Shipping containers are designed to be used as sturdy structures that can safely transport heavy loads of cargo. However, they are currently being recognized for their widely versatile nature. They have been built into innovative, economical, and eco-friendly creations, such as:
Disaster relief shelters
New containers, also sometimes called one-trip shipping containers, are containers that have been used to ship one load of cargo and then are sold immediately after that. Unlike shipping containers that have been used for many cargo trips, these containers have minimal wear and tear and generally hold up longer and better than heavily used ones.
A cargo worthy shipping container is a container that has been inspected for structural integrity by a licensed third party who deems that it is safe for overseas shipping. There is also minimal cosmetic damage, such as dents or rust.
Wind water tight shipping containers are usually the most affordable option. They get their moniker because they are weatherproof and also keep out rodents. These containers have generally been used for multiple years, and they are no longer cargo worthy. Because these containers are a bit older, they tend to show more cosmetic wear and tear. However, they are still a great option for anyone who wants a container that is durable and weatherproof.
TIR stands for Transport Internationaux Routiers, which is an agreement between certain countries that regulates the transfer of goods from the customs department of the country of departure to the customs department at the destination.
UIC stands for Union International des Chemins de Fer. Shipping containers must meet the standards of UIC in order to be transported on the railroad.
CSC stands for Convention of Safe Containers. A container that is going to be transported overseas must meet the safety regulations set in place by CSC.
ISO stands for International Standards Organization. Shipping containers that are labeled as ISO have met specific height and durability requirements that allow them to be transported internationally by various transport methods.
The main difference between high cubes and standard shipping containers is that high cube shipping containers are one foot taller, which is an attractive feature for those who are building actual shelters out of their shipping containers.
For example, a 40 foot standard shipping is 8’ 6’’ tall and a 40 foot high cube container will be 9’ 6’’ tall.
Another difference is that the weight of the high cube container (8775 pounds) will be slightly more than the standard (8000 pounds), though their max gross weight of 67, 200 pounds (including cargo inside) is actually still the same for each.
Each area operates differently when it comes to permits, and some locations base their decisions on what the shipping container is being used for, where it is located on the property, etc. The best thing to do is to research your local laws and regulations before shopping for your container.
We absolutely understand that a shipping container is a large purchase, and naturally, you want to see what your investment looks like before committing.
Due to safety reasons, it is not feasible to allow customers to actually visit the depots where the shipping containers are being held.
The good news is that we are normally able to provide quality photos of our shipping containers on our website so that our customers can utilize visual aids while shopping.*
*Note that there are occasions when obtaining photos of all of our shipping containers across all depots isn’t possible.
There are quite a few details that go into delivering such a large item, and the more that logistics are sorted out ahead of time, the smoother the whole operation will go. We’ll need to:
Obtain the delivery address. We’ll use your address to provide a delivery price quote.
Schedule delivery. Once the sale has been finalized and the invoice has been paid, we’ll talk with you about the timeline you need your shipping container to be delivered by. We’ll then coordinate with drivers and schedule your delivery.
Gather delivery-site details. The more information you can give us about the site that you want the shipping container delivered to, the more prepared we can be. If there are power-lines, fences, etc. in the way, we’ll need to consider what the most practical course of action is. We’ll use Google Maps to view the streets near the drop site, but it’s also extremely helpful when the customer sends us photos of the area from different angles.
Learn what direction the customer wants the doors to face at the drop-site.We’ll load the shipping container into the trailer in a way that allows it to be facing the preferred direction when it is unloaded. This is important to get right the first time, as it would take heavy machinery to turn it around.
Ensure the ground will be level. There are many ways for customers to prepare the site for a smooth delivery, but the most important thing is that the ground is level. When the ground isn’t level, the doors will not work properly, and it may affect the Wind Water Tight guarantee.
We’ll provide more detailed delivery site preparation instructions for our customers, but these points offer a solid baseline of items to consider.
Shipping containers are made of Cor-ten steel, a specific type of steel that is corrosion resistant. These containers are build to travel on the open ocean and are subjected to extremely harsh weather conditions. They are durable and strong, and designed to withstand such conditions and protect cargo. The marine plywood flooring and door seals protect again rodents and weather.
Your shipping container will not come with a lock. There are various methods to secure your shipping container, such as Lockboxes and heavy duty padlocks. How you chose to secure it will be up to you.
We will talk with you about your preferred timeline, and then we will work with our drivers to get your delivery scheduled in a quick and convenient manner. Of course, the distance your shipping container is traveling from the depot will factor into the timetable.
We work hard to make sure each one of our customers is fully satisfied with their purchase, which is why we offer a full money back guarantee.
That being said, it does come with a few restrictions:
For insurance purposes, customers must inspect the shipping container while it is still loaded on the trailer. This also allows us to smoothly return the shipping container should the customer decide he/she doesn’t want it.
If the customer is happy with the container, the shipping container will be unloaded as planned. We ask that our customers take their time and conduct thorough inspections, as containers cannot be returned once they are unloaded from the trailer.
If the customer does want to return the container, the full amount of the shipping container (excluding the delivery costs and the in-gate/restocking fee) will be refunded.
The short and easy answer is that it depends. Many factors affect the price of shipping containers, including:
The size of the container
What type of container it is (high-cube, standard, New, etc.)
Whether it is new or used
Where you are located
How many modes of transportation are necessary in order to ship it
As you can see, many factors go into how much the actual container costs as well as how much it will be to ship. Without knowing what type and size of container you are looking for, as well as where you are located, it’s difficult to fairly estimate the cost.
Because we want to be accurate with our quotes, calling us and giving us the details of what you’re looking for and where you’re located is the best way to obtain a price point. You can also go through our buying process on our website for more details.
If you have a trailer, pick-up is generally possible. Call for more details.
Once you place your order, you will be emailed an invoice for the shipping container and shipping fees. There are a few types of payment options available:
Bank transfers are free and tend to be the most convenient option for all parties.
We accept all major credit cards, though a 2.9% transaction fee applies.
In general, the invoice must be paid before delivery is scheduled, though we occasionally can collect a certified check upon delivery if a business is reputable or we’ve done business with the customer before.
We will always call you after your shipping container arrives to ensure you are fully satisfied with your purchase.
This largely depends on your intended use, personal preference, and budget allowance.
If you don’t mind a bit of cosmetic damage and are simply looking for a durable weatherproof storage option, used containers are perfect options. They will still last for years, and they are the best option if budget is a main focus. You can always repaint and repair minor dings and dents as well.
However, if appearance is important to you, you think you may want to ship your container overseas someday, or you simply want to have the highest quality and the most modern option, New or Cargo Worthy containers may be better for you.
If these questions have helped you narrow down what type of shipping container is perfect for you, use our simple buying guide to place your order.
If you still have a question that wasn’t covered here, reach out to us anytime. We’d love to help!