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  • Sometimes' the factory equipped security features on a used shipping container just don't measure up for residential or commercial uses and you need to beef things up a little to make sure all of the things stored inside' remain inside the unit  until you're ready to use them. There are two directions you can take to solve this problem: specialized locks' or a lock box. Both have pros and co ...
  • 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 ...
  • Intermodal shipping containers are constructed in a few set sizes, and the prices can vary based on condition, size, and location. To start, shipping containers are produced in standard sizes based on 20' increments; and in the shipping industry this is referred to as a TEU, or twenty foot equivalent unit. These sizes were set as the standard years ago and today all vessels, port handling equi ...
  • ContainerAuction.com is booked in to attend the Intermodal Europe Expo 2015. The expo this year is taking place on November 17th to the 19th at Hamburg's Messe Hall, and with the coming changes to the industry and market conditions it's sure to be an interesting and entertaining event. The Intermodal Europe Expo is an annual event that covers all aspects of the intermodal industry supply ch ...
  • 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 ...
  • Many people see shipping containers every day, however not as many people purchase them to use as storage units, modular building units, or whatever creative idea they come up with (although all ideas are growing in popularity). We take a lot of questions about what to look for when purchasing a used container, and the advice we normally provide is the same: Make sure the container is square, has ...
  • You asked for it, and we delivered. Since ContainerAuction.com was launched mobile and cellular devices have come a long way in a very fast (nearly) five years. Our shipping container trading platform has undergone a few large changes, and countless small updates to make the site more functional for both buyers and sellers. The latest update was launched last week and greatly increases the fu ...
  • Preppers, just like everyone else, need a break some time; and taking a page from any prepper handbook it's best to plan ahead and make sure you're covered should things completely fall apart. The relative question that we received last week was, "can you build a secure wine cellar from a shipping container?" The simple answer is, "Yes"; and there is a "but...". Read ...
  • Most people see them every day, sitting in storage terminals next to the highway or on the backs of trucks or trains barreling along their way; but most people don’t realize how much shipping containers have really changed the world that we live in, and how quickly it’s happened. Just a few years ago, in 1956 to be exact, Malcom McLean bought two WW2 T2 Tankers and converted them to ca ...
  • Shipping being used for long term, single location residential or commercial storage containers can gain a few extra years of life if they’re put on some type of foundation. A foundation will keep the container off the damp ground and typically allow for some airflow or dead air space to expedite the drying process. In the past we discussed concrete footing foundations, and simple railroad ...
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