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Hi, I'm Michael Ford, owner and creator of this site, Shipping Containers For Sale. I've had over 20 years in the business of international shipping, mostly regarding large container ships. And now my specialty is selling shipping containers themselves. I wanted to create a site that would educate and provide you with the kind of direct and specific information you cannot get anywhere else. I'll post articles and provide images that will help you chart a course through the murky waters of shipping containers and come to port safe and happy. Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment. I'm happy you stopped by.

Tips on How to Buy Shipping Container

Shipping containers are essential for businesses that engage in the manufacturing and shipping of goods, this includes international trade.

Here are 5 tips that will help you find the containers you are looking for.

Tip Number 1:
Make sure that you know the needs of your business and how many containers you will require, you must also consider whether they are for storage or transportation use.

Tip Number 2:
You must consider whether you are going to buy the containers for more long term use or if you are equally happy to use a rental service. If you have a continuous business related to shipping and transport of products especially in international trade, then you should consider using shipping containers.

Tip Number 3:
Are you going to buy newly made shipping containers or are you happy to use re-used ones? This of course will be dependent on your budget. It is also important to note that the lifespan of a re-used container will be considerably shorter than a newly made one.

Tip Number 4:
Ensure that you buy your container from a reputable shipping manufacturer or supplier. Buying from these companies will assure you that you can have the best quality at the right prices. Be cautious that there are manufacturers online who compromise quality just to sell shipping containers.

Tip Number 5:
Take note that you will need a large space to store your containers particularly if they are the larger shipping containers. For example if you buy a 20 ft shipping container, your storage space should be at least double the size of your container to ensure easy transportation.

With these 5 simple tips you can ensure that you buy a high quality container at a reasonable price that is tailored to your businesses needs.

2 Responses to “Tips on How to Buy Shipping Container”

  • Angelica:

    I agree with your tips except for #2. I have bought a used and a new one and the used container remains durable even after five years. The new carrier was not that durable and I am very disappointed with it. I have found that the life of the containers depend on the frequency of usage. Since I figured it was an old one, I decided to only utilize the carrier every once in a while. On the other hand, I used the newly built shipping container almost every week. It turned out it was not that strong as I hoped it would be. So better be careful with the company or the manufacturer that you are dealing with as mentioned in tip #4 of this post.

  • Edwin Estioko:

    These are very helpful tips, thanks. I plan to go international soon and so I guess investing on quality shipping cargo is a must. However, I need a guarantee or a fail-safe plan, and so I want to know whether it is easy to sell used shipping containers just in case I don’t have use for them anymore.

    I also read somewhere in your helpful site that architects are now seriously building homes that are made largely from old shipping containers. So how do you sell shipping containers? How do you ship shipping containers to buyers?

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