The process of buying a shipping container might seem simple at first. After all, they’re just big steel boxes, right? Well, yes and no. Due to the many ways that shipping containers are used, there might be more options than you think. Various loading styles exist for transporting goods of different shapes and sizes, while specialised and modified containers come in every type imaginable.
But of course, a good supplier will provide professional guidance and support while you make your decision. Whether you know exactly what you need, or would like some help exploring the different types of containers available, Shipping Containers Australia are always happy to be of assistance.
In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of container types for you to consider:
The different sizes of shipping containers
Because they often need to be stacked on top of each other, containers tend to come in a few standard sizes. This makes it easier to load them onto trucks, trains and ships. The most common sizes you’re likely to see in loading docks are 20ft and 40ft containers, but Shipping Containers Australia also stock 10ft options as well.
If you have average sized goods that need to be stored or transported, a general purpose 20 foot shipping container will usually suffice. Otherwise, all sizes are versatile when it comes to special uses and modification.
The range of standard shipping containers
Aside from the well known general purpose containers, there are a few other types of shipping container that fall within the ‘standard’ range. These can be useful when your cargo or project requires a different kind of loading style than the 270° swing doors of a general purpose container.
Side opening containers allow for a much broader access point, which can be a real time saver if you need regular access to anything loaded towards the rear of your container. Heavy items can be loaded into side openers with a forklift, but if you have especially tall or bulky cargo, you might prefer a high cube. These containers provide an extra foot in height, allowing for a surprising amount of added volume.
The types of specialised shipping containers
Specialised containers include refrigerated and insulated containers. For liquid or dry cargo that is temperature sensitive, like perishable foods or medication, choosing one of these options will ensure that your goods stay protected while in storage or transit.
Other types of specialised containers offer a removable roof or collapsible walls to make loading and unloading easier. Open topped containers remain water tight with a tarpaulin roof, which can be removed to load and unload via crane, while a flat rack container features four fully detachable walls for easy loading of just about anything.
The possibilities for shipping container modification
Outside of shipping and storage, shipping containers can be modified to suit all kinds of purposes. Some are designed specifically to serve a certain function, such as dangerous goods, training/simulation, and explosive magazine containers. These are constructed according to strict regulations, ensuring total compliance and workplace health and safety.
But reputable suppliers like Shipping Containers Australia can modify a container to include any specific requirements you could dream of. Not only do they have a wide range of pre-modified containers to help you save money, but there is also the option to design your own container from the ground up. From air conditioning, electrical systems and plumbing for worksite facilities, to paint jobs, shelving and service windows for business fronts, the possibilities are endless.
The opportunities to buy or hire, new or used
The pros and cons of buying used or new shipping containers will depend on your circumstances. If you have a clear vision in mind for your project, or workplace requirements that necessitate specific modifications, it might be a better idea to get a new one. But if you’d like to save on costs, a used container might do the trick. Either way, you never have to worry about quality when it comes to used containers, as Shipping Containers Australia do strict quality tests on all of their products.
Another opportunity to save money is by hiring. Whether it’s long term or short term, if you know your project is temporary, hiring can be very cost-effective and convenient. With average prices starting at just a few dollars a day, Shipping Containers Australia will organise delivery and removal as well.
How to choose the right shipping container for your needs
As shipping containers are quite a large investment, you should make sure to do your research on the different types of containers before making a commitment. But if you’re overwhelmed by all the options, Shipping Containers Australia can help.
This friendly team includes some of the top designers and engineers in the country, with A grade customer service guaranteed. As an Australian owned and operated company, you can count on local staff who know all about Australian business and container usage. For the best deals on high quality shipping containers, all you need to do is speak to Shipping Containers Australia about their new, used, customisable and pre-modified containers for sales and hire.
Providing a full range of shipping containers for sale to meet every customer’s needs, check out their competitively priced options online or call 1300 284 896 for more information.