What is the difference between a NEW or Used container?
New containers are also known as New/oneway (One Trip) containers, which mean they have had a one way move from the manufacturer overseas to North America.
Used containers have been used in international container shipping for an average of 10 to 14 years and still maintain an international grading of cargo worthy.
People have known international shipping containers by various names:
Conex, ISO, freight, export, shipping, storage, cargo, seaworthy, boxes, portable, pods, containerized, etc.
What size containers are available?
Length 20 ft. – 40 ft. – 45 ft.
Height 8’ 6” high called Standard containers & 9’ 6” high called High Cube containers
Width 8 ft.
What is the difference between a Standard container & a High Cube container?
A Standard container is 8’ 6” high
A High Cube container is 9’ 6” high
Are there different types of Used containers?
The grading system in the container industry…Range from Cargo Worthy for Ocean Export – Water/wind tight – Structurally Sound
Any other grading is subjective by the owner of the container…not a good system.
# 1. IICL5 – Generally range from 2 to 5 year old container in near new condition.
# 2. Cargo Worthy – Certified – Containers meet all requirements of CSC criteria for ocean movement overseas. Certified means a licensed private company has inspected the container to confirm it meets all requirements for international ocean shipment.
# 3. Water/wind tight & structurally sound – the containers have structural integrity and are able to carry same weight as it was built to carry. Container is water/wind tight ….means it is dry inside.
What is the difference between Ocean Export or Storage containers?
# 1. Cargo Worthy – Certified – Container meet all requirements of CSC criteria for ocean movement overseas. Certified means a licensed private company has inspected the container to confirm it meets all requirements for International ocean shipment
# 2. Water/wind tight & structurally sound – the containers have structural integrity that meet the manufacturer requirements and are able to carry same weight as it was built to carry. Water/wind tight means containers are dry inside.
# 3. IICL5 – a container that is only several years old in near new condition
# 4. New/oneway containers – a new container that has had a one way loaded move to the United States from the factory in China.
Average age of a used shipping container?
Used containers generally average 10 to 14 years old.
Condition of used shipping containers?
Be careful when comparing pricing. Not all used containers are equal – the greatest percentage of used containers we sell are graded as cargo worthy.
Used containers may have some dings & dents with exterior rust but does not affect the structural aspect of the container.
What type of flooring is in a container?
Most used containers have a 1 1/8” laminated plywood flooring with steel cross member beams underneath.
Are storage containers water/tight?
Our containers are completely enclosed to offer wind and water protection. We guarantee all of our containers to be wind / water tight at time of pick up or time of delivery.
What types of delivery do you offer?
Our delivery prices include two primary options.
Delivery via a tilt bed trailer (roll-off / tilt body) truck placing container on the ground
Via a flat bed or step deck trailer requiring customers to lift container off at time of arrival
Can I pick up the container if I have my own delivery truck?
Yes, at no additional cost, we will lift container and place on your trailer requiring you to secure container completely.
How much does it costs to deliver?
How much space is required for delivery?
The tilt bed trailer (roll-off / tilt body) delivery truck is backed into position and tilted down, the truck or trailers drives out from under the container. For a 20 ft. long storage container, about 75 feet of straight clearance is needed. For a 40 ft. long storage container, the truck and trailer will need about 110 feet.
Is there any preparation I need to do to my site?
The site should be fairly level and firm. We have delivered on grass, dirt, cement and pavement. 40 ft. containers should be level.
How long will delivery take, once I order a container?
We strive to deliver storage containers to fit your needs. Generally in a 2 to 3 day window.
Do I have to be present for the delivery?
Absolutely, we highly recommend that an authorized representative be there for delivery. If that is not possible, other arrangements can be made. Please call our office to arrange such a delivery.
How do I purchase a container?
Once you decide what size container to purchase, we will email or fax you an invoice. Upon receipt of your payment we will either schedule delivery or provide pick up information.
What type of payment is required?
Payment can be made with a credit card (we accept all cards), mailed check (personnel or company), wire transfer, ACH, or overnighted tracking # from a check
What color are the containers?
Our New containers are generally beige/ tan. We do not sell used containers by color.
Can a ground level portable container be moved loaded?
We do not move loaded containers.