The Cost of Containment

The size and volume of containers make it possible to hide munitions, drugs, stowaways, explosive materials.

  • A "standard" shipping container is 8 feet wide, 8.5 feet high and 20 feet long.
  • It can hold as much as 19 tons of soft and hard goods.
  • Only about 2% of the containers that move through a port get screened. In Oakland, gamma ray scanners are used to boost that to 10%.For an infographic on the rapid flow of vessels in to the port of Oakland, please download this PDF.