The export and shipping of goods and products is essential to keep many industries afloat. From the transport of animals to the transport of vegetables, shipping goods across the country is bringing more profit to farmers, laborers, and businesses than ever before.
These days, food is in abundance. Farmers are now capable of producing more than 250% of the food that they did in 1950, with considerably fewer inputs (inputs are things like seed, labor, and fertilizers). Because of this, crops and produce can be distributed in greater quantities and cover larger areas. Latin America and the Caribbean are particularly good for growing food and contribute to over 10% of food shipped around the world.
Shipping involved refrigerated trailers also helps distribute food to more and more places than ever, as it helps to keep food fresher for longer. Though a new refrigerated trailer can cost $60,000 or more, there were around 4 million in 2010, and even more now, eight years later. Refrigerated trailers have proven that they pay for themselves, allowing farmers to sell more produce and areas typically out of access to be able to have crops even after they are out of season in their region. Farm and construction equipment can also be shipped, helping farms to stay up and running as smoothly as possible.
Horse trailers are also common, and all kinds of livestock can be sent around the country for various purposes. However, when shipping animals, the shipping must be humane, providing sustenance as well as enough space for each individual animal. For example, horse trailers must provide sufficient headroom, which amounts to at least 75 cm of space above each horse’s withers.
The shipping of heavy equipment for mining purposes has also proved to be prosperous. In Mexico, for example, 70% of the total land is considered to be able to be mined, and Mexico has become considered the sixth best place to mine. Because of this demand, the shipping of mining equipment has become crucial to supporting and maintaining the mining industry in Latin America.
No matter what your shipping needs, the increased ability to export has been prosperous for many different groups, industries, and professionals. From farmers to miners to truck drivers, shipping has been a positive force in their careers.