4 Key Considerations Before Buying Shipping Containers

19 January 2021
 Categories: Business, Blog


Are you looking to buy a shipping container for extra storage space, a temporary building, or you want to transfer cargo? Shipping containers have many uses; hence, they are becoming increasingly popular in different businesses because of their versatility and durability. Buyers need to cover their bases when looking for shipping containers. This article examines some critical considerations before buying this type of storage.


Shipping containers are available in an array of sizes to suit different applications and user preferences. Also, all containers have a maximum cargo capacity for safe storage and transportation. The most common sizes for shipping containers include 40 feet, 20 feet, and 10 feet. 20-ft and 40-feet containers are standard and easy to find. Therefore, the containers can offer buyers value for money, especially when looking to save a buck. Another container configuration to bear in mind is the high cube variants with an extra 30cm height.

Delivery Cost 

Shipping containers are bulky items that cannot be transported by regular vehicles. Therefore, transporting the containers usually comes with added expenses. Before buying shipping containers, make sure that you know where they are located. Shipping containers situated within your locality are cheaper compared to containers in far-flung areas. Also, before choosing a shipping container vendor, ask if they offer free transportation for the containers. The delivery cost is sometimes incorporated in the overall buying price, but some vendors charge a separate delivery fee.


As noted above, shipping containers can be put to different uses. Used shipping containers are graded from A to C based on their condition. Grade A containers are in excellent condition with minimal defects, while grade C containers are pretty standard. The application determines the container grade to choose. For example, if you buy a shipping container to transport foodstuffs, make sure that it is an A-grade container and classified as "food grade." C-grade containers are ideal when you want to retrofit or repurpose shipping containers for other uses.


Regardless of the final application, shipping containers must be wind and airtight for added reliability and comfort. Such containers protect valuables from the harsh Australian weather and are durable. Therefore, any signs of damage, such as holes, dents and water patches, could mean that a shipping container lets in moisture, vermin and wind. In this regard, hire a qualified inspector to check for signs of damage. Also, the doors and hinges should be in good working condition. Additionally, the padlock and steel lockbox should be safe and secure.