The issue of how to grade shipping containers is always a subject of debate, and many companies have their own internal system of grading containers. When buying a container online, it's advised to ask the seller any questions prior to making a bid or purchasing. It's important to note that some containers, such as tank containers, carry other more specific guidelines for grading related to chemicals and food hygiene.
While the grading of individual containers is left to the seller to decide, the grading scale on ContainerAuction.com was drafted after consulting with several industry experts.
New: Brand new and never used, direct from the manufacturer.
One Trip: One trip containers are manufactured overseas; mainly in Asia and are shipped with a single container cargo load. Once the container reaches its destination they are often available for sale. These containers are an excellent choice because they have not spent time deteriorating on the ocean or in a container depot / terminals. One trip containers have not been handled as many time so they do not have dents, dings and surface rust like used "AS IS" containers. Most consider these containers and often refer to them as “new” or in “like new” condition. Keep in mind that these containers have made one trip across the ocean and have been handled by container lifts and trucks so they often have a few scratches and a possible dent or two. One trip containers are available worldwide in most port locations.
Cargo Worthy: Very good condition. Absolutely wind and watertight. All holes (if there have been any) have been properly and fully repaired. No dents over 50mm deep. Good floor with no breakages. Doors easily open to the full 270 degrees and all locking bars, cams, saddles, retainers, handles and seals are in good condition. These containers are suitable for export or food transport.
Wind/Water Tight: This is a common standard used by container traders to classify containers that do not have a valid CSC Plate for shipping. Although watertight, these containers are not suitable for shipping for any number of inspection criteria.
As is, where is: This grade classifies containers that have no guarantee that they are, or will remain, watertight or cargo worthy for any extended period of time. Often they have sustained damage that is not easily repaired such as large dents, holes or extensive, deep-seated corrosion.
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