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Frequently Asked Questions


 

New containers are also known as new/oneway (one trip) containers, which mean they have had a one way loaded move from the manufacturer overseas to North America.

Used containers have been used in international container shipping for an average of 12 to 16 years. They can still maintain an international grading of "Cargo Worthy", "Wind/Water Tight", or "As Is".

Yes, they can be called Conex, ISO, freight, export, shipping, storage, cargo, seaworthy, boxes, portable, pods, containerized, etc.

Length 20 ft. - 40 ft.
Height 8' 6" high are called Standard containers & 9' 6" high are called High Cube containers
Width 8 ft.

A Standard container is 8' 6" high
A High Cube container is 9' 6" high

The grading system in the container industry ranges from IICL, Cargo Worthy for Ocean Export, Wind/Water tight and As Is.
There is no other industry recognized grading system.

  1. IICL - Container age can range from 4 to 8 years.
  2. Cargo Worthy - Certified containers meet all requirements of CSC criteria for ocean export movement overseas. Certified means a licensed private company has inspected the container to confirm it meets all requirements for international ocean shipment.
  3. Wind/Water tight containers have structural integrity and are able to carry the same weight for which they were built. The Wind/Water Tight designation means the container is dry inside.
  4. As Is condition means the container comes with no guarantees.

  1. New/oneway container - a new container that has had a one way loaded move to the United States from the factory in China
  2. IICL - a container that is only several years old in near new condition.
  3. 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. A certification document is issued and required by most steamship lines for ocean shipment.
  4. Wind/Water tight containers have structural integrity that meet the manufacturer requirements and are able to carry the same weight for which they were built. Wind/Water Tight means containers are dry inside.
  5. As Is condition means the container comes with no guarantees.

Used containers generally average 10 to 16 years old.

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 - none of which affects the structural integrity of the container.

Most used containers have a 1 1/8" laminated marine grade plywood flooring with steel cross member beams underneath.

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 delivery.

Our delivery prices include two primary options.
Delivery via a tilt bed trailer (roll-off / tilt body) truck that places the container on the ground. A second optional delivery is via a flat bed or step deck trailer requiring customers to lift the container off at time of arrival.

Yes, at no additional cost we will lift the container and place it on your trailer (as long as your trailer meets all state highway requirements) requiring you to completely secure the container.

Delivery costs depend on the distance to your site from where we store the containers. We suggest you contact us by phone - Monday through Friday - 7am to 5pm (Central Standard Time) 708 639-4992 or email at [email protected]

The tilt bed trailer (roll-off / tilt body) delivery truck is backed into position and tilted down, the truck or trailers drive 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 of straight line space.

The site should be fairly level and firm. We have delivered on grass, dirt, cement and pavement. 40 ft. containers should be level.

We strive to deliver containers generally within a 2 to 3 day window Monday through Friday.

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.

Once you decide on the size container to purchase and delivery options, call our office and we will email or fax you an invoice. Upon receipt of your payment we will either schedule delivery or provide you with pick-up information.

Payment can be made with a credit card (we accept all cards), mailed check (personal or company), wire transfer, ACH, or overnighted tracking # from a check.

Our New containers are generally beige / tan or gray. We do not sell used containers by color. However for a multiple container purchase we can usually match the container colors

We do not move loaded containers with our tilt bed trucks.




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