Containers - Swap bodies

Freight containers have radically changed the transportation sector during the last 25 years. More than five million containers are now used all over the world. This was made possible by international standardization, which introduced requirements on conformity with respect to dimensions and strength.

To ensure that the containers withstand the stresses they are exposed to during handling and transport both sterngth calculations and testing are carried out.


Containers in series 1 is of varying lenth from 3 m (10 ft) up to 12 m (40 ft) and also in varying height, on the other hand the width is the same.

We are accredited for container testing according to standards of the ISO 1496 series and the CSC. RISE is also participates actively in the development and implementation of standards for containers, including technical committee work.


We also carry out testing of cargo securing equipment to be used in the containers, such as air cushions. In addition the securing equipment for the containers themselves can be tested according to ISO standards now under development.

Standards for containers


SS-ISO 668 Series 1 freight containers - Classification, dimensions and ratings.
SS-ISO1496-1 Specification and testing. General cargo containers.
SS-ISO1496-3 Specification and testing. Tank containers for liquids, gases and pressurized dry bulk.
SS-ISO1496-4 Specification and testing. Non-pressurized containers for dry bulk.
SS-ISO1496-5 Specification and testing. Platform and platform-based containers.

This contaienrs are also treated in:
CSC International Convention for Safe Containers
UIC International Union of Railways leaflets


Swap bodies
Swap body is a flexible carrier designed to be a shutdown platform with braces and specially designed to be transferable between vehicles via a shutdown mode where it rests on the braces at the level of the vehicle. SP is accredited to carry out the swap test according to EN 283rd

The difference between the swap bodies and containers are:

• swap body has a mechanical strength calculated on the road, rail and ferry services which may be a difference from the ISO series of containers.

• The dimensions are usually tailored to maximize the volume of traffic at road.

• A swap body can not normally stacked.

Swap bodies - Standards and regulations

EN 283 Road vehicles-swap test
EN 284-Road vehicles-dimensions and general requirements

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