How to choose a cargo container for sale

When you’re looking to buy a cargo container, it can be hard to decide which one is right for your needs. There are many different sizes and types of containers available for sale on the market today. This blog post will help guide you through the process of choosing the perfect cargo container so that you can get started with your shipping business as soon as possible!

What are some things I need to consider? What are some things I need to know before buying my first shipment container? It’s important not only to find out how much space you’ll need but also what type of storage would work best for what you plan on storing in it. You want something durable enough that meets your needs without being overly expensive or impractical-

1. What features should you look for in a cargo container

While picking a compartment, you can utilize the photographs gives to rapidly and effectively survey the measurements and conditions. By and large, the photographs gave are a reasonable portrayal of the normal condition and elements of the holder you need. Assuming you choose to purchase a similar sort of compartment, you should demand photographs of the specific holder that you plan to purchase. In case you can visit the site for an individual actual review.

While investigating the outside, stroll around it to evaluate its general condition, including the paint, corner projecting and seals around the edges. Gouges are normally not a difficult issue except if there are recognizable areas of rust and erosion that could suggest that the containers have been ineffectively dealt with. Check for any stylish or underlying imperfections that could cause an issue.

Subsequent to investigating the outside, you should really take a look at the entryways for any indications of genuine harm, for a legitimate lock and seal, and great state of the entryway fittings, seals, gaskets, and locking systems. Open the entryway and smell inside for any sign of rust or form, as this could be an indication of spilling. Guarantee that the unit is watertight by shutting the entryway during sunshine while still inside to check for any light infiltration. Evaluate the floors for indications of cargo spills or openings.

In case you couldn’t actually inspect the holder prior to making your buy, check the outside and inside to guarantee that it coordinates with the depiction accommodated the compartment you paid for. In a perfect world, each buy should accompany a ‘confirmed condition ensure’ for your genuine feelings of serenity.

2. How to inspect a cargo container before buying it

The cost of a holder relies upon various elements, including its condition, volume, and scope of conditions in your space, as the cost fluctuates starting with one nearby market then onto the next. A portion of the containers available include:

‘One-trip’ containers, which have made just one outing across the sea conveying cargo

‘Cargo commendable containers’, which fulfill the worldwide standard set by the transportation business, to be confirmed for transport by rail or street

‘Cargo Worthy’ or ‘A-grade’ containers are more seasoned, however they actually keep up with their underlying uprightness, are wind and water tight, have completely useful entryways, and don’t have any openings

‘With no guarantees’ or ‘B-grade’ containers have no assurance on their condition, stylish, or primary usefulness and rust condition might fluctuate from light to weighty

IICL-4 or ‘Premium’ containers are held to a better quality than Cargo Worthy, As is, and Cargo Worthy units and are ideal where feel is an essential concern

‘Reconditioned’ alludes to any pre-owned holder that has been examined, fixed to Cargo Worthy norm, and newly painted

3. Types of containers and the benefits of each, including dry freight, wet freight, and insulated containers

 Most Common Container Types

General Purpose Containers. A general-purpose container is also known as a “dry container”. …
Flat Rack Containers. …
Open Top Containers. …
Double Door Containers. …
High Cube Containers. …
Open Side Containers. …
ISO Reefer Containers. …
Insulated Containers

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The main advantages of containerization are:
Standardization. The container is a standard transport product that can be handled anywhere in the world (ISO standard) through specialized modes (ships, trucks, barges, and wagons), equipment, and terminals. …
Flexibility. …
Costs. …
Velocity. …
Warehousing. …
Security and safety.

4. The pros and cons of purchasing new vs used containers


No Cross Contamination Risk – A brand new shipping container has never been used. Nothing has been stored in it or transported in it, so no matter what you plan to use it for you can be assured there’ll be no cross-contamination issues or the fear of wondering if anything toxic has been inside the container.
Pristine Condition – Nothing beats brand new, and a new container will be sparkling both outside and inside. The paintwork will be pristine, with no marks, dents or scratches. It also won’t have any branding from a previous owner either.
Sea Worthiness – In order for containers to be transported across the ocean on a container ship, they need to meet certain quality “seaworthiness” standards. With a brand new container, you can be assured it’ll pass these requirements.
Air Tight – With brand new seals, you can be certain a new container will be airtight and watertight, keeping dust, debris, moisture and vermin out and ensuring the contents are protected.
Forklift Pockets – New containers will almost always be fitted with forklift pockets for easy transportation. Many of the older style containers lacked these pockets, making them much harder to manoeuvre around a yard.
Safer To Modify – Although used containers can be used for modifications for some purposes, new containers are perfect for creating pop up shops, roadside restaurants and for building homes and extensions. The reason being is that new containers are free of any contamination.
Longer Warranty – A new container will come with a longer manufacturer’s warranty than what you’ll get on a used container, giving you peace of mind that your new investment is covered.
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The Cost – Obviously a brand new shipping container is going to be more expensive to buy than a used container, so you’ll need to decide whether it’s really worth the extra expense, or will a good quality used cargo container do?
Too Good for Storage – Unless you’re storing sensitive goods, there’s really no need to go to the extra expense of buying a brand new shipping container if all you’re going to store is old machinery, documents, or anything that could be stored in a decent used cargo container.


Great for On-Site Offices – One of the most common uses for a shipping container is to serve as a mobile on-site office on construction sites. There’s really no need to incur the extra cost of buying a shiny new container for this purpose. A used container in pretty good shape will be perfect, as aesthetics are not important.
Used Containers Are Cheaper – This is one of the biggest selling points for getting a second-hand shipping container. Used containers come in different quality grades, so the price will vary depending on the condition, but you’ll definitely save some bucks buying a used container as compared to a brand new one.
Quality Grades for All Requirements – There are many things a used shipping container can be used for, and with the condition of the containers graded according to their quality, you can pick up old containers at bargain prices if some dents and rust are not a problem. As an example, if you want to build a secure garden shed or backyard workshop out of a used shipping container, then realistically a B or C Grade container will likely be good enough.
Perfect for Ablution Units – Portable toilet facilities are very handy for sporting events, concerts, exhibitions and more. There’s no real need to purchase brand new shipping containers only to transform them into mobile ablution units. Decent quality second-hand containers will be perfectly fine for the task.
Great for Hiring Out – Although a new container would be perfect for hiring out to others, a new container will also quickly lose value once it’s been used a few times. It makes more sense to purchase A Grade used shipping containers if you plan to hire them out for transport or storage. They won’t cost as much to buy, won’t lose value anywhere near as fast as a new container, therefore giving you a higher profit margin.
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Cross Contamination Is a Risk – Whether it’s a refrigerated container or not, if you’re planning on transporting or storing perishable or sensitive items in your container, you have no idea what’s previously been inside a used one. That can be a real concern in this case, and therefore it might be a safer choice to buy a new container.
Might Not Be Air Tight – An A-Grade used shipping container should still have airtight and watertight seals, but many other used containers will no longer be airtight. This will allow dirt, moisture and pests access to the contents within the container and possibly cause damage to transported or stored goods. Containers of this quality will not be considered seaworthy for transporting on container ships either.
Limited Lifespan – The general life expectancy of a shipping container that is put to regular use is approximately 12 years. If you buy an old container, that’s around 8 or 9 years old, and you plan to use it for transporting cargo, you may not get much use out of it before it ends up in the recycling yard as scrap metal.

The right type of container can make all the difference in your business. At Container Solutions, we want to help you find a cargo or storage solution that meets your needs and is ready for the next step in its journey with you. Our goal is to provide our customers with high-quality containers at an affordable price so they can focus on what matters most—running their company while knowing that Cargo Containers are taken care of too. If you have any questions about which type of container might be best for your situation, please contact us today! We’re available 24 hours a day by phone, chat, email or social media message–whatever works best for you!

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