Buying a shipping container is a big commitment, both when it comes to physical size and in sorting through practical logistics. We understand it can be a stressful process, which is why we strive to make it as smooth, easy, and convenient for all of our customers to select the right shipping containers for their individual needs.
To help make this exciting investment a little easier for you, and to help ensure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase, we've compiled the only shipping container buying guide you'll ever need.
Read on to learn the esentials to shipping containers, how to choose the perfect match, and finally why buying from us is the way to go.
There are a few major sizes of shipping containers, and the type you need will depend on a few factors, including the location you intend to put it, what you plan on using it for, and what your budget is.
Specs:- Size(length x width x height): 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in - Empty Weight (Tare): 5,030 lbs - Capacity (Payload): 62,390 lbs- Internal Size (length x width x heigh): 19ft 9in x 7ft 10in x 7ft 10in- Door Opening (width x heigh): 7ft 10in x 7ft 10in
The 40 ft shipping containers comes in two different styles: standard and high-cube. The major difference is that high-cube containers are one foot taller than standard ones.
Standard Specs:- Size(length x width x height): 40ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in - Empty Weight (Tare): 8,024 lbs - Capacity (Payload): 63,625 lbs- Internal Size (length x width x heigh): 39ft 9in x 7ft 10in x 7ft 10in- Door Opening (width x heigh): 7ft 10in x 7ft 10in
High Cube Specs:- Size(length x width x height): 40ft x 8ft x 9ft 6in - Empty Weight (Tare): 8,024 lbs - Capacity (Payload): 63,625 lbs- Internal Size (length x width x heigh): 39ft 9in x 7ft 10in x 8ft 10in- Door Opening (width x heigh): 7ft 10in x 8ft 10in
While both standard and high-cube options work well for a variety of practical and creative uses, some find that the high-cube shipping containers are better if you plan on adding insulation, as they provide more standing room. However, standard containers tend to be more budget-friendly. Similarly, 40 ft containers will be more expensive, but they also offer more space for storage or modifications, as long as you have adequate room where you plan to store it.
All shipping containers are manufactured overseas, mainly in Asia. They are then shipped to the United States carrying a cargo load. Once containers reach their destinations, some will become available for immediate sale, while others will continue to be used for more cargo loads, often for many years before they become available for sale.
How long the shipping container carried cargo for, alongside other factors, help determine what type of shipping container it’s classified as. In general, there are three major types:
Just like their name implies, new, or one-trip, shipping containers have carried only one load of cargo before being available for sale. Because they have only been used for a very short amount of time, their condition is like new, and there will be minimal dings and dents.
A shipping container that has been deemed cargo worthy means that it has been inspected and approved for overseas shipping. A third party surveyor will look it over and analyze its structural integrity along with evaluating for any major physical damage. If it it’s determined that it could safely transport material around the globe, then it will get the cargo worthy stamp of approval.
Wind water tight shipping containers tend to be the most affordable option. Generally, these containers have been used for years and are no longer deemed cargo worthy. While there may be a bit of cosmetic damage, they are still extremely durable and weather-proof.
Deciding which type of shipping container is right for you depends on your unique needs. If you’re simply looking for a durable storage option that will keep your belongings safe from extreme weather and vermin, CW and WWT shipping containers work great. Even if there is a bit of cosmetic wear and tear, those small issues can be repaired, and it doesn’t typically affect the structural durability. However, if you want a model that has no dents and rust, a new shipping container will suit you best. Because there is no need for surface-level repairs, these are also great for those who want to start customizing their container right away.
You’ll also want to consider if you’ll ever want the option of shipping your container by rail or sea. If that’s a possibility, then you’ll need to go with a cargo worthy or new one.
When you’re thinking of purchasing something as large as a shipping container, you want to get it right the first time. At Greater Containers, we understand this completely, and we are fully confident you’ll be satisfied finding your shipping container right here with us, due to our:
If this buying guide still left you with a few questions, check out our FAQ or get in touch directly with one our friendly, knowledgeable representatives. We can’t wait to help you find your shipping container!
Ready to buy a shipping container but have a few questions first? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to find your answers.