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Marine containers

Shipping containers are stackable metal made of steel available in 20’ foot and 40’ foot long able to withstand weight, salt and moisture. They are the industry standard for commercial shipping usually transporting goods overseas. Most recently they have become popular for a variety of uses including secure storage and reapplication as functional buildings.

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"Dry" containers 20' and 40' are manufactured for general purpose. They are suitable for most types of cargo designed to withstand the rigors of transoceanic passage on the decks of ships.

Open top containers enables over-sized cargo they have an open top covered by a tarpaulin instead of a solid roof that allows cargo such as timber and scrap metal to be loaded from the top.


Reefers containers are equipped with an electrical appliance for the purposes of cooling the air within the container for the transport of perishable goods in a controlled temperature that can be maintained between -29C e +29C.


Tank containers have two elements the tank and the framework. This type of container is used to carry hazardous or non- hazardous liquids, they are equipped with accessories to facilitate filling and emptying.

Relevant tips about used shipping containers

How to buy a shipping container

  1. Measure space you have set aside for its use  before decide between 40 foot (12.2 m) or a 20 foot (6.1 m) the size of the container will depend on that.

  2. Look for "one-trip" containers if you are looking for better condition these containers were used once for cargo shipping before being sold.

  3. Refurbished containers can have problems with paint peeling from rust, look for a "factory paint" label it implies that it has only been painted once.

  4. A "cargo worthy = CW" container It has been deemed worthy of ocean cargo transportation that indicates the unit has been inspected by a cargo surveyor.

  5. Containers categorized as "as-is = AI" are the most economical option. Most likely they have been retired by shipping companies, they might have some damage, and they are partially rusted.

Tips and tricks on packing pallets for shipping container

The most popular way to load a shipping container are packing pallets that fits inside the container. Therefore your pallets should ideally pack tightly into your shipping container.

  1. The pallet arrangement should maximize the use of space in three dimensions. It should be considered the heavy pallets because their weight can decrease the maximum number of pallets per container.

  2. Container loading should try to minimize the waste of floor space reducing the amount of air being shipped, a shipment of light goods could possibly be arranged in two tiers within the container.

  3. International container shipments focus on the use of two pallet types, the EU pallet and the EUR2 pallet, also called Standard pallet.

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