Are you purchasing a shipping container? Read these top ten tips so you can choose the right container for you…
Whether you are chasing a new container or a used one, there is more to purchasing a shipping container than simply going out and buying one, and in this post we’ll look at 10 key tips to keep in mind.
#1 – What Will the Container Be Used For?
Until you have a firm idea of what purpose your shipping container will serve on a regular basis, you won’t be able to make a clear decision on any of the other important factors.
#2 – Shipping Container Size
One of the very first things you’ll need to decide on is the size of cargo container to suit your needs. The two most common sizes are the 20ft container (the most versatile and most popular), and the mammoth 40ft container. There is also a budget 10ft container if you don’t require much space.
#3 – New Or Used Shipping Container
A new container will obviously be more expensive, whereas there are loads of high quality used shipping containers on the market for a cheaper price. If cross-contamination is an issue, then new might be the way to go. Used containers are usually graded A, B and C, with A being the best quality.
#4 – Do You Need a High Cube Shipping Container?
High cube containers are slightly taller than regular containers, with roughly an extra foot of head room internally. They’re great for transporting or storing extra tall cargo.
#5 – Refrigerated Or Non-Refrigerated?
The choice here is pretty obvious. If you are storing or transporting perishable goods, or temperature sensitive goods, then you’ll need a refrigerated or reefer container.
#6 – What Is Your Budget?
Prices can vary a lot depending on condition and size of the container. Before you can really decide on the container you need, you first have to work out how much you can afford to spend. No point aiming for a new refrigerated container if the budget only allows cash for a C Grade used container.
#7 – Decide On the Type of Shipping Container
Not only do cargo containers come in various lengths, there are also different types, such as: open top containers, side opening containers, flat rack and dangerous goods containers.
#8 – Has the Container Been Modified?
Some containers have been modified for specific purposes that may not suit your requirements. An example would be a pop up roadside restaurant, which are becoming more common.
#9 – Inspect the Shipping Container First
This is particularly important when buying a used container. Either inspect it yourself, or hire an expert to do the inspection for you. After all, you want to be sure you’re getting your money’s worth and that the container is up to par for your needs.
#10 – Choose a Reputable Shipping Container Supplier
Find a supplier who has been in the game for a long time and has developed a checkable reputation for quality, price and service. This is an important step to ensure you get the very best shipping container for your money.