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  • 10' shipping containers, or "duo-cons" as they're typically called, make popular storage units for commercial and residential sites that have limited space, but need secure storage. However, unless you're purchasing from a retail location they're normally sold in pairs, and the buyer needs to separate them with a grinder or cutting torch. Why are duo-cons sold in pairs? Shipping lines and port ...
  • Open top shipping containers are similar to standard containers, with the exception that that are topless, sort of. In normal uses, open tops come with hard or soft tops, and are used to transport large or heavy things. Rather than go into the dimensions and conventional uses (you can read about those in the article "Open Top Containers: Design and Use"), let’s think about s ...
  • If you're looking to maximize the storage area you can get relative to cost, and space isn't an issue, than a 45' shipping container is the ideal way to go. 45' shipping containers are both longer and taller than standard containers; and while they tend to be more cost effective in terms or price/size ratio, they are typically they're only available in certain markets. To start, a 45' shipping con ...
  • Shipping containers come in different sizes and types, and each has uniquely different applications. For the regular residential customer a standard dry container will fulfill most, if not all, of your storage needs. However, occasionally there may come a need for something a little more unique. Excluding special types of containers such as DNV containers, there are six main types of shipping co ...
  • Shipping containers can be damaged in any number of ways. Damage most likely happens during transit on a vessel, or handling at the port or depot. If you're buying a new shipping container it's not likely to be damaged, and it will be easier to spot if it is. However, if you're buying a used container the damage may be concealed due to faded paint or natural wear and tear that's occurred over the ...
  • 20' shipping containers make great storage units for commercial and residential applications, so it only makes sense that 20' high cubes are even a little better for storage units, so why aren't they more popular? With secondary market users, like storage companies and residential users, they are frequently requested; however with shipping lines they are less popular, but why? 20' Standard Shippin ...
  • Shipping a full container load of goods, or FCL, typically requires renting a shipping container the shipping line, or in some cases it makes more financial sense to purchase a shipping container directly from a container lessor or trading company, in the latter the common term is "shipper owned container", or S.O.C. However, there are a few additional components involved when using a shipper owne ...
  • A refrigerated shipping container is a great solution for any of your cold storage needs; and they’re used a lot more frequently, and more readily available than you might think. Refrigerated shipping containers are deployed behind the scenes at all types of events and establishments. Refrigerated shipping containers come in 20’, 40’, and 40’ high cube sizes. They can be ke ...
  • Grading a shipping container can be subjective to the person who is inspecting it, and what they intend to use it for. While most companies and shipping lines grade containers slightly differently, the most commonly used terms are, in improving order, "as is, where is" (ASIS), wind and water tight (WWT), cargo worthy (CW), and one trip or new. As is and one trip containers are fairly si ...
  • Sometimes, a standard refrigerated container just doesn't cut it. Frozen foods, like tuna and shrimp, or pharmaceuticals are much more tolerant than fresh fruits and vegetables; and the timing of the logistics greatly impacts the shelf life, so by creating a better shipping environment the life of the product extends. If you live in a major city and enjoy fresh foods you may have never thought of ...
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