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 owned container.
First off, let's address what circumstances it would make sense to use a shipper owned container. The two most common are specialty destinations and loading time. In some locations there may also be fewer containers available, but that's not normally the case.
The reason to use a shipper owned container in a specialty area relates to the return time, rental rates, and the cost to get the container back to the agreed upon return location. If the container is going to a remote location to be unloaded, it must be returned to an agreed upon container depot or port and the shipper must pay the cost of returning it. On top of this, if unloading the container takes a longer amount of time there may be rental charges on top of the trucking. In the final cost analysis, it could save money to use a shipper owned container. There may also be a discount from the shipping line to use a S.O.C. If a container is supplied by the shipping line and the final destination is an area lacking in exports, the container may sit there for a while and accrue storage charges until it can be put back into use.
Loading time is the second variable. A "live load", when the container is taken to the loading site and the driver waits for it to be loaded, means that there will likely be two hours or less to load everything into the container. If coordinated properly, a SOC can be delivered weeks in advance and loaded at the leisure of those responsible for packing it.
If you've gotten this far and decided that a shipper owned container makes the most sense for your shipment, there are a couple of common snags that need to be addressed before things are set into motion.
Shipper owned containers can sometimes be bought directly from the shipping line or a container leasing company, and they can always be found listed for sale by the sellers on ContainerAuction.com. The new and used shipping containers listed are typically designed as "cargo worthy" or "wind and water tight". For shipping, the container will need to be cargo worthy or better, and this will need to be ensured before the container is purchased.
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