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Easily find shipping containers in Iowa

November 30, 2017

Easily find shipping containers in Iowa

Iowa is home to a surplus of shipping containers, and thousands leave the state empty. Despite this, many Iowa exporters pay to import containers. If those exporters could find and access the empty containers already in Iowa, it’d be cheaper and more efficient. Now, they can.

Find shipping containers already in Iowa easily with a new free Container Locator tool made specifically for Iowa exporters. Here’s how:

  1. Register a profile at (Once registered, an email with account information is sent.)
  2. Search for containers near an Iowa city
  3. The tool will show nearby containers, along with important information about the container, including origin, capacity, destination and shipping company.

The tool was created by the CyBiz Lab in the College of Business at Iowa State University for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Freight Roundtable as a resource for Iowa companies.

With a location in the middle of the U.S., major interstate highways, thousands of miles of rail line and barge ports on both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Iowa is a location well-suited for export. Learn more about Iowa’s transportation advantages at



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