chapter  13
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Intermodal Loading Units, Transfer Equipment and Satellite Communications

It could be said, as we have done so earlier in the book, that if the Channel Tunnel was the catalyst, from a UK perspective at least, for developing intermodal road-rail transport across international boundaries, then undoubtedly the standard swap body, along with the ubiquitous International Standards Organisation (ISO) shipping container, of which many millions are in use worldwide, have been crucial to the concepts of load unitization and containerization on a world-wide scale. In fact, achieving efficiency in intermodal transport operations is highly dependent upon, among other key factors, the use of standardized loading units built to conform to a regime of commonality in dimensional and constructional standards; in other words, in accordance with provisions laid down by the ISO.