Each shipping container begins with a big roll of COR-TEN Steel (aka weathering steel) and then is processed and assembled using advanced machinery systems in Asia. Every component goes through a technical process, including the corrugated walls, frame, cross members, and cargo doors to ensure the container’s durability. The 1 ⅛ marine-grade plywood is screwed to steel beams on the bottom of the shipping container, supporting the weight of a loaded forklift truck.
After the container has been assembled, it is painted to provide adequate protection against saltwater and other extreme conditions of sea transport. Finally, the container is inspected and certified before it can be used to transport cargo to prevent the risk of structural failure and protect human life.
Yes, there are different types of shipping containers, and the standards are:
Dry Van Shipping Containers: This is the most common shipping container on the market. It’s made from marine-grade materials that include 14 gauge rust-inhibiting steel and 1 ⅛” marine grade plywood flooring. They are wind and water tight and come standard with small pressure vents for minimal air flow but not sufficient to create functional ventilation in the interior of the container. Refrigerated Shipping Containers: These are special containers that have been insulated to regulate temperature. They are made from stainless steel and are equipped with a refrigeration system (ranges from -15°F to 65°F) for transporting perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.
There are also specialized shipping containers such as tunnel containers, flat racks, open-top containers, etc.For a detailed guide of container types that will help you choose the right container for you, read this article.
The most commonly used shipping container sizes are:
Shipping containers are graded in the following:
New ‘One-Trip’ Container: A one-trip shipping container is essentially a new shipping container. It has been built in the factory (most likely in China) and has completed one international trip from the factory to the destination country. One-trip shipping containers typically carry cargo to keep the cost of transportation down as the freight will effectively pay for the transport of the shipping container.
Used WWT Container: Used containers are ideal for those who are less concerned with aesthetics and are looking to bridge the gap between function and cost. The used containers are typically about half the cost of a one-trip container and will be around 12-15 years old. Used containers are sourced from international shipping lines so they will vary in color and often have shipping logos. They will have superficial dents and scratches, and rust from the exposed steel of the container oxidizing from years of overseas shipping. These are dry van containers which means they carried mostly dry goods and equipment and should not have dangerous chemical residue.
Refurbished: Refurbished shipping containers are used WWT (Wind and Water Tight) containers that have been painted and repaired to extend their lifespan. They can be modified to order in our depots and are a great option when appearance may be a concern but a new container is just outside your budget. At On-Site Storage Solutions, we offer three levels of refurbishments: Typical, Full, and Factory Refurbishment.
New and used metal shipping containers are very secure,structurally sound and can be delivered quickly to your location for a fraction of the cost that it would take to build a shed. Also, unlike a shed, a container provides you with a mobile storage option that you can relocate or remove when desired. On-site Storage Solutions North America locations mean we can provide near you at the best price.
We sell directly to both individuals and retailers. So,whether you need one container or 100, we will assist you with the entire buying process and make it as seamless as possible.
You can easily order a container by giving us a call at (888) 667-4834 or requesting a quote. You can also go here for pricing near your location. Either way, one of our highly knowledgeable sales representatives will answer any of your container and delivery questions and assist you with your order to ensure you get the right type of shipping container delivered to you.
No, the delivery cost is additional and is based on mileage from the shipping container depot to your delivery site.. Customers need to make sure a big rig truck weighing over 30,000 pounds can make the delivery. Our experts will work closely with you to make sure the delivery goes well.
The delivery of your shipping container normally takes about 3-7 business days, depending on driver availability.
On-Site Storage Solutions has a network of independent drivers around the world to deliver the container to almost any location you need to. These drivers have specialized equipment that enables them to pick up the container and deliver it to the ground. The type of truck depends on the driver and the customer’s requirements.
Note: Not all trucks are available in some locations. If you have space limitations or any concerns, please advise the sales agent so that when the container is being delivered, we have the right type of truck and equipment to deliver it properly.
These metal shipping containers are large and heavy and require specialized delivery equipment. Our driving partners have specialized equipment that enables them to pick up and deliver the container to the ground. Tilt-bed delivery typically runs $5-$10 a mile, with all drivers having a minimum delivery of $300-$500 just to load the container.. For pricing in your location, you can request a quote.
For a 20-ft container, you’ll need to have at least 60-80 feet of straight space to accommodate a 40-foot trailer truck. A 40-ft container requires 100-120 feet of straight space to accommodate a 60-foot trailer truck. If your space is limited, we can make special arrangements.