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Corten (Cor-ten) Steel is used in the manufacturing of a shipping container. This type of steel is alloyed steel mixed with other types of metals that when exposed to water (or oxygen) it forms a layer of oxidization that prevents further corrosion. Unlike steel used previous to 1990. 14-gauge corrugated steel panels throughout the container.
Most used containers have a 1 1/8″ laminated marine grade plywood flooring with steel cross member bars running horizontally underneath. There are also 4 corner posts keep the container off of the ground to allow air underneath the container.
Yes, the most common are:
● Dry Storage – A freight container, totally enclosed and weatherproof, with a rigid roof, rigid side walls, and floor, having at least one of its end walls equipped with doors and intended to be suitable for the transport of cargo. This is by far the most common type of container.
● Open Top – Top of container can be completely removed so that materials of any height can be shipped easily.
● Open Side – Doors that can change into completely open sides providing a wider entry for loading of materials.
● Double Door – Double doors on both ends of the container, making a wider room for loading and unloading of materials
● Flat Rack – Collapsible or fixed side s, used for extremely heavy loads such as boats, vehicles, machinery or industrial equipment.
● Platform – Platform containers are without sides, ends and roof. They are used for odd-sized cargo which does not fit on or in any other type of container.
● Refrigerated – Temperature regulated used for shipment of perishable substances.
● Tank – A tank container or tanktainer is an intermodal container for the transport of liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo.
● Tunnel – Container or Tunnel Tainer or Tunneltainer- is also a double door container. When doors are open at each end, you have a tunnel.
● Length – 20 – 40 – 45 – 53 ft.
● Height – 8 ft. 6-inch-high (standard) or 9 ft. 6- inch (high cube)
● Width – all shipping containers are 8 ft.
20 ft. standard weigh approx. 5,000 lbs.
40 ft. standard weigh approx. 8,000 lbs.
40 ft. high cube weigh approx. 8,500 lbs.
45 ft. high cube weight approx. 10,000 lbs.
Yes, all containers have a container number. 4 letters and 7 numbers.
This is a container that has been used once for the shipment of goods from the location where the container was manufactured, to the location where the container is available for sale. It is also referred to as a New Build container.
New containers are commonly known as One-Way, One Trip or New Build container and have had a one way loaded move from the manufacturer overseas to North America.
Used containers have been used moving cargo overseas for an average of 10-20 years and still some maintain an international grading of cargo worthy.
A Standard container is 8′ 6″ high
A High Cube container is 9′ 6″ high
Not all used containers are equal. Used containers will have various degrees of exterior rust, dings, dents & maybe patches. Container Sales Group has storage containers that are water/wind tight, structurally sound & cargo worthy. The exterior of our containers may have some rust, dings, dents & maybe patches but nothing significant that affects the structural aspect of the container.
Used containers are graded by the container industry as:
● Cargo Worthy – for OCEAN EXPORT
● Water/wind tight & structurally sound – for STORAGE
● AS IS – DISCOUNTED, DAMAGED CONTAINERS (may have low to high damage such as holes and/or damaged floors)
Any other grading system is subjective by the owner of the container and is not recognized by the container industry
Cargo Worthy – A certified container that meets 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
Water/ Wind Tight & Structurally Sound – Water/Wind Tight means containers are dry inside. Structurally sound represents the containers have structural integrity that meet the manufacturer requirements and are able to carry same weight as it was built to carry. (Container Sales Group has storage containers that are water/wind tight, structurally sound & cargo worthy).
New/One-Way containers – A new container that has had a one way loaded move to the United States from the factory in China.
Look for the CSC (Container Safety Convention) plate, usually mounted on the left-hand door of the shipping container, which will tell you the manufactured date.
Please view the container specifications page.
The possibilities are endless:
● Agricultural – farming equipment, machinery, and supplies
● Construction – equipment, supplies, machinery, temporary office space
● Education – athletic equipment, documents, and records
● Financial – documents and records
● Government – disaster relief, temporary shelters, security offices, military supplies
● Medical – equipment and supplies
● Residential – household goods, tools, supplies, furnishings, non-perishable items
● Retail – seasonal inventory
Also, building of homes, garages, restaurants, commercial business, swimming pools, etc.
New containers are painted many different colors (usually one solid color) when manufactured. Depending on what we have at the time of your inquiry, we are happy to provide you with a container to meet your color requirements. Used containers are not sold by color or manufacturer. We are essentially getting the next container off the stack at the storage facility that meets the criteria you requested.
Because of insurance liability restrictions it is not possible to walk around the depot facility location. Containers are stacked 5 & 6 high therefore, we cannot obtain photos or guarantee a specific unit. The depot facilities are storing empty shipping containers for shipping lines and intermodal equipment providers. When we place an order for our customers, they get the next container off the stack that meets their criteria.
All container doors are inspected at the depot facility. The doors should create a tight seal. Keep in mind that used shipping containers have been in service between 10 – 20 years, as such, the hinges and handles may need some grease or lubricant to get them moving freely. If the container is placed on uneven ground this may cause the frame to twist & make the doors hard to open & close.
Container doors are designed so you can use your own padlock or master lock from any hardware store. One of the most popular ways to make your container secure is using a high security lockbox. This is a steel shroud that is fitted onto the cargo doors to help protect padlock/ master lock. It is positioned onto the steel lug that not only acts as a deterrent to criminals but is also cut resistant, pick resistant and tamper proof.
We suggest Sherwin Williams – DTM Acrylic Enamel.
Try using a multi purchase tape (Nashua) and then spray with Flex Steel Spray.
An ISO container is a standardized reusable steel box used for the safe, efficient and secure storage. It also makes it easy to move materials and products within a global containerized intermodal freight transport system.
Yes, containers must meet cargo worthy criteria before it can be loaded. You may either buy a new container for shipping or a used container. A container for overseas shipping, needs to have a CSC Verification Plate. CSC Verification can be described as a shipping container passport. All CSC plates have an expiration date. It is a small metal plate fixed to the doors of the container to confirm to shipping lines that the container is structurally sound and safe to ship cargo by vessel around the world. The plate is fitted to either a new or used (just because a container is CSC verified it does not mean that it will be a brand new, aesthetically pleasing container).
We only sell the cargo worthy shipping container for ocean export. You need to contact an International Freight Forwarder to handle all the steamship line paperwork and transportation.
If you are using the cargo worthy shipping container for ocean export, you may want to pay to have the container certified with a written survey certificate.
We sell to business, individuals, corporations and even the military.
The depot facility locations are storing empty shipping containers for shipping lines and intermodal equipment providers. The shipping companies keep reserves (inventory) so they will be immediately available for export shipments and are not for sale.
ISBU is from the name Inter-modal Steel Building Unit. Since 2006 the shipping containers have become very popular and trendy for use as home, storage, prefab and business construction purposes.
Many people think the Shipping Container was invented in China — not true. The first shipping container was invented and patented in 1956 by an American named Malcolm Mc Lean. Mc Lean was not an ocean shipper, but was a trucker and by 1956 he owned the largest trucking fleet in the South and the fifth largest trucking company in all the United States. He saved his money and bought his first truck in 1934. During those years all cargo was loaded and unloaded in odd sized wooden crates. The process was very slow and certainly not standardized.
After observing this slow and inefficient process for 20 years, he finally decided to step back and develop some standardized way of loading cargo from trucks to ships and warehouses.
Malcolm then purchased Pan Atlantic Tanker Company, which owned a bunch of fairly rusted tankers. He re-named the new shipping company Sea-Land Shipping. With this shipping company he could finally experiment with better ways to load and un-load trucks and ships. After many experiments, his final design is what we know now as the Shipping Container… super strong, uniform design, theft resistant, stackable, easy to load, unload, truck, rail, ship, and certainly store.
Matson, on the West coast of the US also attempted the container concept but failed sorely. The final boost to standardize Mc Lean’s concept was the US Navy and by the early 70’s were globally accepted. So, in fact, although Mc Lean had the first concept and working system in 1956, it was the US military who finally did what was necessary to make the ISO shipping container accepted by every shipping line and every country of the world.
Because it was so much faster and organized to load-unload, the cost of loading freight was reduced by more than 90%. Thus, the cost of products you sell or buy were reduced greatly because of the invention and standardization of the ISO shipping container.