxxes will be assigned risk scores that will reduce the likelihood of risk-based inspections, further increasing their velocity through ports of entry.

15. What kind of specialty CakeBoxxes are available?

CakeBoxxes are available in a number of different configurations, including:

16. What is the price difference between a current ISO container and a CakeBoxx?

We expect a 10-15% premium above the cost of conventional standard ISO containers for domestically produced initial production CakeBoxx containers. For specialty containers, such as the ShortBoxx and FreshBoxx, we expect the initial production costs to begin at 10-15% LESS than their conventional equivalents. Additional savings will be accrued in the life cycle maintenance, repair and reduced fuel costs.

The CakeBoxx structure is easier to assemble than a doored container and the TARE weight will be within a few percentage points of its conventional equivalents. On the basis of material and fabrication costs, at equivalent volumes of production, the standard CakeBoxx will be less costly than conventional containers. Specialty Boxxes like the ShortBoxx and FreshBoxx, however, will offer even more substantial savings over their conventional counterparts. We forecast they will cost 70-80% of a new conventional refrigerated unit, with virtually no continuing maintenance costs.