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November 09, 2008

The Box

BBC shipping box

It's no news that the world is one huge, interconnected marketplace, fueled by international trade, global manufacture and global demand, and an almost unimaginably vast transport infrastructure.

This year the BBC undertook a unique project to explore global trade...the took one of the ubiquitous shipping containers that are the basic unit of international commerce, marked it up with the BBC logo, slapped a GPS unit on its roof, and are tracking it as it journeys around the world.

The Box was last spotted being unloaded off a cargo ship in Shanghai. The photo above is from a BBC TV report on the box's arrival.

Fans of The Box can follow its progress on the BBC website. It's expected to hit the high seas again any day now.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 9, 2008 10:53 PM