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News and Tips to buy shipping containers

Relevant tips when you buy used shipping containers

  • Measure space you have set aside for its use  before decide between 40 feet (12m) or a 20 feet (6m) the size of the container will depend on that.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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