Frequently asked questions

What material are shipping containers made of?

“Corten” corrosion-resistant steel is used to manufacture dry cargo containers. The container’s frame, roof and side panels, together with the doors, are pre-treated to ensure longevity and all parts are treated with a standard chlorinated marine plastic or acrylic paint. The floors are primarily plywood, however some units for special cargo types are equipped with steel floors.

What sizes are containers available in?

Shipping containers are built in accordance with ISO specifications. The most used are 20-foot and 40-foot containers. 8 foot and 10 foot containers can also be supplied. All standard containers have the same width and height. The tall 8’6 foot container is 9’6 feet tall.

What condition is a used container in?

All used products will be affected by weather and wind. The condition of a used container depends on its previous use. Most shipping containers spend most of their lifetime on board a container ship. These containers will invariably have damage from loading and unloading.

Where can I place a container?

Just about anywhere. Asphalt, gravel, grass, dirt or concrete surfaces are all usable. The container is self-supporting in the 4 corners. On soft ground, however, we always recommend placing 4 road tiles/2 railway sleepers or similar underneath to distribute the weight. A similar surface is needed near the container to allow the truck delivering the container to enter the site and to provide the necessary stability to load/unload it.

What will be the profit from buying a new versus a used container?

In general, the price of a container is determined based on three factors. First of all, the condition of the container. Next, the dollar exchange rate, as international trade with all new and used containers takes place in dollars. And last but not least, the global economy plays a role, as lessors who traditionally have a higher number of available containers will write down the value. It is impossible to predict what value it will have in the future, but in general new containers sold for private use will have a higher value. Whereas units that are older and have been used for international shipping will definitely be more rusty and, if they have not been maintained, will depreciate more quickly.

Can we rebuild a container?

For private and permanent storage, almost any conversion can be done. But containers that are to be used for international shipping should undergo a new test to ensure that there is continued conformity between both ISO and CSC (Conventions for safe containers). You can both rent and buy converted containers at M/S CONTAINERS.

What is the floor of the container made of?

Since the 1990s, the floor in almost all standard containers has been made of plywood. Refrigerated containers (Reefer) have an aluminum “T” section floor.

Are all containers painted?

All new containers are finished with a marine quality paint adapted to the requirements for international shipping. M/S Container’s containers are usually blue as standard, but can be delivered in other colors if desired (this may delay delivery, however).

How high can they be stacked?

In the shipping world, the units are stacked aboard a ship up to nine high. In this case, the bottom container carries up to 200 tons on its four corners. A container’s strength lies in its frame. The wavy sides simply hold the load. Therefore, you can only store light items on the roof of a container, as heavy items will cause permanent damage or at least dents in the roof panels. If you plan to stack containers, you should always ask us for advice first.

Do you deliver containers anywhere in the EU?

Yes, we deliver containers throughout the EU.

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