Frequently Asked Questions

What is a container?

A shipping container is a modular, stackable steel box, the standard sized boxes are 8’6” high and are available in 20’, 40’. The hi-cube boxes are 9’6” high, are available in 20’, 40’, 45’ and 53’. Containers are built for durability, made from corrosion weathering and resistant Cor-tan steel. As well as serving as a great way to ship goods by boat, train or truck, shipping containers are often used by individuals and businesses for storage. In recent years, they have also been shaped by architects and builders into homes, cottages, offices and stores.

What are a container’s specifications?

The container is comprised of 14-gauge corrugated steel panels throughout.  Standard formats are equipped with lockable double doors on one end, 1-1/8” thick marine plywood flooring on the interior, 2 vents which serve to reduce humidity as well as condensation and fork pockets for easy handling.

What do you need to store?… from there what size do you need?

The size of the container will depend upon what you are storing and the amount of space you have set aside for its use. You will need to consider delivery space, this is usually double the length of the container plus 10 feet.

Should I lease or purchase? 

If you plan to use it for storage for a few months, you may want to consider leasing a container. If for a longer period, purchasing is your best option.

What are the available conditions?

New or “one trip”:

New or “one-trip” containers are almost new and are in very good condition. These containers are usually made in Asia and used once for cargo shipping before being sold to you. They are often listed as “new” or “one trip” they will have a few minor scratches from their initial trip. These containers come standard with a lock box.

Cargo worthy or Grade A:

A “cargo worthy” container indicates that the unit has been inspected by a cargo surveyor and does not leak. It has been deemed worthy of ocean cargo transport, therefore the container’s integrity as a whole has not been compromised. The container’s beams, doors, locking assembly and weathertight door seals hinges are in good condition. By default, this does not mean that the export certificate is available. Usually these containers are the most aesthetic option.

Wind and watertight or Grade B:

Wind and watertight are the most economical option. It is likely that they have been retired by shipping companies however they should not leak, doors, locking assembly and weathertight door seals hinges are in good condition.

As is or Grade C:

An “as is” container is a retired shipping container. It will have rust and dents but still makes for great storage solution. Although we inspect these units for structural integrity, there are no guarantees that they are wind and watertight. These units are sold “as is”.

What to expect prior to purchase?

Available at our various locations, is a wide variety of new and used quality containers. Keeping your needs and your budget in mind, we go above and beyond and chose the right containers for you. Kindly note that these categories of containers are impermeable: new, cargo worthy and wind & water tight.

What are the important things to look for?

Check if the locking assembly and weather tight door seals which keep your items safe, secure and protected from the elements are in good working condition. Inspect the interior, if there is no water accumulation on the floor, the container does not leak. Step inside the container, close the doors and look to confirm that there are no signs of light prying into the container, this should be a good indicator that the container does not have holes.

What to prepare prior to delivery?

Take extra care of placing your container on wooden or cement blocks so that it is not directly on the ground. This will prolong the longevity of your container, for it will allow proper circulation of air underneath your container and will prevent the bottom from rotting prematurely. Ensure that the ground as well as the blocks are levelled so that you may properly open and close the doors to your container.

Why use containers for storage?

  • Helps promote re-usable goods therefore it is eco-friendly

  • It is mobile

  • Can easily be stacked with proper equipment

  • Can be painted and or modified to fit your tastes, needs and requirements

  • Made out of cor-ten steel which is a weathering steel. This steel develops through time a layer protecting the surface which regenerates continuously when subjected to the influence of the weather.