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Intermodal Container Leasing
Tailored, flexible leases to fit your container needs

CAI Intermodal Containers
Explore the latest advances in materials and design

The CAI global fleet of intermodal containers is noteworthy for its quality and its diversity. We have an active procurement program with a select group of manufacturers that meet our quality standards. Technical staff around the world monitor the quality of our existing fleet as well as explore advances in container materials and design.  Our container sales and container leasing teams deliver what you need with flexible terms and value-added services.

The standardized nature of intermodal containers is absolutely key to the fast, efficient movement of goods around the world. But within the standardized parameters of intermodal containers, there is enormous diversity of equipment types, and CAI has virtually every type of commonly used containers in its fleet. In addition to the standard and high cube dry vans (in 20- and 40-foot lengths), we supply an array of more specialized container types:

  • Dry Van

    The standard container type for international shipping, the dry van comes in various sizes from the 20' standard to the 45' high cube.

  • Open Top

    Used for moving bulky and oversized cargo, open top containers feature a heavy tarp cover supported by removable bows.

  • Flat Rack

    With a wood deck and steel end panels, flat racks are heavily reinforced to support building products, machinery, and other heavy-duty cargo.

  • Refrigerated

    Known universally as reefers, refrigerated containers keep heat-sensitive goods—often fresh or frozen food—cold and stable.

  • Generator Sets

    When reefers travel across the ocean, they are typically powered by the ship’s main power.  On the road and rail, however, they run on these diesel-powered generator sets.

  • Palletwide

    With an extra two inches of internal width, these fit two Euro-sized pallets side by side. This makes palletwides the consumer goods containers of choice in Europe.

  • Swap Body

    A special dry van, the swap body is built for land transport within Europe. Swap bodies are often tailored to their cargo with special doors, garment hanging systems, or keyhole systems for the KEP and palletized markets.

  • Rolltrailer

    Used in terminals and on roll on-roll off vessels, rolltrailers are flatbed trailers designed for the biggest and heaviest industrial applications.

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Intermodal Container Leasing
Tailored, flexible leases to fit your container needs

Our deepest roots are in the container business, and our fleet today is substantial and diverse: 3 million-plus TEU's to hold every form of cargo, including finished goods, agricultural products, refrigerated goods, commodities, and raw materials. The scale and scope of our container fleet help us meet the needs of more than 300 container leasing customers, including many of the world’s largest international container shipping lines, shippers, and logistics companies.

CAI tailors leases to meet your strategic, operational, and financing requirements. We work hard to understand your goals and to build deep and lasting relationships with you. CAI has offices throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America, including our headquarters in San Francisco, California. Our representatives are based in key shipping locations and our company has relationships with more than 300 depot facilities in 48 countries. We are everywhere you need us to be for container sales and container leasing.

As the dynamics of global shipping are continually in flux, we also add value through a sophisticated, real-time equipment control system that provides up-to-the-minute visibility on the status of our global fleet. This enables us to accurately track usage and simplify your accounting and reconciliation processes. We also customize the way we interact with your systems and provide container-related inventory and movement information through a direct, online log-in available to all of our container leasing customers.  Current lease customers are encouraged to request a user ID here.


Product diversity in container leasing is vitally important to our customers; flexibility in terms of lease agreements is also crucial. We tailor container leases to meet your strategic, operational, and financing requirements.