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Typically, delivery takes between 3 to 7 business days for readily available stock. For faster delivery, we recommend early purchase to ensure prompt scheduling. Delivery times for reserved inbound stock may vary due to potential shipping delays.

For a comprehensive understanding, please refer to our detailed delivery guidelines. A 20FT storage container requires at least 60 feet of straight clearance, while a 40FT or 45FT container needs a minimum of 100 feet. Ensure gate width is at least 10 feet and clearance from low-hanging branches is around 14 feet or more, especially at the drop-off area, to facilitate truck bed elevation.

We use tilt-bed trucks and trailers designed to place your storage container on the ground. The container slides off gently as the truck bed is raised and the truck moves forward. If you have the means to unload a container yourself, such as a forklift or crane, please inform your sales representative, as discounts on delivery fees, especially for long distances, may be available.

Ensure the site is level, smooth, and firm. Our trucks can unload on various surfaces, including cement, pavement, asphalt, or gravel. We recommend placing pavers or concrete blocks under each corner of the container for better airflow and ease of relocation if needed.

Full payment is required before delivery. We accept personal and business checks, Wire and ACH payments, bank deposits, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and Zelle payments.

Anyone can purchase a shipping container without needing ownership transfer or registration. However, check local regulations regarding storage container usage. The container’s BIC code, printed on all four sides, identifies it during international shipping and storage.

Unfortunately, due to our wholesale nature, we don’t offer container modifications. Our containers are shipped directly from ports and depots. However, shipping containers are easily modifiable for DIY projects.

Ensuring your container is level is crucial. If it’s not on level ground, leveling it post-delivery is necessary. Misalignment, often due to uneven placement, can cause door closure issues. For guidance, watch this instructional video on leveling a shipping container:

Buying Shipping Containers Frequently Asked Questions.

To purchase a used shipping container, simply visit our website, We offer a wide range of options to suit your needs, including various sizes and conditions of containers. Our team will assist you in selecting the perfect container and guide you through purchasing. Contact us today to find the ideal shipping container for your requirements.

Prices vary based on size, condition, and location. In 2023, a new 20-foot container may cost $2,500 to $4,500, and a 40-foot container $4,000 to $7,000. Used containers range from $1,500 to $3,500 (20-foot) and $2,500 to $5,000 (40-foot). Prices fluctuate based on supply, demand, and global economic factors. When purchasing, consider additional costs like delivery and modifications.

Container shipping by truck costs about $3 per mile. Factors influencing the price include distance, container size and weight, and cargo type. Additional costs may include loading/unloading, permits, and escort fees for oversized loads. Prices for a standard 20-foot container range from $500 to $1,500, and for a 40-foot container, from $800 to $2,000, varying based on these factors.

No. But consider local zoning laws and building codes first. Shipping containers require a level, stable surface for installation. Consider the container’s purpose and necessary modifications. Plan for security and be aware of the installation costs.

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With proper maintenance, a shipping container can last 10 to 25 years, sometimes even up to 50 years. Key factors include preventing corrosion, protecting from extreme conditions, and regular maintenance and repairs.

Yes, they are designed to be waterproof (WWT – Wind and Water Tight) with high-grade steel and welded seams. However, waterproofing levels can vary based on age, condition, and quality. While waterproof, they are not completely airtight, which may affect internal humidity levels.

Yes, shipping containers can be effectively used to build Airbnb rentals. This innovative construction approach has gained popularity due to its sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and unique aesthetic appeal.

At Shipping Containers Depot, we offer 20ft, 40ft, and 40ft High Cube containers. Their dimensions are:

  • Length: 20ft or 40ft
  • Width: 8ft
  • Height: 8ft 6in for standard containers, 9ft 6in for High Cube containers.

The weight of our shipping containers varies based on their size. For example:

  • A standard 20ft container weighs about 4,914 lbs.
  • A standard 40ft container weighs around 8,159 lbs.
  • A standard 40ft High Cube container is approximately 8,747 lbs. These weights are important to consider for transportation and placement.

Absolutely! At Shipping Containers Depot, we offer containers that can be safely stacked up to eight levels high, even when they’re fully loaded. Just remember these key points for safe stacking:

  • Align the corner posts of each container.
  • Place smaller containers below larger ones.
  • Use twist locks to secure the stacked containers. It’s best to stack containers of the same size for added stability. If you’re new to this, we recommend consulting with a professional for safe stacking practices.

Yes, indeed! Our shipping containers are perfect for creating unique and sturdy homes. We offer 20ft and 40ft containers, providing 160 and 320 square feet of space, respectively. These containers can be transformed into cozy homes, offices, or even combined for larger living spaces. As alternative housing options gain popularity, our containers offer a creative solution for your living needs.

The capacity of cargo ships varies. Most ships can carry between 10,000 to 24,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The largest ships can hold up to 24,000 containers. This capacity reflects the growing demand for global shipping and the efficiency of sea transportation.

Our shipping containers are made from high-quality Corten steel. The manufacturing process includes:

  • Cutting and corrugating steel sheets for strength.
  • Welding panels and square tubing for reinforcement.
  • Treating wood floors for durability and insect protection.
  • Priming and painting for weather resistance.
  • Installing rubber seals for watertight doors. This meticulous process ensures our containers are robust and durable for transportation and storage.
  • A 20ft container offers about 140.3 sq ft of internal space and 159 sq ft externally.
  • A 40ft standard or high cube container provides around 304.6 sq ft internally and 320 sq ft externally.

A Cargo-Worthy container is one that’s not only wind and water-tight but also meets the standards for sea transportation (if it has a CSC certification). These containers might show signs of wear like rust or dents but are still suitable for shipping and storage. At Shipping Containers Depot, we offer quality WWT containers, ideal for various uses.

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