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Common Questions about Containers

There is a lot to consider when you are looking for a container. From their construction to the difference between new and used storage containers, Container Resale in Burlington has provided a list of commonly asked questions here for your information.

What are shipping containers?

Shipping containers are steel containers that were developed for the shipping industry. They are made out of high tensile, rust-inhibiting corten steel and are therefore very strong and weatherproof. The structure of shipping containers makes them able to be stacked on top of one another. All of this makes shipping containers ideal for storage, office accommodation, etc.

How are shipping containers constructed?

The rigid steel framework supports the corrugated steel walls. There are double doors at one end (usually referred to as the back) that have 4 full height locking bars, each having lockable handles. The internal is constructed of 27mm treated timber secured to a steel undercarriage.

What is the difference between a new, or ex-factory, storage container and a used one?

New containers are also referred to as ex-factory or “one trip” use because they are shipping containers that have been shipped over directly from China with one load in them. They are suitable for shipping or for storage, particularly when appearance is important as they are in new condition. All new containers are equipped with lock boxes for extra security.

The condition of a used container obviously depends on its previous use and age. It is important to check that the container is wind and watertight (free of leaks or holes) and structurally sound before buying. If you want to use the container for shipping, you need to check that it still has a valid CSC plate. Container Resale can provide survey and cargo-worthy certificates with each purchased container, which is necessary documentation for export.

What are the costs involved in renting a shipping container?

Call Container Resale for pricing. Rental determined by container size, rental period and delivery distance.

How long can I expect my shipping container to last?

As all the shipping containers we sell are designed to cope with marine voyages, they are extremely strong and durable. Obviously, the length of time the container will last depends on the conditions it is kept in. New or ex-factory containers have only had one journey over from China and therefore could be reasonably expected to last for about 30 years. The secondhand shipping containers we supply are on average 10 to 15 years old, are wind and watertight and with minimum maintenance can last an additional 20 years.

Where is your container depot, and how much will it cost to have a shipping container delivered?

Our office is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. If you contact us with your delivery location we can provide you with an accurate shipping cost.

Can I view the container I am purchasing or renting?

Yes, please contact us and we will arrange for a viewing at our Burlington facility.

How do I prepare the site for my shipping container?

Shipping containers should be placed on level ground, otherwise it can be difficult to open and shut the container doors easily. Levelling can be achieved by various methods (railway ties, paving slabs, cement blocks etc). Although it is the buyers’ responsibility to make sure the ground is adequately prepared, our drivers will help with positioning the container wherever possible.

Is condensation a problem in shipping containers?

All shipping containers have vents with baffles to let air in and keep water (be it sea or rain) out. In general, container venting is adequate enough to prevent condensation. However, temperature changes and moisture contained in cargo can create condensation droplets on the interior roof. Various methods such as moisture traps, extra venting or minimal roof insulation can prevent any condensation from occurring.

How do I maintain my shipping container?

Because a shipping container is made of steel it requires little regular maintenance. The only thing we would suggest is to make sure that the door hinges and locking rods are greased at regular intervals.

If you have more specific questions, please contact us.

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