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  • Having a shipping container delivered to a residential address can be substantially different than having one delivered to a commercial location, primarily due to the fact that most commercial locations will have a forklift or crane on site while residential locations typically do not. With this in mind, some extra tasks may be required when preparing a residential location for a shipping containe ...
  • Intermodal Europe is taking place in Amsterdam this year on November 28th, 29th, and 30th, and ContainerAuction.com will be in attendance all three days and available for meetings and presentations. Intermodal Europe is the industry’s leading annual conference and seminar, as well as corporate and social networking events; and is attended by a wide range of people and companies ranging from ...
  • If you're in central Florida and looking for a shipping container home for sale, a friend of ours has a great turn-key option for you. This container home started with a 45' high cube container and has virtually everything that you'd need for either a permanent residence or a week end get away place. Let's start off with the construction process, which was very well documented. They star ...
  • Winter storage for everything and anything can be an issue, and it’s normally not considered until there isn’t enough time to build a shed our other type of outbuilding, or if there is time the costs involved with it aren’t feasible. These two reasons alone are why shipping containers can make great storage units for the winter, and even the summer times. The question that has ye ...
  • Shipping container condition is important to companies or individuals that need a sea bound, cargo worthy shipping container to move goods, and for those looking to use a shipping container for storage that require the unit to be wind and water tight. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a shipping lines definition of cargo worthy may not be in line with the aesthetic expectations of ...
  • Shipping container inventory has dropped off, while prices has increased in the past few months due to a slowdown of production in China due to the new paint regulations, and shipping lines picking up a lot of the available used container inventory in the United States and other parts of the world. This hic-up in the supply chain has caused an overall price increase in both new and used shipping c ...
  • Shipping container rental businesses are growing in popularity for many reasons, and as the need for extra storage grows more people and businesses will be looking for a scalable, cost effective method to supply the need of the end consumer. No matter if it's a delivery business where the container sits on the users site (on-site storage), or if it's a business model that keeps all of the containe ...
  • Many people who buy shipping containers don't realize that they are required to neutralize shipping containers when purchasing them, for both legal and marketing purposes (or in this case "un-marketing" purposes. Legal purposes are there to cover the shipping line or leasing company in the event that the container is in an accident while in transit or on site. The original owner no longer has resp ...
  • Shipping containers are regularly used as storage units, and in many cases they are purchased or rented to be used as mobile, or portable, storage units. If you plan on buying a shipping container and moving it from site to site at a later date there are a few things to keep in mind prior to doing so. The simplest way to move the container, the size of the container that’s going to be moved, ...
  • Everywhere you go, everyone is looking for more storage space. People seem to be buying more, throwing away less, and all of this stuff has be stored somewhere. Depending on your needs, and the time span long or short term that you need the storage space, shipping containers make excellent storage solutions for whatever your needs may be. Long Term and Short Term Storage Let's be honest, if you mo ...
  • Shipping containers are regularly converted and recycled, or upcycled, into projects in the secondary market. The speed and cost effective ways they can be deployed and put on site, the eco-friendly nature of the project, and the creative applications that can be constructed are limitless and can draw lots of attention and publicity. The obvious uses are commercial and residential storage units, a ...
  • Refrigerated shipping containers, or “reefers”, are used regularly for transporting all types of food from seafood to fruits and vegetables. The climate controlled environment keeps the food frozen, or in the case of fruits and vegetables can “put it to sleep” so it ripens more slowly in transit. In the secondary market reefer containers can be put to use for many other use ...
  • A current shipping container trend that's been noticed around the United States is converting new containers in public restrooms for parks, concert venues, seasonal festivals, and many other similar locations. Shipping container restrooms install quickly, are highly customizable, and provide a low maintenance facility. Quick Installation All of the construction and assembly takes place off site, s ...
  • Due to their popularity in the freight industry, shipping containers are inexpensive and convenient. However, their uses aren't limited to shipping and transportation. After making a few minor adjustments you can repurpose a cargo container for use as a temporary office, a mobile storage unit, or even an environmentally friendly house. When considering a container for your next building projec ...
  • There's been a lot of talk in the news about wars and possible attacks on US soil, and while we've covered building shipping container shelters in the past, one thing that we've never covered in any great detail is using a shipping container as a Faraday Cage to survive an EMP blast. What is an Electromagnetic Pulse? First off, an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, blast, is a blast, or short pulse, o ...
  • Getting a loan for a single container, or a fleet of containers, can be a challenging task and unless you're familiar with containers and the types of loans many people don't know where to start. If you're a company with an established relationship with a bank it can be a little easier, however if you're a private individual buying a single container for storage you may need to be a little more cr ...
  • Standard overseas shipping containers come in 20' and 40' lengths, however sometimes projects may call for a larger unit. There are overseas shipping containers that are 45' in length, and 9'6" tall (high cubes) and domestic shipping containers that are 53' long and also 9'6" tall, but they are more difficult to find due to not being as heavily used. 45' Shipping Containers 45' shipping containers ...
  • Shipping containers, new or used, make excellent storage units. Containers are originally designed to provide a secure structure for transporting goods around the world, in all types of weather and conditions. When compared with other storage options, such as a garage, shed, or a heavy duty plastic container; a shipping container's steel structure is designed to withstand even the most intense abu ...
  • The price of new and used shipping typically fluctuates with the market. Pricing can be impacted by several different factors, and the heaviest factors for used shipping container pricing are condition, location, and container size. Shipping Container Condition While most shipping containers sold out of the fleets of steam ship lines and leasing companies are cargo worthy, many companies classify ...
  • If you're building something out of shipping containers, occasionally an engineer or area planning commission will require a spec sheet (short for specifications). The question comes back to the staff at ContainerAuction.com a couple of times a week wanting to know what exactly they want, and where can a spec sheet be found. What is a Shipping Container Spec Sheet? A spec sheet is a set of doc ...
  • With all the shipping containers zipping around the world, it's an obvious question to wonder where they are all stored when not in use, and the answer is shipping container depots, or often called container yards. Most people don't know what a yard does, or how they operate, so here's a quick summary. What is a Container Yard? Essentially, a container yard is a giant parking lot for shipping cont ...
  • Lots of people use shipping containers for storage, but there are some clever people getting very creative and maximizing every square foot available in, and around, their storage containers – and they're using simple steel or wooden trusses to do it. The first question to address is why would you want to put a trussed roof span on two shipping containers? The quick and simple answer is to c ...
  • Go down the highway outside of nearly any major city and chances are you see stacks and stacks of shipping containers. Many people drive by them every day and never notice them, but once you do they're likely to spark a little bit of curiosity – where have they been? What was carried in them? Who owns them? Does the owner even know where they are? Surplus Shipping Containers Technically, som ...
  • It's getting very common for companies and people to buy a shipping container and convert it into a storage unit, but what is required to convert a container into a good storage unit? Well, that’s a pretty broad question to answer and it really depends on the specific storage needs of the person or company that’s using it. Residential Storage Container People store just about everythin ...
  • Storage rental is a booming industry, and if you have the space and capital investment it's not hard to step into the business by using shipping containers for storage units. There are two general types of storage business models that can be started, or if you can find one for sale you can hit the ground running. What You Need to Start Before you can get into any business, you need to have a good. ...
  • The price of new and used shipping containers has been fluctuating a lot recently, on the surface it may seem arbitrary, but in reality the price changes have been anything but that. The global supply of shipping containers has decreased over the past few months, and many shipping lines and leasing companies have slowed down sales in an effort to retain their own "bookable" containers and use them ...
  • Shipping containers and shipping containers being used for storage can last a long time, and an even longer time if they're given a little annual maintenance and cleaning. We usually recommend the spring time for this, because over the winter snow, freezing temperatures and rain can work its way into unseen cracks and crevices and possibly expedite rust and corrosion if left unchecked. We've touch ...
  • Buying a used shipping container is a lot like buying a used car. There are a lot of great ones out there, but there are also some lemons that can make their way into the depots. There are a few things to watch out for, or specific questions to ask, when you get started in the process: Age, condition, location, and prefix code are the factors that will tell you a lot about the container. Age of th ...
  • Shipping containers come in a few different standard sizes, and many different colors; and which color the shipping container is can tell you a lot about the life that it's had, how old it is, and who owned it. Furthermore, when you're buying a shipping container it can also impact the price of the unit. Tan (Almond) or White (Ivory) Shipping Containers Tan and white shipping containers are typ ...
  • If you're involved with shipping containers, either as a regular buyer or have been thinking about purchasing one, you may have noticed a quick rise in pricing and demand for 20' containers in most locations throughout North America. Many people are asking what's caused this bump and how long will it last? What's caused the Rise in Shipping Container Prices? As previously noted, shipping conta ...
  • What's in a name? Conex box, sea can, cargo container, shipping container; no matter what you call it, Containerauction.com can provide one (or several) for you. No matter if you need a conex box that's 20', 40', or a 40' high cube one of the sellers on the shipping container trading platform will be able to assist you. What to Look for When Buying a Conex When you buy a conex box it should be ...
  • Two weeks ago, the largest container ship in the world was launched, the MOL Triumph could carry an impressive 20,150 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit). It’s 400 meters in length, and 58.8 meters at the beam. However, it’s record holding life was short lived. Last week Maersk took delivery of the Madrid. The first of eleven Triple E series, officially known as EEE Mark 2. According to ...
  • As we’ve mentioned in recent posts, new shipping container pricing is set to take an increase in the next couple of weeks. Along with this, we’ve seen used shipping containers take a bump in prices in the recent weeks also. Overall, the industry is not sure how long the pricing changes will stick, but it looks like they’re here for the next couple of months at the very least. Why ...
  • Tiny homes and shipping container homes can be very competitive in terms of pricing and size, and a lot of people email us questioning the size and cost difference between the two types of homes, and if one is preferred over the other. While many of the answers are all fairly vague in the early stages of planning, we can help form the discussion and open up with some ideas. Cost Comparison This is ...
  • At Intermodal Asia 2017 we didn’t watch paint dry, but we did have extensive discussions about watching paint dry. One of the biggest panel discussions was that of the pending changes to the paint used in and on shipping containers. Regulations have changed in China, and the traditional solvent based paints used on shipping containers is being replaced by a water borne paint. Historically, t ...
  • Grading the condition of a shipping container may seem like a fairly simple, uniform task, it's not nearly as simple and uniform as it appears on the surface (no pun intended). The reasons for this are fairly simple, and the next few paragraphs will walk through why there is some confusion in grading and what the more general terms and ideas in container grading are. Why Container Grading isn ...
  • March 21-13, 2017 is the annual Intermodal Asia event that takes places in Shanghai, China. This even is one of the largest intermodal conferences in the world, and definitely the largest in Asia. It draws exhibitors and guests from all around the world, and this marks third year in a row that ContainerAuction.com will be in attendance. What Goes On at Intermodal Asia? The Intermodal Asia conv ...
  • While a lot of people don't consider how much shipping containers impact their everyday lives, those of us involved with containers tend to see them everywhere (it's like when you buy a new car because no one else has one, then you start to see them everywhere), and realize that they have limitless potential during, and after their useful life. During the first phase of a shipping containers life ...
  • As shipping container housing and modular buildings grow in popularity, there are more and more questions coming up regarding building permits, container specification sheets and technical drawings, and how to get the container building to be approved before any sizable investment is made. While it's nearly impossible for us to determine the building codes for every county and township in the Unit ...
  • Keeping your shipping or storage container secure is paramount for keeping your valued items from being stolen. Whether it is tools, household goods, or family antiques, security is the main concern, which is why you’re using a shipping container in the first place. There are a few simple and inexpensive tips that you can use to help keep your container, and possessions, safe and secure. Hig ...
  • Creating affordable housing solutions is a common problem throughout the United States, and both builders and architects are being forced to get more creative in ways of addressing the problem. High density housing has been the typical solution to affordable housing, but with rising labor and real estate costs it isn’t feasible in many areas of the country. One solution that’s growing ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lots of people get the idea to build a storm shelter or bunker by burying a shipping container – it's fast, relatively inexpensive, and durable, right?  Step 1) Dig a hole. Step 2) Put a shipping container in the hole.  Step 3) Backfill around the container.  And by now you can probably guess where this article is going. The latest example of what not to do showed up in the Container ...
  • We previously discussed the first parts of setting up a storage container business, which included the planning and business plan creation. The next steps in starting a storage company with shipping containers are where the hard work kicks in. The first stages of getting a storage company up and running are heavily involved with planning and market research, once these hurdles have been crossed, i ...
  • Many people don't like to throw things away because of real, or perceived, value; and when the run out of room at their home to store things the overflow needs to go somewhere. This place called “somewhere” creates business opportunities for many people around the country that own storage companies. The question that we're asked on a regular basis is, “how do I start a storage co ...
  • We're just a short time away from installing a new president in the United States, and there's a lot of talk surrounding many of President Elect Trump's new policies. One of the most discussed and debated policies is that of building a wall on the southern border of the United States to help control the flow of illegal drugs and illegal immigrants. Along with the ethics of building a wall to contr ...
  • It's been well documented that housing costs in San Francisco have been going through the roof over the past few years, and it's nearly impossible to find affordable housing unless you're making a high salary. To combat this, property developer (and billionaire) John Sobrato wants to build a container housing development in Santa Clara to help the cities 6,500 homeless people. Sobrato, who has sp ...
  • Shipping containers (almost) never rest, but the office of ContianerAuction.com occasionally does. The holiday season is upon us once again, and the ContainerAuction.com offices will be briefly closed; however email and text messages will still be actively managed. If there is an urgent issue please send a text message to (307) 222-9085. December 25th: Offices Closed. ...
  • File it under 1001 things to do with a used shipping container, professional wake boarders and Red Bull built a very impressive container structure for wake boarding. Let’s start with the crane. The team had to search around the world for a crane that was large enough and had enough speed to pull the wakeboarders over 18mph. They finally found on in the waters of Uljanik Pula Wharf ...
  • Storage pods, storage containers, and shipping containers may seem synonymous on the surface; but the term "storage container" can be used interchangeably with the others, while "storage pods" and "shipping containers" are very different in many aspects. All can be purchased for storing things, but depending on the use pods and containers each have pros and cons to be considered. Let's start with ...
  • Last week we mentioned that all new shipping containers built in 2017 would be painted with waterborne paint, and since then we’ve taken several questions on what the difference is between waterborne paints, water based paints, and solvent paints. And to be honest, there isn’t a huge difference in the first two, but there is a difference between waterborne/water based paints and solven ...
  • Last week marked the fifth time that ContainerAuction.com attended the Intermodal Europe convention, and while companies and people change, overall the industry as a whole hasn’t changed a lot; nor can it be expected to, at least not quickly. Some of the larger developments with regards to containers themselves are in paint, software and tracking, and folding containers. Waterborne Paints fo ...
  • Shipping containers, by design, are wind and water tight; so the automatic conclusion that many people make is "how do I get fresh air when I'm locked inside of my shipping container home/storage unit?" The answer is simple, once you add doors and windows, and probably an HVAC system, there will be more than enough airflow to allow you and your family to survive. Even if you're using it as a ...
  • It’s that time of year again when everyone involved in the intermodal industry gets together to discuss the latest developments, trends, and events that have occurred or are going to occur; and this year the event takes place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Intermodal Europe is the largest annual event that brings together industry leaders in container shipping, leasing, technology, and shipping ...
  • We're asked "I'm using a shipping container for storage; how can I prevent someone from being stuck inside of it?" more times than you'd think. The obvious answer is, "don't lock them in". To anyone familiar with the doors and locking mechanism on a shipping container this sounds like a silly question, but to the novice container user it is a genuine and serious concern. After ...
  • Restaurants and food stands are constantly looking for new and interesting ways to stand out in a highly competitive market, and the Mexican fast food chain Taco Bell is no exception to the rule. Taco Bell has recently unveiled a new pop-up store built out of shipping containers. The restaurant is built from five shipping containers and includes a full Taco Bell menu, outdoor customer seating, and ...
  • "How do I get a shipping container with no rust?" is a common question that we receive through the website; and that question is subjective based on the requirements of the buyer and what they plan on doing with the container. Most used shipping containers will have some surface rust and that's by design based on the container being made of COR-TEN steel. What is COR-TEN Steel? More generically ca ...
  • Hunting out of a can, under the right circumstances, can be a good thing. Preppers and tiny house dwellers have helped to increase the popularity of shipping containers as housing structures all across North America, and there are increasingly more and more companies that convert new or used shipping containers into hunting cabins, The General Idea The concept is pretty simple. Start with the most ...
  • The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Line has been all over the news lately, but many people don't realize how it could, or will, affect them. If you're a general consumer, the bankruptcy could affect you through supply chain problems and delayed arrivals of general products in your local shops and stores, if you're in the business of shipping containers it could have a greater impact on your busines ...
  • A common question that comes through from our customers is, "which states allow shipping container housing?", and the answer is unfortunately vague – all of them, for the most part, sort of. The main purpose of a building permit is safety, both during and after the construction of the structure. It also helps with insurance and possibly the resale value of your container home. The building p ...
  • The storage business is a growing industry all around the United States, and it may be easier to set up and grow a storage company with shipping containers than you'd think. Before you rush into any decision, business or otherwise, it's good to sit down and do a little analysis to help you make the best choices. For a storage business, there are four factors that can drive the ultimate success of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Used shipping containers sometimes require a layer of paint to clean them up and make them blend in with the surrounding area; and depending on what shipping line owned or managed the container the colors will vary and it may or may not fit in where you plan to place it. But how do you paint a shipping container so that the paint will last and you won’t have maintenance issues in the future? ...
  • 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 ...
  • Getting the best deal on a new or used shipping container can mean different things to different customers, and depending on your level of comfort with regards to shopping around for the cheapest price, it can leave you with a completely different experience and possibly impact the quality of shipping container you purchase. Most shipping containers, both new and used, are sold through retail trad ...
  • Occasionally, the rods on the door of a shipping container will bend, leaving the container doors unable to be closed or opened properly. It’s not common, especially in everyday use, but if they are bent it is usually during movement or when hit by container handling equipment. While it may cause problems, it’s not impossible or very expensive to fix. However, it may be necessary to ca ...
  • If you’re running out of storage space for your home or business, shipping containers make a great solution for mini-storage. They’ve grown in popularity over the last few years, and while used shipping containers are very common and inexpensive, new (one trip) shipping containers are having features built into them to make them even easier to use for storage. Both new and used shippin ...
  • Lots of people use shipping containers for storage, and we are regularly asked about the best way to storage furniture in a shipping container – the short answer is, carefully. Shipping containers are designed for moving items around the world, and weren’t originally designed for long term storage. Because of this, they can heat up in the summer, and get damp when the temperatures shif ...
  • Shipping container finance is a large industry that’s controlled by only a hand full of companies, and these companies are structured with both debt and equity to provide an optimal return to their investors. Who are these investors? Typically the investors are hedge funds, private equity firms, pension funds, or wealthy family houses. Despite what some companies will have you believe, it is ...
  • 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 have many great uses. In their regular intended use, they transport all types of goods that we use in our daily lives around the world in a convenient, cost effective way. In their secondary life, they are often converted into housing components, hydroponic farms, and even storage sheds. With regards to commercial or residential sheds, every week we sell a lot of new and used s ...
  • Shipping container doors move the best when the container is sitting level. However, sometimes containers can fall out of alignment and this can be caused by any number of reasons. The two most common reasons are the ground under the container settling over time, or the container could be loaded the distributed unevenly. How do I tell if my storage container is out of alignment? Checking if your c ...
  • Shipping containers are traditionally moved on a standard chassis and pulled behind a semi-truck, and in some cases are transported on a flatbed trailer. However in non-shipping use they need to be moved on something smaller and more nimble so the container can be put directly onto the ground, and in some cases picked up and moved to another location. If the shipping container is located at a faci ...
  • Attaining financing for any home, let alone one built with shipping containers, can be a challenging task; since shipping container homes are considered “nontraditional housing” they usually carry an extra level of scrutiny when being reviewed by a mortgage underwriter. A purchaser or builder can have a great credit score, but the issue doesn’t sit with the credit worthiness of t ...
  • Shipping containers are designed to be wind and water tight, but if you’re using a container as a commercial or residential storage unit it might require a little extra ventilation to help regulate the humidity and potential moisture build up, especially in the coming summer months. Shipping containers are equipped with small "breather" vents at the factory that allow a l ...
  • A basic hunting lodge performs at least three basic functions: sleeping quarters, food/kitchen services, and some type of bathroom; and these three things can easily be packed into a 20' shipping container, and even greater size in a 40' shipping container. Designing a container cabin is slightly easier than building one, and a creative mind will have fun putting the most features in a fixed space ...
  • Shipping containers make great residential storage units, modular building components, or even outbuildings on a farm or ranch to store feed and tack supplies. However, the big question is the best (and cheapest) place to find them for sale. Logic would lead people to believe that the best place to find the cheapest shipping containers is directly to the source - the shipping lines that use them, ...
  • 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 ...
  • If you're in need of additional storage space, both residential and commercial, consider using a shipping container as a shed instead of building one. Speed (or construction time), cost, and security are three of the key features that will have your outbuilding up and functional quickly and easily. First off, if you purchase a new or used shipping container with the intent of using it as a shed, ...
  • Getting the best deal on a shipping container typically depends on where you buy the container, and the company that you buy it through. Naturally, people want to buy the best possible shipping container at the cheapest price; however there are several catches to getting this type of deal to work. The retail and wholesale markets for shipping containers are very different, and both provide differe ...
  • Are you a local towing or trucking company with a tilt bed trailer? If so, let us know on ShippingContainerDelivery.com. We’re always looking for local trucking and towing companies to move containers locally to residential locations that don’t have fork lifts or cranes on site. Delivering shipping containers to a residential buyer is different than trucking to most commercial buyers ...
  • Not all things are created equal, and that includes shipping containers. Well, containers start out created equal, but over time and life on the high seas and high ways they can take some damage. If you're going to be building a container home you'll want to make sure you know what you're getting into. 1. Inspect all used containers: A used shipping container may be “wind and water t ...
  • One of the biggest differences between buying a new and used shipping container is the color, and along with it the decision to buy a used container and paint it or buy a new (one trip) container with solid paint. But does the cost savings of buying a cheaper, used shipping container outweigh the benefits if you still need to paint to make it blend in with the local environment? Used shipping co ...
  • Cargo containers, also called shipping containers, connex boxes, sea cans, and several other names based on the region of the world that you’re in, are a key component to international trade. While the actual number isn’t possible to know, it’s estimated that as of 2016 there are some 30 million cargo containers making their way around the world at any given point in time. They c ...
  • Shipping containers aren’t high tech, and they aren’t low tech; at the heart of the matter shipping containers could be described as “no tech”. They have no electrical components and no gears or parts that rely on a series of other cogs or sprockets to make them move. Since their introduction to the market in the 1950’s there have been relatively few improvements to t ...
  • Commercial storage can come in many shapes and sizes, and just about every option can be customized to the needs of the company or individual that needs to store their goods. Typical forms of commercial storage range from rented U-Haul trucks and trailers, to secure and climate controlled off-site facilities, and more and more companies are beginning to rent or purchase 20' or 40' shipping contain ...
  • Shipping containers are showing up everywhere these days, and they're being used for nearly every imaginable purpose - from the original design purpose of shipping goods overseas to storage and modular building units, and even pop up displays for product launches and brand introductions. Case in point, while taking a break from the Intermodal Asia event last week we came across a few shipp ...
  • There's a lot of confusion between what the difference is between a shipping container and a storage container, and to be completely honest it's not unwarranted. A shipping container can be a shipping container, or a storage container; but a storage container is always a storage container, never a shipping container. The container that's best for suited for any project depends on the needs of the ...
  • Intermodal Asia is taking place March 22nd through the 24th in Shanghai China, and ContainerAuction.com will be sending a representative to the event for the second year in a row. Intermodal Asia is the industry’s leading event in the Asia Pacific region, and serves as a great venue to showcase new products and developments, meet new customers and vendors, and network with industry c ...
  • Rushing into any type of project isn’t advised for any project, especially one using shipping containers. With a little planning, and consulting with someone experienced in the field, can save you a lot of time and money. There are a few points that are easily overlooked by when people start planning to use shipping containers for storage, modular housing, or any other use – we know be ...
  • Storage facilities and general residential customers have all started to figure out that shipping containers, new or used, make excellent storage units; and once you consider why they’re so popular and do a little quick math, it’s a logical choice. Shipping containers can be set up quickly, are very secure, and last a long time. Commercial and residential container owners are all attra ...
  • 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 and storage containers, like any other type of outbuilding, require some periodic maintenance to keep them in top operational condition. On an annual basis it’s normally just a few minutes a year, but it’s best not to take your container for granted and neglect it to nature and environmental pressures. With just a few short minutes of work you can ensure that your shipping/sto ...
  • Over the last couple of years the trend of shipping container housing has grown in both size and popularity. The original concept of a container home was little more than a steel box converted into a functional modular house, usually completely leaving the idea of curb appeal. Flash forward a few short years and toss a few creating minds into the process and things have changed dramatically. So mu ...
  • Buying a used shipping container is typically a very straight forward process, however it’s important to know that there is no uniform way that shipping containers are graded. Some companies assign a letter grade, such as "A", "B", or "C"; while others use "cargo worthy" or "wind and water tight". This week we’re going to offer a quick ...
  • When you buy a shipping container, many times the delivery will either be included in the price, or added as an additional cost. One opportunity to save a little money is picking up the container yourself, either on your own trailer, or renting/borrowing one. If you decide to pick the shipping container up yourself you'll need to keep a few things in mind. First, a 20' container weighs just under ...
  • If your shipping or storage container is located in a cold, snowy area and you need regular access to it, frozen doors might be a problem for you. It's normal in some climates that the snow blows horizontally across the ground, and if the storage container maintains a temperature that's above the surrounding environment it could cause the snow and ice to regularly melt and refreeze in gust ...
  • The price of a shipping container can range from around $1000 to $4500, depending on the condition and size of the container - Obviously, new 40' containers are going to cost more than a 10 year old 20' container. With a few exceptions, most companies that sell shipping containers don't provide financing options or payment plans when purchasing shipping containers, so the options are either pay fo ...
  • If you're new to buying a shipping container, which most residential buyers are, it may seem like a large task to inspect a container, or at least know what to ask when learning about the condition of the container. If you're purchasing a new container, you can be very confident that the condition will be very good. There will be no major dents or dings, the doors will swing easily, and the floors ...
  • Santa Clause, as everyone knows, uses no known logistical support or services, outside of the North Star and Rudolph's red nose, and all of his cargo is carried in the single sleigh and his bottomless sack; with all of this in mind Santa really has no need to buy or lease shipping containers to carry his toys around the world on Christmas Eve. However, due to the ever increasing population of the ...
  • It's rare that shipping containers fall off a vessel, but occasionally they do and they can be very dangerous to those boating and yachting in the area. Container vessels typically travel in standard lanes that are commonly used by all types of oceanic traffic, so if a container goes overboard it's likely that it will remain in the general area; however the odds of hitting a shipping container are ...
  • One of the biggest question marks when it comes to shipping container housing is the permitting process and local codes, and unfortunately there is no clear cut system for building a container home in the United States. However, there are some things to consider before you dive head first into building a container home. First off, for those new to building any type of home, a building code is a se ...
  • On nearly every invoice or purchase agreement for a shipping container there's a clause about "neutralizing" the shipping container, but what does it really mean and why are shipping lines so emphatic about the process? First off, why is it necessary to neutralize a container? Once the container is sold by the original owner they are no longer in control of the container, and therefore ...
  • It was only a matter of time before someone put the two together: refugees and shipping containers. It started in Hamburg Germany, and now the idea is taking hold in Helsinki Finland. Finland has taken over 7,000 refugees in October (3,600 less than the previous month), and just last week 2,000 more arrived. In all, they expect to welcome some 30,000 - 35,000 in total. A short months ago tents we ...
  • 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 ...
  • First off, we're big fans of shipping container homes on every level of the concept. First and foremost, the design is limitless and a lot of what we see is highly creative and environmentally aware. However, a lot of people like the idea of building their own container home but don't think things through before they jump into it. The entire lifecycle containers a lot of components that can shut d ...
  • Winter is just around the corner for most of America, and it's a good time to start thinking about storage space for your outdoor summer equipment and toys (things like lawn mowers and motorcycles), as well as winter equipment (things like snow blowers, snowmobiles, and firewood) that you need ready access to. New and used shipping containers are an ideal solution for long term, year round durable ...
  • Shipping containers can last a life time if properly set up and maintained; and both components are very easy and very low cost. The setup can range from a simple foundation to elaborate footers and pads, and the maintenance, no matter what you do, is very low. Shipping Container Foundations Putting a shipping container directly on the ground can be problematic for several reasons. First o ...
  • Burying a shipping container for an underground shelter, bunker or storage unit sounds like a good idea on the surface, but it can be dangerous and go wrong quickly if it's not done properly. First off, we don't advise that digging a hole and dropping in a shipping container. As we've displayed before in the article, "What Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container", the sides of a container aren' ...
  • 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 ...
  • Shipping containers are turning up all over the place these days, and it’s no surprise that they’re being converted into hydroponic farms. Logically, it makes perfect sense: hydroponic farms don’t need any sunlight, are completely self-sustaining, and can be located anywhere in the world. The big question is, how to build one. Over the next couple of weeks, some of the staff of C ...
  • 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 ...
  • Used shipping containers that are being sold by leasing companies and shipping lines are typically 10-15 years old, and have seen their share of travel, with this in mind it can be expected that a container of this age shows the history of its life. Knowing that each company that owns and manages shipping containers has different criteria for maintaining their containers, and some containers are l ...
  • Shipping containers are quick and cost effective building blocks for all types of structures and projects; and can typically be used as a stand-alone solution for storage companies and on-site units for both commercial and retail storage. However, with a few modifications and simple adjustments clients and customers can get a lot more use out of their containers, for a nominal cost. Our parts co ...
  • You've probably never thought about transporting liquids and oils inside of a shipping container, but it happens every day and it's a lot cheaper than you'd think. A lot of high value liquids and oils are moved in tank containers, but non-regulated liquids and oils can be moved in a large, multilayer polyethylene or PVC bladder, or "Flexitank" that's installed inside of a standard 20' dry con ...
  • Bulk foods, such as rice and flour, are ideal for packing on a pallet and loading into a shipping container for transport; but did you know that wine and bananas are also transported in shipping containers? Many different types of foods are moved into containers, and this requires a special grade of container. The container doesn’t necessarily have to be a certain size, but it needs to be on ...
  • Affordable Shipping Container Homes Shipping container housing continues to gather support as it's adopted by many builders and communities around the country, but from what's getting attention in the news are container homes are either expensive, colossal structures that barely resemble a container, to highly functional cabins. It's less common to see a comfortable, reasonable priced house made f ...
  • There has been much discussion lately of how to effectively grow shipping container sales as the industry matures and expands. Retail and wholesale shipping container sales, like most other industries, are two very different functions, and the industry needs both to survive and thrive. While it’s not possible to completely predict what this segment of the industry will look like in 20 years, ...
  • Historic Savannah, Georgia; home to great restaurants, beautiful historic mansions, and one of the busiest shipping container ports in the country. When people think of international shipping in the United States they automatically think of New York/Newark and Los Angeles, which is only natural because of the large population centers based in those area. What many people overlook is that Savannah ...
  • Shipping containers are designed to withstand a lifetime of hard use and abuse, but some there are some containers that are designed to take things to the next level. Industrial Packaging 2, or IP 2 shipping containers are just this type of container. IP 2 is the designation for a specific type of packaging that is designed so that the contents will not leak, and that the internal shielding will ...
  • The spring and summer building season is gearing up across much of the United States, and if you will be in the process of building a container home between June and September we've got a great opportunity for you. Big Fish Casting and HGTV are filming a new series focused on shipping container homes, and if you've got your permit in hand and design in place there is a chance that you could be on ...
  • More and more people are designing, building, and buying shipping container homes these days. Aside from being environmentally considerate, they can be hip and highly functional. At its core, container housing isn't a totally new idea. People have been building modular homes and kit homes for years, with a container home the only thing being introduced is using a shipping container as the cent ...
  • A lot of people underestimate the importance of location when it comes to buying a new or used shipping container. Logically, the closer a shipping container is to the port or depot the cheaper it will be And while trucks and trains are moving around the highways of the country at a constant rate, the cost of moving a container from point A to point B isn’t free, even if it’s loaded wi ...
  • Shipping containers are an integral part of the supply chain. They can be loaded with nearly anything, and transported quickly and easily from Point A to Point B, no matter if it's a domestic or international destination. However, there are a few details that are commonly overlooked, or not initially prepared for, by companies that want to undertake the transportation of goods and products themsel ...
  • Protection in a tornado is vital to survival. Your family, friends, and possessions need to be in a secure, safe place in order to withstand the high winds and flying debris that a tornado creates. We've been asked several times if a shipping container would provide good protection for people and things when a tornado hits, and unfortunately there's no definitive answer. First off, let's l ...
  • There aren't a lot of new ideas when it comes to shipping containers, but when there are innovations they show up fastest in the retail market on new/one trip shipping containers. Some of the more recent innovations have been dirt resistant paint, bolt on lock boxes, and now "easy open door handles". First, let's take a second and look at why innovations are slow to reach the consumer market. On o ...
  • What does a shipping container cost is probably one of the common questions that we're asked every day, and unfortunately there's no direct answer, simply due to the fact that there are multiple factors that go into the price. The most important factors in the cost of a shipping containers are location, condition, and size. Shipping Container Cost Variable: Location It's easy to assume that a 40' ...
  • We can all agree that shipping containers are a big business, and that most standard/dry containers originate in China; but once you look at it up close it might be hard to get your head around just how big the container market in China is. Last week at the Intermodal Asia Expo 2015 we were given the chance to check out the busiest container port in the world, up close and personal. The deep ...
  • For most people, buying a shipping container isn't a regular task like picking up a jug of milk, or even buying a car. Shipping containers are long term assets that don't wear out like many other things, and because of this most people don't buy them on a regular basis; because of this there are usually a lot of questions about how to buy one, and what the process entails. Buying a shipping contai ...
  • For the first time, ContainerAuction.com will have a representative attending Intermodal Asia. Intermodal Asia, similar to its sister event Intermodal Europe, is an international event where world leaders in intermodal shipping meet to exchange ideas, learn about new products, and discuss the direction the industry is going. The event is attended by shipping lines, leasing and finance companies, c ...
  • The standard doors on a shipping container work great for moving in and out large items, but for daily use they aren't always the best solution. Designed for heavy duty use, the factory installed doors can be unwieldy and cumbersome to use when you just need to go in and out of the container quickly and easily. Over time, they can also become stiff and harder to pull, especially if your container ...
  • If you need a shipping container for overseas shipping, the first thing you’ll need to address with regards to the container is to make sure it’s certified cargo worthy. Why? The last thing that a shipping line wants is to have an old, racked container that doesn’t fit properly on the stack, or worse yet breaks apart mid-shipment under the pressure of the weight of the container ...
  • Buying a new or used shipping container for any type of project can be a blessing, or nightmare, depending on what you know before you get started. Age, conditiChoosing the Right Shipping Container for your Project Buying a new or used shipping container for any type of project can be a blessing, or nightmare, depending on what you know before you get started. Age, condition, and the shipping li ...
  • It seems like every day there’s a new article about shipping containers being converted into a modular home, prepper shelter, or some type of trendy restaurant; but what we sometimes miss are the regional projects that are making a great impact on the local community. Future Point, LLC in Colorado Springs is a great example of such a project and Stark Container Structures recently purchased ...
  • Quick and easy deployment, in a sturdy carrying case - that's the easiest way to describe a portable office built inside of a shipping container. Container offices have been used for several years, and made more popular during the shale oil boom. However, there are several things to think about before you rush out and buy one, or have one built for you. The first thing you'll need to ask yourself ...
  • If you're planning on buying a new or used shipping container and don't have the couple thousand dollars on hand to pay for it and have it delivered, you might want to check into financing the container through a loan. While the smartest way is to pay cash up front, it's common for people to get a loan through their bank, pay for it on a credit card, or work out a "rent to own' deal with the selle ...
  • Buying a shipping container to use as a commercial or residential requires a little advanced planning and thought, but with even a small amount of planning and preparation you'll have a solid, secure storage unit that will last you a long time. You'll need to make sure you have ample room, a good place to put it, and the right type of foundation to put it on. Ample Space Containers are pretty larg ...
  • We're constantly working on new developments based on the feedback of our buyers and sellers, and the latest updates to the commercial shipping container trading software has made buying and selling shipping containers much easier for everyone involved. The two biggest updates are the ability import multiple shipping container auction listings with a CSV file, and the ability to bid on, buy, and s ...
  • With winter roaring along and more snow on the way, now is the idea time to sit inside by the fire and think about summer projects (I'm not entirely kidding, but close). We were discussing options for additional storage space the other afternoon and one of the best questions that came up was, "why buy a shipping container". There were quite a few reasons, but we were able to combine them into five ...
  • Cheap shipping containers are something that everyone in the market for a shipping container looks for; no matter if the container will be used for storage, intermodal transportation, some type of modular housing project, or whatever else you might have in mind. However, the definition of "cheap" tends to vary greatly depending on the size, condition, and intended use of the container. F ...
  • Starting in January 2015, ContainerAuction.com will be making it easier to buy and bid on multiple unit shipping container listings on the container auction platform. For buyers who purchase multiple shipping containers at one time, or individuals looking to get the best deal on the equipment they need, a reliable and easy to use solution will soon be in place. Shipping lines, leasing companies, a ...
  • 2014 has been a great year at ContainerAuction.com. We've helped connect buyers and sellers with hundreds of new and used containers around the United States, North America, and a few countries in Europe and Africa. To build on our momentum, we've made a few enhancements to the website and trading platform that will kick off in 2015. These changes are designed to help buyers and sellers get the be ...
  • This holiday season ContainerAuction.com and ContainerLockBox.com are offering some great yearend deals on container accessories and parts as a way of saying thanks to all of our existing customers, and a way to introduce our products and services to new customers. Along with the deals on ContainerLockBox.com, we’re also clearing out some of the existing inventory in selected ports and depot ...
  • It seems like shipping containers are in the news on a weekly, if not daily, basis recently. If it's not an article about shipping containers falling overboard, it's a story about recycled shipping containers being converted into some type of container house or office space. No matter the reason, any time containers are in the news it raises the visibility of the industry and gives people new idea ...
  • Whether it's a low cost vacation home being built, or your goal is to downsize your overall life style; a tiny home built from 20' shipping containers provides enough room live comfortably, while reducing your total environmental footprint. A tiny home built from shipping containers can be on your own (assuming you have the skills), or you can farm the work out to a general contractor. And the hom ...
  • As the chill of winter creeps, it only seems fitting to turn to warmer thoughts of sunny beaches, the smell of the barbeque, and sitting next to a shipping container pool. Wait, what… a shipping container pool? As container modifications come into the portable storage and modular building markets, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to convert a shipping container into a poo ...
  • Every month shipping containers are bought and sold on ContainerAuction.com, and while many remain in use for shipping there are also many that are sold into a secondary market that use the containers for purposes and projects other than shipping; mainly storage units, workshops, or cabin/housing conversions. If you call into this group, you'll probably have the same initial questions and des ...
  • Converting shipping containers continues to grow in popularity, and recently we were asked about using them for temporary farm shelters and horse stables. With some proper consideration and modification work, the end product can be a great asset and provide years of use. As opposed to permanent structures, the conversions can be inexpensive, mobile, and very sturdy. Before we get started, the idea ...
  • For the 5th consecutive year, ContainerAuction.com will be attending the Intermodal Europe Expo: Containers in Motion.  Intermodal Europe is an annual event where industry leaders from around the world meet to learn about new products and services, discuss industry trends, and negotiate contracts and agreements for the following year.  The convention is attended by shipping lines, leasing a ...
  • 53' shipping containers are one of the rarer containers in the United States, and nearly impossible to find anywhere else in the world. They're predominantly used for domestic shipping on trucks and trains around North America. History of the 53' Container In November of 2007, APL was working with several clients, including Toys R' Us and New Balance, to develop the 53' x 102” unit. The main ...
  • We've all heard the stories about shipping container conversions and seen the end results, but not many people, excluding those building the components and converting the containers, know the potential obstacles and headaches that go into modifying a shipping container into storage unit, bunk house, or a project far more elaborate. Bent walls, racked frames, and rusted wall sections can all work a ...
  • There are challenges to financing any new business, and if you're planning on building a storage facility with shipping containers it's no exception. The benefits to building with containers is obvious, using containers saves a great amount of construction time, and its really easy to scale up the facility as demand grows; unlike a traditional building which typically needs to be built all at ...
  • Three short years ago we published "10 Facts about Shipping Containers" and the page has been visited by a lot of our customers and readers. Since that time, a few things have changed in the shipping world and it seems that now is a good time to update the page and provide 10 more facts about shipping containers. 1. Shanghai remains the busiest container port in the world, and since 201 ...
  • Shipping container prices vary greatly by location, condition, and size, and depending on your needs you can spend anywhere from around $800 to $5000 and up. As with most purchases, the price is the intersection of needs and budget. Container Location and Price Depending on where you live, or better yet where you need the container to be located, price can have a big impact on the cost of a shippi ...
  • Shipping containers have building components have grown in popularity over the last couple of years, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. Lots of people have a hard time envisioning how an ugly steel box could be incorporated into a home, office, or other similar structure, and without much thought it's easy to agree with them. However, before you skip over the idea let's consider five poi ...
  • The ideal storage unit is quick to delivery or install, has enough room to store everything that needs to be stored, is secure, and has ample room in case you need to load more things into it in the future. Historically, the most common structure for storage has been a barn or shed constructed from wood, concrete, or bricks; and while structures like this meet most of our criteria, they are very p ...
  • Renting a shipping container is a great option to meet your short term storage needs. It's common for people to rent containers when they're moving into a new house, remodelling their current home, or when companies need short term storage solution for seasonal inventory or other similar circumstances. Shipping containers can be delivered quickly, dropped on site, loaded and secured with your item ...
  • Document storage is a growing industry, and many people instinctively turn to shipping containers so serve as secure, onsite document storage units. Logically, it makes sense; however before you purchase a container and load it full of your important documents there are a few things that should be considered. Humidity, security, and storage features are three of the key items that need to be consi ...
  • Containers are portable, very secure, and can be used as the core building block for any type of storage or residential project; and the preppers that we've worked with are looking to build remote storage facilities at bug out locations, or discrete cabin that is going to be secure before, during, and after it's needed. Remote Storage for Preppers When it comes to building or installing a remote ...
  • The shipping industry as a whole has been slow to adopt new technology platforms, and rightfully so. The equipment involved, from the container vessels themselves down to the individual containers that ride on them, are capital intensive and last much longer than your normal consumer electronic devices. While you may rush out to purchase the latest iPhone with every new release (is it just ...
  • Extending the life of a shipping or storage container can be done with a little bit of effort and small investment. Over time, a shipping container parked in on a farm, ranch, or residential or commercial property may begin to succumb to the forces of nature and start to rust or the floors may begin to rot. As with anything, it's impossible to prevent aging of a shipping container, it is possible ...
  • During August and September of 2014, anyone purchasing a used 20' or 40' container will be automatically entered to win a bolt on lock box, and anyone buying a new or used shipping container will be offered a 25% discount on any purchase on ContainerLockBox.com. Starting on Friday the 29th of August, a new winner will be chosen at random every Friday and the winners' names will be announced on Twi ...
  • Picking up a shipping container at the depot or similar location is easy. Pull in, the forklift or crane picks up the container and drops is on the trailer, and you're off and running. The other week we talked about unloading a shipping container without a forklift, and now we'll go through when you need to move a shipping or storage container and don't have the luxury of having a forklift or cran ...
  • Hydroponic farming has been popular for many years, and is gaining traction with people involved in shipping container industries. The idea of being able to grow large amounts of food in a small area appeals to many types of people and organizations, ranging from urban farmers and preppers to pot farmers and people living in un-arable locations. Containers and hydroponic farming appear to be a nat ...
  • Buying a shipping container for a commercial property with a forklift on site isn't a problem, however if you're a residential buyer or small business owner you may not have the ability to unload a shipping container with a fork lift or crane. If you fall into this scenario, you can still find a great deal on a shipping container you just need to have it delivered on a tilt bed trailer. Having a ...
  • Depending on where you live, and what you do, shipping containers are called any number of names. No matter what they're called, at the very core they're all manufactured to a similar specification and are able to be universally handled, managed, and transported on nearly any container ship, train, and chassis in the world. However, it is important to note that there are sizes unique to Europe and ...
  • Shipping container cabins are growing in popularity; and while they are catching on, many people don't know where to start on a container cabin project.  We've recently completed our own container cabin project and over the past few months we've been documented the process of building a shipping container cabin, and shared pictures, ideas, and how to build a cabin with basic amenities and feature ...
  • Grounding a shipping container to prevent electrocution or damage to the items inside is a question that regularly comes up, and one that needs to be addressed properly. Using a shipping container as a storage unit, cabin, or any other type of building requires that you park the container somehow, either directly on the ground or on some type of a foundation. In the event that the container is str ...
  • Shipping container projects, from onsite storage units to storm shelters and cabins are continually increasing in popularity, and the summer is a great time to get started on them. Obviously, people tend to have more spare time and enjoy longer days during the summer, but summer also leads to great summer sales on new and used shipping containers. This week's cheapest shipping containers are foun ...
  • Keeping a shipping container cabin or bunker secure is paramount to the overall function of the unit. On an untouched container, the least secure point is the doors. However, when you start to modify a shipping container the weakest point will most likely shift to the windows, but there are inexpensive ways to mitigate this, the simplest being a steel shutter. If you've been reading our posts you ...
  • If you've been following along in our series so far, you'll remember that we're building a very basic container cabin. In the first part, we decided on what features the container cabin needed, in the second part we designed our basic layout. The cabin is actually going to be constructed from two 40' high cube shipping containers, equipped with both a storage and recreation area, and individual wa ...
  • Buying a shipping container to help when you move may seem like a great idea, but there are some other things that you'll need to consider before jumping in head first. Loading, logistics, and long term placement are the first three items to address, and if you can get past them you'll be ready to buy a shipping container. Loading and logistics are the related problems to address as both are c ...
  • Wind isn't something a lot of people regularly think about, especially when it comes to using a shipping container for a storage unit or modular housing component, and in most circumstances it's not a factor that needs to be considered. However, if you live in a flat area prone to extreme wind conditions the discussion is bound to come up. Note that we're not discussing tornados or other weather e ...
  • There are countless articles about how shipping containers are deployed in combat zones for storage, bunk houses, security walls, and most obviously shipping and logistical support. However, after a recent trip to the Royal Air force Museum in London, UK I discovered that a creative British Flight Lieutenant deployed Falklands suggested using a shipping container as a chapel. All other structures ...
  • General Motors has recently released information regarding an innovative idea to combat urban blight in Detroit, a small urban farm and home built from a shipping container.  The company is sponsoring the idea, while the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, TAKD Design, and Integrity Building Group will be building the house with one 40' shipping container, and scrap materials donated by General Mo ...
  • Converting a shipping container into a storage unit can be as simple or complex as your need it to be; and for the people that want to keep it cheap and simple there are a couple of products that you might be interested in – shelving brackets and pipe racks. Shipping Container Shelving Brackets Installing shelving inside of a shipping container presents some initial problems; mainly, the ...
  • Shipping containers are commonly used for portable storage units and modular housing components; and now they're also growing in popularity for conversions into cabins. Container cabins can either be purchased from dealers, custom built to your specific needs, or you can purchase plans and build the cabin yourself. Converting shipping container to a cabin for hunting, fishing, or camping leaves a ...
  • Stiff swinging, hard to open doors on a used shipping container can be a frustrating problem. Many people buy a shipping container for some type of storage, and they are going to be in and out of the unit on a regular basis. One thing they don’t want is to cringe in fear of a full body workout every time they need to open the doors. Luckily, the problem of stiff doors can be quick to diagnos ...
  • Many used shipping containers are converted into portable storage units; and there are a few simple items that you can invest in that will provide you with greater security, and more storage space. Steel shelving and a bolt on lock box are two of the most popular items available on ContainerLockBox.com, and they each install quickly and with minimal effort. Shipping Container Shelving From too ...
  • If you're a new to shipping container trading, or a commercial company expanding into the retail sector of the market, you'll find that when selling a shipping container to a retail buyer you'll need to take special considerations; as their motives and questions are very different from a commercial buyer. Let's start by defining a retail buyer as a person that's never purchased a shipping contain ...
  • The shipping containers for sale on ContainerAuction.com are used for just about anything you can imagine, and portable office conversions are one of uses that are growing in popularity. Converting a shipping container into a custom portable office gives you a strong, very secure office that can be moved from one job-site to the next. Of course, there is some work involved, and if you're not able ...
  • We take a lot of questions about whether or not it's a good idea to put a shipping container directly on the ground, or to place it on some type of a foundation. We've posted a few times about this in the past, and the most popular article is about "putting a shipping container on concrete footings". In this post we're going to share some of the more recent updates, questions, and ideas. Doe ...
  • Tailgating for college football is a national pastime, and for some it's more important than the game itself. Alumni and fans roll out of their hotels and RVs, and students make their way from the dorms to arrive to the game early, fire up the grill, and crack open a nice cold beer. It's one of the few times that drinking before noon is widely acceptable. Some of this however, could be about to ch ...
  • A little while ago we posted an article about "How to Build a Container Cabin", and we're getting closer to starting construction on the shipping container cabin. The plan has changed a little as we've redefined our needs, and now we're now putting together the total costs for materials, labor, the shipping container, and the transportation to Wyoming. The original plan called a single ...
  • We all know that shipping containers are durable steel boxes, but you really considered why they're so durable, even long after they're no longer being used to carry cargo around the world? Shipping containers are designed to be carried back and forth across the oceans carrying the things that make our everyday life more convenient; things like clothing and bedding, flat screen televisions and ...
  • A 20' or 40' shipping container makes a great storage shed, and with a little planning and thought it can keep everything inside safe and secure for a long time. Using a shipping container for on-site storage means a shorter built out period, reduced labor and material costs, and very secure, fireproof building. Before you get started, you'll want to consider your specific requirements. Making sur ...
  • A first of its kind for Denver, the new mixed use property located at 25th and Larimer Streets is built out of 29 recycled shipping containers. Colorado is home to several shipping container houses, like this one in Nederland, and a Starbucks in Northglenn, but this is the first commercial application of this type, and we’re excited for it. The construction of the project started in May of ...
  • Spring cleaning season is quickly coming upon us, and that makes it a great time to give your shipping or storage container a quick clean and make any repairs or general maintenance that may be needed. Like most things, an annual cleaning maintenance will extend the life of your shipping container by keeping it in top condition. We've written previously about cleaning a shipping container, and pa ...
  • Shipping containers, no matter if they're 20' or 40' long, are designed to securely hold whatever cargo is loaded into them, and that is one of the driving reasons behind the popularity in using them as both residential and commercial storage units. New and used shipping containers are widely available, affordable, and can be delivered and put to use quickly. If you intend to use the shipping con ...
  • A shipping container is a relatively simple piece of equipment. It's limited in terms of parts, as it has four walls, a floor and ceiling, and doors on one end. However, the parts that you don't initially notice are where the container derives all of its strength. Let's start with the basic components of a container – steel and wood. With the exception of the flooring, the nearly the entire ...
  • Reality television shows like Container Wars have made the idea of buying abandoned shipping containers very popular; popular to the point where many people are under the perception that there are hundreds of unclaimed, abandoned shipping containers at every port in the country. Fortunately for shipping and logistics companies, and their consignees, this isn't the case. To start, if a shipping con ...
  • Inspecting a 20' or 40' shipping container before you purchase it may seem like a big task, but it's actually a lot easier than you might think. No matter if you're using it for an on-site residential storage unit, or converting it into a container house or prepper cabin, most people don't buy shipping containers every day, so they don't know what to look for when they're making the purchase. Luck ...
  • Tough, industrial strength storage solutions that can stand up to the abuses of man, beast, and mother nature are required in North and South Dakota. Shale oil fracking and other mineral and energy extraction companies need storage containers that can be on-site quickly and need little to no maintenance, and used shipping containers are a perfect solution for that. The sellers on ContainerAuction. ...
  • Heavy industries like manufacturing, mining, oil drilling, and construction require portable, heavy duty storage facilities. Quite often, these companies less concerned with appearance and more concerned with function and an affordable price. They're looking for the cheapest possible shipping container that will stand up to abuse and neglect, all while keeping their supplies out of the harsh eleme ...
  • In an unfortunate turn of events, the containership Maersk Svendborg was hit by some particularly brutal weather last week in the Bay of Biscay, en route to Colombo, Sri Lanka; and the worst case scenario was achieved as 520 shipping containers had been torn from the deck of the vessel. Of the 520 shipping containers lost, 85% of the equipment was empty, and none of the equipment contained hazar ...
  • At the start of 2013, Mill Junction was two unused grain silo in the Newtown section of Johannesburg; flash forward to 2014 and the same structure now has been converted into affordable student housing, including 375 apartments, study facilities, lounges, computer rooms, and a gym. However, it doesn't stop at a simple conversion project; the development includes 61 used shipping containers on ...
  • Shipping lines that lease containers have several leasing and financing options available to them, and these options are designed to provide the greatest amount of flexibility and quickest access to containers as and where the units are needed. Previously, we discussed how shipping lines can opt for acquire containers through finance leases or operating leases, and we've also discussed how a shipp ...
  • Running a steam ship line is an expensive business, and a very capital intensive one at that. Millions of dollars can be tied up in one single vessel, and using capital efficiently is tantamount to success. This specific issue is the reason that leasing companies that specialize in shipping containers exist. These leasing companies provide shipping lines with access to containers without having to ...
  • Logistics companies, both domestic and international, help to reposition products all around the world, and they come into contact with a lot of shipping containers. When purchasing shipping containers for their clients (often called "shipper owned containers"), a lot of logistics companies turn to ContainerAuction.com to provide them with used, cargo worthy shipping containers, delivered to ...
  • The cost of having a shipping container delivered, unless it's free/built into the price, can have a big impact on the price of a new or used shipping container. And just as you'd expect, the further the container needs to be moved the more expensive it becomes - this is the primary reason that you should always look to buy a shipping container that's close to you. The ultimate goal is to find a s ...
  • Shipping and storage containers aren't always easy to find in a land locked state like Pennsylvania (sorry Erie, no disrespect meant!), but the good thing is that there are plenty of ports and major distribution centers close by, so it's not impossible to find shipping containers for sale in Pennsylvania. Many people throughout Pennsylvania use shipping containers for portable storage, mobile ...
  • 10' and 20' shipping containers are very popular with people either looking for additional storage, or those running a portable storage company; and most people naturally assume that 10' shipping containers are as widely available and should cost half as much as 20' containers. Unfortunately, that's not the case. 10' Shipping Containers 10' shipping containers, also called duo-cons, are half the l ...
  • Standard shipping containers make great transportation components and storage units, however if you're storing items that you access on a frequent basis, or large items that need to be backed in/out of the container, you'll probably find that having an extra set of doors on the opposite end would be very helpful – enter the double door shipping container. Depending on where you are locat ...
  • Shipping container housing and modification projects can range from the very elaborate and expensive, to the completely utilitarian and inexpensive.  In the end, as long as the shelter satisfies the ultimate purpose of the resident it can be considered a success. A Prepper building a SHTF cabin typically leans towards the latter - utilitarian and inexpensive.  The container cabin probably ...
  • ContainerAuction.com has been working to develop a market leading software platform to increase the efficiency of shipping container sales. For the past three years we have been working directly with some of the leading companies in container shipping, including global shipping lines and leasing companies, and container traders to create a functional platform that benefits all sides of the tr ...
  • New and used shipping containers can be found in nearly every port and major city around the United States and Canada; picking out which ones are cheap, and which ones are inexpensive is the question that needs to be addressed. To start, when we discuss cheap and inexpensive we're really looking at two different words. We use the word "cheap" to refer to quality. A cheap shipping container no ...
  • As with any heavy asset, equipment based industry, shipping containers require a great amount of capital investment to be effective and profitable to owners and investors.  Given that a direct cash purchase of shipping containers can tie up a large amount of capital, typically starting at $10 million dollars, many shipping lines and container leasing companies will finance their fleets ...
  • In case you missed it, last week there was a severe storm off the coast of Ushant, France, in the south west corner of the English Channel, and it was strong enough to knock 14 shipping containers overboard. CMA-CGM, the vessel owner, was able to confirm the contents of the containers and there was no concern of pollution, and a team was quickly dispatched to recover the shipping containers and so ...
  • Traditionally, shipping lines and container lessors have sold their off lease shipping containers through closed networks. They periodically email their available inventory to a select list of clients, and wait for a response to come back. This process has worked for a long time, however the market is shifting and technology is making the process faster and more efficient. The Container Trader pla ...
  • We were recently contacted by a major university that has a problem to solve. Every summer the school takes a group of students to Wyoming for a field class and the issue they asked us to help address was a relatively simple one: where to put their students when it rains? During clear weather the students sleep in tents at the various camp sites, and the school rents a large camper to shelter the ...
  • Christmas is only a few days away, and while it's not possible to make the delivery in time to be under the tree, we're continuing our discount offer to everyone that's purchased a new or used shipping container through ContainerAuction.com in the month of December - 20% off any purchase on ContainerLockBox.com.  The discount code is provided on the bottom of your ContainerAuction.com invoice ...
  • Financing Shipping Containers Shipping container finance is a broad subject that can be broken down into several industry segments, with different options available to each type of individual or corporation that is taking on the debt. The three largest portions of container finance are residential, storage, and fleet finance. Residential Shipping Container Financing Residential shipping container ...
  • Over the last year we’ve sold a lot of shipping containers around the United States and Canada, and quite a few containers in Colorado. Throughout Colorado, shipping containers are popular to use as portable storage units for homes and companies, modular housing components, or even storm shelters/hunting cabins. Nearly every shipping container that we’ve sold in Colorado this ye ...
  • We usually write about shipping containers, their uses, and the different locations you can find them in, places like depots, ports, local dealers, etc., but we don’t often discuss how they get there. The shipping container that you’ve bought and have sitting on your property, or the unit that you drive passed on a regular basis has lived a pretty interesting life. A few weeks ago we ...
  • There are a lot of reasons that people build homes out of shipping containers, ranging from the very practical reasons, to the very creative reasons. No matter that your agenda is there are a lot of industry experts, literature, and tools designed for shipping container homes that can help to get you started. While reading this article, please keep in mind that just like building a tradition ...
  • Winter is come at us full force, and a discussion that surfaces every year around this time is "what's the best way to insulate a shipping container?" As a raw building component, shipping containers provide a solid place from which to start. If you're working towards a traditional modular housing project, storm shelter, prepper cabin, or work shop the question of "how to insul ...
  • 40' shipping containers are the most widely available containers in circulation throughout the world, and finding this size of shipping container for sale throughout the United States and Canada shouldn't be a problem. At most ports or depots you can find them in both new and used condition, and 40' shipping containers make great modular units for conversions into offices, container houses, ...
  • As shipping containers become more and more popular in the secondary market, it's important for new buyers to gain a full understanding of what to look for when they decide to buy a shipping container. While each project is different and the applications are very different from residential to commercial usage, the rules of buying a container are generally the same across the board. 1. Don't O ...
  • Nearly every shipping line and leasing company on ContainerAuction.com provides 20' shipping containers for sale in either new, or used, condition. In general, most new containers are similar in terms of condition, with a few differences in features and color. Used 20'shipping containers can vary greatly in condition, color, and features. Both new and used containers are great starting blocks for ...
  • Shipping containers aren't close to being high tech; in fact, with a few exceptions, containers could be called "no tech". Unlike other assets owned by shipping lines and container lessors, shipping containers grow old and are cycled out of service because of the condition, not because they became obsolete and out dated. With that in mind the factory price of new, 20' shipping containers ...
  • Shipping containers can be found for sale in lots of locations these days. There are retail outlets around the United States and Canada that provide shipping containers for sale with full services provided (modifications, painting, delivery, etc...), wholesale outlets that assist people who are interested in purchasing used condition shipping containers either in larger volumes, multiple cont ...
  • There are in excess of 17 million shipping containers moving around the world at any given time; and while the vast majority of them are standard shipping containers, there are several other types of containers that are required for moving different types and sizes of products and equipment. What are the different types of shipping containers and why are they important to containerized shipping? ...
  • A few months back, two retired shipping containers in Savannah, Georgia were converted into a reat looking single family home. While the interior of the place is impressive, unlike other projects the exterior of the containers remained in the natural state - displaying the original blue paint, shipping line markings, and even the BIC code that was originally assigned to it. The two 40' shipping c ...
  • There is a lot of talk these days about all of the different types of auctions that are being made popular by reality television, and given the name of our company we get our fair share of questions from people looking to score big at the auction. To help clarify some questions and point people in the right direction, here's a quick summary of the different types of popular auctions and where ...
  • If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a lock box or set of vents for your shipping container, now is the time.  For the month of November we’re offering 10% off any purchase made through ContainerLockBox.com. If that’s not enough,  if you buy a new or used shipping container through ContainerAuction.com you will get an additional 10%, for a total of 20% off any purchase ...
  • Shipping containers are typically seen on the backs of trucks, stacked up in depots, and we can occasionally see them loaded onto a shipping vessel either coming from, or going to, some far off land.  But, out of the 15-20 life span as a shipping container used in shipping, how much of that time is actually spent carry goods and products versus sitting idle in a port or depot? Shipping contai ...
  • Shipping containers are fairly common throughout the port cities and major inland cities in America and Canada, and when you can buy containers at an affordable price it makes them a very attractive option if you need a strong shell and frame to be the structural building block for your prepper project. On top of the strength, shipping containers are fire proof, readily deployable, and mobile. ...
  • On nearly every shipping container you'll find a CSC plate, or "Container Safe Convention" plate. The only purpose of the CSC plate is for shipping, so for the retail buyer there's little need or meaning for the plate. However, it does tell some of the interesting information about the specific shipping container. The CSC plate is fastened to every shipping container by the factory at the time ...
  • One trip shipping containers, most typically, come in 10’, 20’, and 40’ sizes.  One trip containers, sometimes called one way containers, have only been used a single time and are still considered to be new.  While they usually aren’t the cheapest containers on the market, in depending on your container project they may be the most affordable containers overall. Why ...
  • There are a lot of great opportunities to set up a small business these days, and a business model that’s growing in popularity is providing storage other people’s things.  Self storage facilities are very common as people move from one place to another and need extra space to keep the belongings which they no longer use on a regular basis.  Rather than part with them, either for ...
  • Every year the leaders in containerized shipping gather at the Intermodal Europe Expo to learn about the latest developments in technology and international policies, discuss current trends, and to negotiate contracts and agreements for the coming year. Shipping lines, container manufacturers, leasing and finance companies, and supporting companies all gather for the event. This year the eve ...
  • It's getting more and more common for people to use a shipping container as an on-site storage unit.  New and used shipping containers are designed to keep their contents secure, protected from wind and rain, be portable.  However, there are a couple of points to keep in mind when converting a commercial shipping container into a residential storage unit. High Locking Gear vs. Low Locking G ...
  • Buying a new or used shipping container is a pretty straight forward process.  The important think to know is that when it comes to containers, there aren’t a lot of options available with the containers, and only a few important things that you should keep ahead of to reduce the chance of any delays or extra costs. The Process of Buying a Shipping Container on ContainerAuction.com &nd ...
  • Using a shipping container as a portable storage unit provides a maintenance free facility, 99% of the time; and the other 1% of the time is preventative maintenance and care. Shipping containers are designed to withstand the harshest of conditions as they travel across the oceans many times in their life, so when they're repurposed for commercial or residential storage units the conditions a ...
  • If you're buying a used shipping container for personal storage at your home, or for a commercial operation looking for a job-site office or construction storage, a used shipping container could be a good option for you to research and compare prices of what's available in the market.  The price of a used container depends heavily on the following items: Condition Type/Size Location and De ...
  • Going into week 3 of College football season every division championship is still up for grabs, but the University of Nebraska has one edge that's caught our attention, and it takes place in 20' shipping containers outside of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The University of Nebraska is gearing up to provide luxury tailgating facilities to Husker Fans and naming the encampment "Blackshirt Village ...
  • So you’ve decided to buy a shipping container, and now you need to start planning the delivery.  In many cases, the company selling the container has either their own trucks for delivery, or contacts in the immediate area of the depot that can help get the container to you.  If they don’t provide logistical support, keep reading and makes notes on all of the points below as you ...
  • Storage facilities are pretty common and heavily used around the United States and Canada, and one of the fastest ways to set up a storage facility, or expand an existing facility, is by using modified shipping containers. 20' and 40' shipping containers can be quickly converted into both single unit storage containers, and multiple unit storage facilities.  Depending on the size of the unit ...
  • If you're never purchased a shipping container, you may not even know where to start.  Finding a shipping container in your area, at the price you want, is the first step; and once you do that you'll probably want to visit the depot and inspect the unit. Inspecting a container for the first timhe can be challenging, especially if you don't know what to ask or look for.  Some dealers and dep ...
  • Shipping containers aren’t high tech, and there are relatively few parts and components that can break or be damaged beyond repair.  For the most part, all standard dry shipping containers, 20’ or 40’, have the same core parts.  To accurately explain and document any damage or questions regarding a container it is convenient to be able to reference the parts by their accept ...
  • 45’ high cube shipping containers are a great value based on their size and cost, the only difficult part can be finding them.  45’ high cubes are a problem for some ports because most offloading equipment is geared to handle containers no greater than 40’, thereby limiting the locations that these containers can be unloaded from the ship. 45’ Dimensions and Weight ...
  • When you’re having a shipping container delivered to your home or business location the more your plan out in advance the faster it will go.  The biggest disservice you can do to yourself, and the driver, is to leave out important details that you may, or may not, know are factors.  We’ve delivered a lot of containers over the years, and have 5 tips that will make your delivery ...
  • It seems like shipping containers are popping up everywhere these days –portable storage units, jobsite offices, they're even being used for modular housing, greenhouse conversions, and shopping mall projects!  A used container converted to a new life can be called many things – refurbished containers are cleaned up, retrofitted containers are equipped with doors and windows, and ...
  • There’s no universal grading for the condition of a shipping container.  Each company may have its own criteria, and each inspector or surveyor may have set ideas of what their employer has them look for.  By and large, it’s a pretty subjective process.  For example, a container can have a little surface rust and a few dings and dents, but as long as it’s been repaired t ...
  • Installing vents into a shipping container is the perfect way to allow the summer time condensation that builds up in side of containers during the dramatic shift in temperatures from day to night. What is a Shipping Container Vent? Our vents are after-market container parts that can be installed quickly, and when installed in pairs they provide an adequate amount of airflow that can eithe ...
  • Used shipping containers are not all the same, and you need to know what to look for before you rush out and purchase one.  Just like you would do a little research before you purchase a used car, there are some common things to look for when you get ready to purchase a used shipping container. Depending on what you plan to use the shipping container for, you can typically save around $1000 by pu ...
  • There's no telling what's been inside of a used shipping container.  It could be coming out of China with a load of palletized toys that were nicely wrapped in plastic; electronic components boxes and stacked from Taiwan; or a load of steaming fresh garbage out of some other nation. To be frank, most people really don’t care and never think about how the inside of a shipping container smell ...
  • If you’re summer plans and projects call for a shipping container, now is the time to buy. ContainerAuction.com has great deals on new and used shipping containers throughout North America, and every purchase of a used shipping container will earn you a coupon for 25% off a bolt on lock box* from ContainerLockBox.com. In select cities around the United States and Canada, our sellers have 20' ...
  • While a shipping container is a pretty large object, buying one may not be as big of an ordeal as you might think.  Sure, there are things that you need to plan for like the delivery and where you’re going to put it, but with some planning and foresight you shouldn’t have any issues at all.  When you buy a new or used shipping container through ContainerAuction.com, here are the norm ...
  • We’re growing!  At the request of our customers, ContainerAuction.com is now supplying bolt on lock boxes for shipping containers.  A shipping container lock box is an important feature that will greatly increase the security of any shipping container; they install quickly, are very affordable, and for the rest of the month ContainerLockBox.com is offering a 10% discount on all purch ...
  • Converting a shipping container into a storage unit is a great idea, one which has been growing in popularity over the past few years.  In many areas of North America there a surplus of both new and used shipping containers, and while the costs involved aren’t dirt cheap, there are some great deals to be had when compared to other alternatives. Before you decide to convert a shipping con ...
  • Humidity and seasonal changes in most of the United States and Canada mean that the temperature during the day time and night time can vary greatly; and if you’re using a shipping container for portable storage, this range of difference in temperatures can lead to condensation build up and may cause damage to the items that you’re storing inside.  There are several ways to manage ...
  • When it comes to shipping containers, increasing the storage or housing size (internal volume) without increasing the foot print can only come in one direction – height.  International equipment; from ship gearing, port and terminal container handling and standard chassis size, is all geared for either one 40' container, or two 20' containers.  There are some larger containers, but t ...
  • Many types of companies have been using portable, job-site offices for years. They can be seen on construction sites, oil fields, and even emergency management sites. While the idea isn’t new, a twist that has grown popular is to convert new or used shipping containers into the office. It’s a solution that’s cost effective, very durable, and environmentally friendly. When com ...
  • Shipping container lock boxes are an aftermarket container part that can greatly increase the security of your used shipping and storage container. New and used shipping containers, like new and used cars, come equipped with different features that were chosen by the original buyer; in the case of cargo containers the original buyer is typically a shipping line. Just for background knowledge, when ...
  • The price between a new and used shipping container varies based on the condition of the used container, and depending on the budget of your project deciding what condition of container to purchase could make a difference in how quickly your project develops.  While there's no "set in stone" guide for deciding which condition you should purchase, there are a few common questions that we ask ...
  • Over the course of a week we take a lot of questions similar to, "which is better, a new or used shipping container?"  Well, the answer isn’t always obvious, and it really depends on what you intend to use the shipping container for.  Many people are under the impression that new and used shipping containers are the same, except for age and condition; however, there are differences bet ...
  • It's not always easy to find the best new or used shipping containers that you're looking for, so ContainerAuction.com has integrated several unique features to help commercial buyers and people interested in buy single containers alike. Many of the features the website require no registration or personal information, and all are available free to use. Distance Searches: Can't find a containe ...
  • Getting the longest life out of your shipping container doesn't require much effort, but like anything a little effort here and there will go a long way. One of the great things about a steel shipping container is that there's no technology involved; so you don't have to worry about upgrades, support settings, out-dated features, or anything like that. However, it does help quite a bit if yo ...
  • When it comes to prepping, many folks are interested in using shipping containers for a secondary retreat or bug out shelter. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and mislead ideas with regards of how to move them, use them, and maintain them – and we've heard most of the questions several times over. The good thing is, with a few exceptions, the questions are all similar. What this ...
  • One of the most commonly overlooked differences between new and used shipping containers is the lack of a lock box.  Considering that a majority of people purchasing a used shipping container are doing so for storage or a similar use, having a lock box installed is a strong selling feature. Used, off lease containers typically don’t have a lock box installed because the shipping line do ...
  • Open top containers are a type of shipping container designed with for specific uses in mind.  This type of shipping container is similar to that of a standard 20' or 40' container, with one key difference:  the top of the container is not solid, and is removable.  This unique feature makes them very easy to load and carry over sized equipment, materials, bulk items like coal, or other sim ...
  • Our partner in Toronto has been busy this winter converting 20' shipping containers into portable offices for construction sites, drilling stations, and other similar companies.  All container parts are custom made specifically for shipping container conversions, as opposed to retrofitting standard frame housing doors and windows, and installed at the production facility in metro-Toronto. A ...
  • Inspecting a shipping container before you buy it is a common request, and with almost all containers there is a standard list of things that you should look for as you inspect the unit.  While it’s not required that you inspect the container before you purchase it, in the case of a used container it’s a good idea – especially if you have a certain list of requirements, or h ...
  • Many people buy a used shipping container without knowing how the container is equipped, however most people don't know to ask how they're equipped as a shipping container isn't something that you purchase on a regular basis and there are a limited number of places where you can research what you need to ask (unlike purchasing an automobile or television set), and what shipping container parts may ...
  • Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s a good time for spring cleaning. Houses, cars, boats, and your used shipping container can benefit from a little maintenance. Luckily, the cost to maintain that shipping container you’re using as a storage unit is pretty low (if you even need to spend anything at all!). For starters, once the snow clears there’re are really ...
  • As the popularity of shipping container structures increases, either for housing, shelters, job-site offices, or other uses, the need to insulate a shipping container is a growing concern.  As with most things, there are both correct and incorrect ways to tackle a project. Logically, most people thing of insulating a shipping container as you would a traditional stick or brick structure.  Fi ...
  • "Can I bury a shipping container" is a standard question that the ContainerAuction.com staff is asked on a very regular basis. People want to bury shipping containers for many reasons, and some of the most common are: Hiding the shipping container for security reasons Integrating the containers in landscaping designs Insulating the shipping container for greater temperature control Building a ...
  • You've purchased a used shipping container that perfectly meets your needs:  The size is right, the condition is strong and secure, and the price was cheap.  The only thing left to do is give it a fresh coat of paint so that "neutralizes" the markings of the shipping line.  Your initial thought may be to rush out to the hardware store and pick up a case of spray paint to give it a quick.  ...
  • There's a swell growing based on the ideas of survivalists and preppers, and the main concern is how to best protect their family in the event of a natural disaster, financial collapse, large scale emergency, or any other doomsday scenario.  Preppers are preparing for any of these events by training in self defense, stock piling food, and building "bug out shelters". First, for the uninforme ...
  • After you find the shipping container that best meets your needs, the next step is having it delivered to your location. There are three main ways to have a container delivered, and the main variable for delivery is if you have equipment on site that can help you unload the container from the truck, typically a fork lift or crane. The three main ways to have a container delivered are on a tilt b ...
  • Shipping and storage containers, whether being used for intermodal shipping, domestic moving, or as a storage unit, can be loaded with a lot of things; and you load them with even more things if they're loaded properly.  If you load a container properly you'll be able to fit more into it, and it will be easier to access should you need to retrieve anything.  When loading a shipping or stor ...
  • We take several questions a month from people interested in converting them into storm shelters and survival bunkers.  Overall, shipping containers make a very good building block for these types of projects for many reasons.  Shipping containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, the interior can be modified to meet almost any type of project, and they're affordable and rea ...
  • One of the key differences between international shipping containers, especially those that travel on the sea, and domestic containers which travel primarily on highways and possibly train cars, is the material that their outer shell is constructed of.  Sea containers are constructed out of COR-TEN Steel, or "weathering steel", while domestic containers are normally constructed out of alumin ...
  • Anyone who's shopped for a shipping container or works around them is aware of the conventional 20' and 40' containers sizes, but what many people don't know is how and why other container sizes are used and occasionally available in the market. Non-international sizes like 10', 48', and 53' shipping containers are common in some markets, although their size limits their international mobility ...
  • Onsite storage comes in many shapes and sizes, and depending on what your needs may be there are many solutions available in today’s market.  The three most commonly discussed options are shipping containers, portable storage units, and PODS®. Structural Differences: Shipping Containers, Storage Units, and PODS® Shipping containers are designed and manufactured for intermodal, internati ...
  • Buying a new or used shipping container on ContainerAuction.com is quick, easy, and very straightforward. ContainerAuction.com provides a platform to purchase containers for both large and small volume buyers and traders. No matter if you’re planning on purchasing one container to use as a portable storage unit, or you’re trading a high volume containers on a regular basis, there are ...
  • Buying a shipping or storage container at auction is one of the best ways to find a great storage deal in your area, and ContainerAuction.com has active sellers and many containers listed for sale around the world.  If you don’t see the container that you need on the auction platform contact us and we’ll do everything that we can to put you in touch with a seller that can provide ...
  • Shipping container conversions are becoming increasing popular in the construction and oil industries.  In recent years, the demand for new and used shipping containers has increased due to the need for on-site storage, workshops, and mobile offices that is affordable, quick to install, and provides a great amount of security. Shipping containers are readily available in almost every major c ...
  • If you’re shopping for a storage unit, there are many types of shipping containers available in the retail, or secondary, market that can meet your needs.  However, to find the right one there are a couple of questions that you first need to ask yourself before you can buy a container.A shipping container of any age makes a great storage unit.  However, depending on your needs, the l ...
  • New and used shipping container being used for on-site storage is growing in popularity in many areas of Canada, including Toronto and Montreal. Storing your personal household items, work tools, or other large equipment in a large, wind and water tight unit is the ideal situation for all four seasons. Shipping containers, as they are manufactured, need no modifications to be used as a standa ...
  • ContainerAuction.com will be sending a representative to the 2012 Intermodal Europe Expo “Containers in Motion”.  For the third year, ContainerAuction.com has attended the event and met with industry leaders and experts in container shipping, leasing, and trading.  This year the event takes place in Amsterdam from November 27th through to the 29th. Each year, the industry leader ...
  • If you’ve purchased, or plan to purchase, a shipping container to use as a storage unit you’re going to want to make sure the container is as secure as possible.  On most standard containers there are only doors on one end of the unit and, assuming there are no modifications to the box, the area that’s most vulnerable to anyone trying to break are the doors.  In an ideal ...
  • Winter is here, and that means you'll need to store your equipment and "toys" in a place that can be set up quickly, while ensuring that everything inside remains dry, secure, and completely protected from the elements of nature. When the thought of winter storage comes to mind, historically most people think of a garage, barn, or shed; however in recent years, shipping containers have become ...
  • Converting a used shipping container into a storage unit can provide a lot of great benefits, and little weaknesses.  With a single entry point, all other sides of the steel container are very secure and difficult to penetrate.  However, the single door may require some attention.  The doors on used shipping container by themselves are not the highly secure; however with a few small enhanc ...
  • Shipping container homes have been growing in popularity in the recent years, and they've done a great job penetrating many markets, in many parts of the world. Some companies have deployed them as a solution for affordable housing, while other architects have taken them into very upmarket areas and built luxury homes that will impress even the most discerning of homeowners. Our staff has select ...
  • Homes built from shipping containers are becoming increasingly popular, and that should make it easier to obtain a conventional home loan for one.  It should anyway, but that’s not always the case. In the late 1990’s it was often a challenge to secure financing on a log or dome house, anything “off the grid”, and in many cases modular or prefab (short for prefabricated) ho ...
  • Many people want to convert cargo or shipping containers into on-site storage units, workshops, job-site offices, or some are even modified into storm cellars and shipping container houses.  As with any project, the planning stages are the most important, and deciding on the right type of container is the best place to start. The most common mistake that people make is when purchasing the co ...
  • When you consider buying a shipping container you have two options, buying a new shipping container, or buying a used shipping container. One of the main benefits of buying a used shipping container is the cost savings; they tend to be less expensive. However, you do need to be careful when choosing a used container and we’ve put together a few helpful tips to help make the process easier.Fi ...
  • The popularity of using shipping containers as portable storage units has helped to create growth in a new industry, countless jobs, and opened up some fantastic environmental benefits through repurposed and recycled shipping containers.  One important thing to consider is the purchase or rental options that are available to you, and which one makes the most sense for your situation. Decidin ...
  • A really common question that we receive through ContainerAuction.com is "how do I buy a shipping container?"  Given that a large portion of the retail clients that use the container trading platform are first time container buyers, our staff and sellers are well trained and have the experience with containers to ask the right questions and make the transaction as smooth as possible.  In thi ...
  • Shipping containers in New Orleans, Louisiana are a big business.  Currently, the Port of New Orleans is the largest port in the United States based on cargo volume, and the 13th largest in the country based on the value of the cargo.  Another distinct feature is that the port has the longest wharf in the world, at 2.01 miles (3.4km) and it can accommodate 15 vessels at a time. During the ...
  • Rapid Deploy Manufacturing Containers We’ve read about the residential and commercial housing, retail space, even hydro-farms built out of recycled shipping containers; it was only a matter of time before some innovative company began to apply used shipping containers to micro-manufacturing, and that company is re:char. Re:char has developed a product called “Shop-in-a-box”.  ...
  • Shipping containers, no matter where you find them in the world, are designed and built to standard sizes. This makes packing them with goods, loading them on ships, and transporting them around the world incredible efficient. More specifically, container manufacturers adhere to ISO (International Standards Organization) regulations with respect to size, materials, and production processes. Tha ...
  • Repurposing a used shipping container for onsite storage is a great option, especially if you have a lot of space with which to work.  Using a cargo container for storage on a ranch or farm is a great example, that’s more common than you may realize.  In areas such as Colorado and Wyoming containers are very popular as they offer a great amount of quick space, and are built to withstan ...
  • It's hard to believe that summer time is quickly closing out, and autumn is knocking at the door. As the seasons change and you begin to seek out portable storage equipment or steel structures for outdoor projects be sure and consider a strong, secure cargo container. Cargo containers are great tools to consider as they are durable, cost effective, quick and easy to purchase and install, a ...
  • If you’re in the market to purchase or a portable storage unit, or mobile offsite storage, it makes a lot of sense to consider purchasing a used shipping or cargo container to have delivered to your location. Used cargo containers make great storage units because they are durable, environmentally friendly, cost efficient, and portable. Durable: Cargo containers are designed to be transporte ...
  • In a tight economy, replacing building components with a cargo container is a great way to complete the summer projects and chores that you believed had been priced out of budget.  Containers can help save on the cost of materials, and definitely provide a savings on the cost of labor.  Not to mention the long term durability of the unit itself, the option of moving it to a new location, a ...
  • Every day countless people purchase shipping or cargo containers around the world.  Commercial buyers will keep the containers in service for years to come, and residential buyers typically opt to use the containers for on-site storage, have the containers modified into a home or office, or some even convert them into storm shelters or root cellars.  Regardless of your intentions, someone ...
  • The past few months have been very busy at ContainerAuction.com, and we've got some great deals on containers in Memphis, Portland, Baltimore, and more sales and auctions scheduled to start at a new locations in the coming weeks. If you're in need of one trip shipping containers in Memphis, Tennessee, be sure and visit listings #2160 and #2161.  These listings contain some great one-trip co ...
  • Like many things in life, you really don’t recognize how abundant shipping containers are until you really start looking for them.  Shipping containers, or cargo containers to some, make it a habit to not stand out in their surroundings.  Often in muted colors like ivory or almond, they do a great job of blending in.  You might pass containers every day.  Shipping containers can be used ...
  • If you’re looking for a great deal on a new/one trip 20’ shipping container in Memphis, look no further.  Next week, ContainerAuction.com is hosting an online auction for cargo containers in Memphis TN.  Preview of the auction begins on Monday, July 30th 2012 and bidding begins on Monday August 6th, 2012.  The online auction will conclude Thursday August 9th at 5pm eastern tim ...
  • If you’re in need of a strong, secure storage unit, a used cargo container is a great place to start your search.  No matter if you’re a commercial storage company or an individual in need of some extra space; the design of cargo containers allows for quick conversion into a secure storage location. Individual Storage Solution:  Finding a cheap, used shipping container to pl ...
  • This month ContainerAuction.com has some great offers on new and used cargo containers in both Baltimore and San Francisco. There are new, one trip cargo containers in Baltimore which are due to arrive in early September 2012.  These containers are true one trip boxes and in new condition.  They can be purchased for $3100/unit, or bidding starts at $2950/unit.  It you need multiple units t ...
  • We're always eager to keep up with the latest trends in cargo container architecture, and during the last week we came across a great new container home recently constructed in one of the last places that you'd expect to find a container home - the Hamptons. The home was constructed by Andrew Anderson and has been named, "The Beach Box". The six repurposed 40' cargo containers have now been given ...
  • Since the early days of pizza, it’s been served in mostly traditional ways: on the baking pan if you’re eating it at the restaurant or in a box if you’re taking it home.  Well, one San Francisco based company is providing another option: pizza served from a can. Before your imagination takes over, this pizza isn’t only served out of a can, or more accurately a modifie ...
  • "Where is the best place to buy shipping containers" is a question that isn't as straightforward as many people hope it would be.  If you're in the market to buy a shipping container; new, used, or any condition in between, there are several factors to consider before you decide on where to buy one.  In general, the two easiest places to find containers for sale are shipping depots and cont ...
  • Cargo containers are a highly versatile, secure, and readily available item.  It’s no wonder that as the summer comes into full swing many people and companies are using them for their events or as a component to their "summer project".  There are a great number of cargo containers are being converted and delivered all over the United States and world for that matter; and it’s h ...
  • In southeast Portland, OR, one creative entrepreneur has taken a unique approach to the construction of his drive through/walk up restaurant. He's chose to create the entire restaurant structure out of a used cargo container. Working with architects and structural engineers, Kurt Lance purchased the used cargo container for $2500 and performed all of the modifications required for his Mexican res ...
  • Having a shipping container delivered can be a quick process, provided that you are prepared. ContainerAuction.com has relationships with both delivery drivers across the country, and the service uShip.com to help arrange convenient, affordable delivery of your cargo container. Prior to arranging the delivery of a cargo container there are a few things that you should consider. First, wh ...
  • Three and one half cargo containers that entered the world intended for international shipping have been given a new lease on life as a mountain retreat in the hills near Santa Cruise, California. The high cube cargo containers, cut into sections to make them easier to navigate through the mountain roads, have been assembled to form a beautiful 1,200 square foot, two story house. The house has ...
  • When you convert a shipping container into a storage unit, workshop, home, and other structure that you need to move in and out of on a regular basis; it may be more convenient to install a man door in your shipping container than to use the factory steel doors on either end of the unit. A frame door is smaller, lighter weight, and easier to manage than the traditional swinging doors of a shipping ...
  • The price of used shipping containers tends to fluctuate on a somewhat regular basis. The prices are tied to available inventory, production costs, location, and most certainly condition. However, when you're starting to shop for a used shipping container you'll want to consider the following things   1. Will you need the container to be delivered to you? If so, this will add to the total c ...
  • Used shipping containers that are being converted into storage units, housing projects, or even hydroponic farm boxes will typically need some attention before they are habitable for their new purpose in life. Giving your shipping container a small amount of maintenance and upkeep can extend the life of the container and insure that everything you put inside is clean, secure, and free from any ...
  • “I can see shipping containers stacked three high for miles, with all this surplus I should be able to find a container for a cheap price!” On a fairly regular basis we receive a phone call or email looking for a inexpensive shipping container and stating something similar to this phrase, and we have the unfortunate job of explaining to the client that this isn’t the case. Yes ...
  • Long Beach, California, the world’s second busiest port, is home to an innovative shipping container conversion project. In a busy port town seeing shipping containers is nothing new to local residents.  However, there is a proposal for 65 recycled shipping containers that could give pause to locals passing by. The proposed building would be the Environmental Center of Regenerative Res ...
  • Hotels made from shipping containers will provide additional housing space for the queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has a lot of people excited for the celebration, and people from around the world will be traveling to the United Kingdom to help the Queen celebrate her 60 years on the throne. One consequence of the increased volume of travellers is the seve ...
  • Container homes have always been considered environmentally friendly and an innovative way to build a house, and Studio  H:T has taken the concept one step farther. Completed in 2010, the 1,517 square foot container home in Nederland, Colorado is a two story living space book ended by two shipping containers.  Designed to incorporate the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain, the home is desi ...
  • If you’re buying a shipping or storage container it’s best to first search in your local area. If you live in, or near a large city or a port area you can find a container quickly and inexpensively.  However, if you live in a rural area finding a shipping container may be slightly more challenging. Shipping containers are an important component to international trade because they ...
  • You might think you’ve found the best bargain on a used shipping container, only to find one someplace else for a cheaper price. While on the surface, it may seem like a better deal, there are several important factors that impact the price of a shipping or storage container: location, condition, and delivery costs. Location plays a key part in the price of any container, whether new or ...
  • ContainerAuction.com is a high volume marketplace where you can find new and used shipping containers for sale.  Shipping containers are an ideal solution for storing anything that you need to stay secure and dry. ContainerAuction.com helps buyers to find containers in all 50 states and around the world.  If you are interested in buying a container please contact any of our sellers, or our ...
  • We've previously highlighted the innovative shopping mall constructed of used shipping containers, BoxPark, located in the Shoreditch section of London, UK, Keetwonen student housing in Amsterdam, and Starbuck's coffee in a can store; this time we'd like to turn your attention to the mobile entertainment facility, Puma City. Puma City was designed by LOT-EK, an innovative design firm based in N ...
  • Every day, countless people begin the process of buying a shipping container. Many people are buying them to convert into storage units, others are planning to use them to help with moving or relocating, and even a few are even converting containers to housing or similar projects. It’s important to do your homework before buying a container, and it always helps to see out the advice ...
  • Are you confused about the difference between a portable storage container and a shipping or cargo container? There's no need to be embarrassed, many people are.  Unless you're working with containers on a daily basis, or have done extensive research it can be confusing at first.  The primary source of confusion is the similarity of the names, both shipping container and portable storage con ...
  • Container housing is growing in popularity around the world, and as acceptance grows and home design innovation becomes more mainstream this trend will only continue.  Modular and container housing is an efficient, cost effective, and ecologically friendly way to build a home.  One of the latest container home projects to make a make is “Maison Container Life”. Maison Container ...
  • Storage, whether it’s mobile, onsite, or off site, is something that a company or individual can spend a lot of money on.  Even more so if your product is something that needs to be stored in controlled conditions.  For medical suppliers, distributors, caterers, and many other types of business, refrigerated storage is the only way to keep their products from spoiling.  Some busines ...
  • Shipping container flooring has seen various changes over the years, and the type of flooring can depend on the type of container or the company that originally had the container built.  If you’re plans are to purchase a container for intermodal shipping or to use as a mobile storage unit, you may not need to be overly concerned with the flooring material and structure.  If you plan to ...
  • Online Shipping container trading software is now available through ContainerAuction.com.  Large or small volume container buyers and sellers can leverage the market leading platform designed specifically for new and used shipping containers.  ContainerAuction.com’s web desktop "Trader" platform gives sellers the ability to control their audience, communicate directly with potential b ...
  • We have quite a few posts about container housing and modifications, and the great uses of containers around the world; so after a few recommendations we decided to pick up a copy of "Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture". Even if you don't have the time to read the history of each project, it makes a great coffee table book and conversation starter. Container Atlas ...
  • Countless professions around the world can, and do, benefit from mobile offices. Primarily, these mobile offices are mostly visible in the construction sites or in sales offices. However, they are increasingly being used in administrative blocks, and similar places. Mobile office and storage is widely used nowadays. What many people don’t realize is that these units are actually portable sto ...
  • Shipping containers are used by businesses all over the globe to safely transport and store goods of all shapes and sizes. When you or your company needs to purchase a shipping container, it’s important to consider whether you should buy a new or used cargo container.  The decision between new or used containers often comes down to how many containers you want and how quickly you n ...
  • Starbucks has taken an interesting step to expand the life cycle of shipping containers.  Previously, Starbucks only used cargo containers to ship their coffee and other items around the world.  However, In Tukwila, Washington they’ve taken an interesting approach to constructing a new walk up/drive through location by building it out of modified shipping containers. The new, one of ...
  • Student housing, at least in the United States, is rarely portrayed as glamorous and fashionable. There tends to be limited privacy, noise, and shared common areas and bathrooms. Unfortunately for students in America, Keetwonen is in Amsterdam. Build in 2006, Keetwonen is an innovative student housing project built from 1050, used 40' shipping containers. The project was so innovative that i ...
  • Boxpark, a shopping mall made from used shipping containers, is one of the world's first "popup shopping malls". Located directly at the Shoreditch High Street Tube station in London, the mall is constructed on a temporary site from 61 recycled shipping containers. The lower floor consists of 41 containers, and the remaining 20 shipping containers are on the upper floor. Almost all of the ...
  • The market for storage space is expanding and becoming more and more competitive. It seems that almost everywhere you turn, someone is interested in providing you additional storage space lately. There are many options available and it's no small task to compare them and find the solution that's best for you. While we know that each person and situation is unique, we'd put together some b ...
  • Container homes, or homes made from used shipping or cargo containers, are becoming a viable solution for low cost housing. Not only is this type of housing affordable and quick to build, it also carries environmental benefits as well. In countries that are net importers, the United States and Africa for example, there is an abundant supply of containers being sold out of container depots and ...
  • If you're considering if you should buy a shipping container, there are many things to consider. How to use it, what type of container, and where can you buy them for the best price are only a few of the things to consider. Here are a few other things to think about: Containers are environmentally friendly if you're planning to recycle them. Used cargo containers can be turned into almost anything ...
  • Portable office buildings are mobile units that primarily serve as temporary office solutions. Portable buildings are typically storage or cargo containers that can be moved or repositioned from one location to another. This type of temporary office solution is particularly handy when there is a short term need for office space. While typically used as temporary solutions; these buildings ha ...
  • Most people know that you can bid on new and used shipping containers through the auction on ContainerAuction.com, and now you can also purchase shipping containers directly through the site. On ContainerAuction.com we've added to our buying options by adding the "Marketplace" feature. Marketplace listings are available for immediate purchase, with no bidding or waiting times. These types of ...
  • Starting your move with a cargo or shipping container is one of the best ideas that you can have. Moving to a new home is often ranked as one of the most stressful events in your life, and with good reason. Finding a new home, packing and unpacking, family and pet logistics, the list goes on. Whether the move is across town, or across the country, investing in a used cargo container can make your ...
  • Dec 8, 2011 - For the first time in a decade, container leasing companies orders of shipping outpaced those of ocean lines, reported Drewry Maritime Research. Container leasing companies ordered a record number of new boxes during the first half of 2011, as the rushed to fill a surge in demand trailing a lag in production during 2009. This lag was due to carriers reallocating their cash to busines ...
  • Portable storage containers (converted shipping containers) are a great solution to a persistent problem that any business encounters when it needs to set up shop in a remote, or otherwise inaccessible location: How do I set up a fully-functional office in the middle of nowhere? People don't usually pay much attention to the idea of outdoor office workers or a portable workforce housed in ...
  • Shipping containers have a great impact on our daily lives, but what do you really know about them? They carry a large percentage of the goods that impact our daily lives, and many people work with them (both directly and indirectly) in business. Since many people don't think about containers on a regular basis, we tend to be asked questions that are often times taken for granted by industry profe ...
  • It's common knowledge that shipping containers come in different sizes, the most common being 20' and 40' containers; what many people don't think about is that there are several types of shipping containers, each designed for different uses. The history of intermodal shipping is relatively short, but in that short period of time shipping lines have been very effective at designing the most effici ...
  • There are lots of misconceptions about shipping container conversion projects. Naturally, people are reluctant to go blindly into a new project for converting a container into a home, storage unit, or work site office. As more and more containers are released into the retail consumer market, supplies are becoming more and more creative with the design, use, and applications of converted cargo co ...
  • Many customers ask about shipping contianer deliver, and while it's not a service that ContainerAuction directly provides we have helped plan and coordinate many deliveries and are willing to provide any advise or assistance that we can.Storage Container Delivery ChecklistA majority of the time shipping and storage containers are delivered by a tilt bed trailer. With this in mind, before you s ...
  • Shipping containers are generally active in the world of intermodal transportation and logistics. Cargo containers allow for our daily goods to be imported and exported to different areas of the world with a great deal of effeciency, providing both financial and energy savings. If not for these containers you probably would not have gotten many of the products that you've come to rely on i ...
  • When you shop for a new or used shipping container you will undoubtably find a variety of prices available. It is easy to buy the first cheap storage container you find, but you must also consider what goes into shipping containers prices in order to determine if that great deal is really as good as it seems. The most common variables that impact the price of a shipping container are: Size, Avai ...
  • Concrete slab foundations for your container project are the largest, and most expensive type of foundation that you can build. For many types of projects concrete footings or wooden beam footings are suitable, and due to cost and the amount of time involved there are few situations when you would need to create a container foundation this large. The variable that has the greatest impact on cost ...
  • Concrete footing are another option for the foundation for your used shipping container. Building concrete footings are more complex and involved than the wooden beam option, but if you're planning on keeping your container in one place for a long period of time it may be worth the investment. Materials Needed: Premix Concrete - total amount depends on your geographic area Loose stone or gra ...
  • Once you've decided to purchase a shipping container and convert it into a storage unit, it's important to decide where it's going to be placed. A solid foundation for your container isn't an absolute requirement for your container; however along with making keeping it stable and square, it can greatly reduce your storage units exposure to moisture and the corrosion that follows. Depending on you ...
  • It's very common for a person buying a used shipping container to request to have a door installed. The first question volleyed back is, "What type of door do you need?" Invariable, the response is always "What are my choices?" The most common types of doors installed on shipping or storage containers are roll up doors, and standard "man doors". Depending on what you intend to move in and out of ...
  • One of the most popular containers searched for on ContainerAuction.com are refrigerated containers, or 'reefers'. The questions that we receive have all been fairly consistent, so we decided to write an overview of reefer containers and some facts and uses of them. Just as the name implies, refrigerated containers are capable of keeping goods cool, but they don't stop there. Reefer contai ...
  • One of the most useful, and used, features on ContainerAuction.com is the saved "search/alert function". If you regularly find yourself searching for containers in the one geographic region, all registered users are able to schedule alerts and save searches on based on specific parameters. What is an alert? Once a day, around 23:30-23:59 GMT, we run a query based on your parameters. If we find a ...
  • Shipping containers are sold into the 'retail' market for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons that shipping lines and leasing companies sell containers are that the used container is at an inconvenient location and it would be expensive to 'reposition' the empty containers into a more accessible port or depot, the container may have reached the end of it's useful life and, while it ...
  • Many of the used shipping containers sold through in the US are purchased by the retail consumer, and by retail consumer we mean the end user that will deploy the container for a purpose other than shipping. Shipping container modifications make it possible to convert a conventional ISO storage container into a portable storage unit, off-site office space, on an oil/gas or construction jobsi ...
  • Finding new and used shipping containers for sale can be difficult, and there are few places that aggregate information from any number of sellers.  This leaves buyer to fill out multiple forms, wait for responses, and compare the shipping containers and offers from multiple sellers.  This method can be confusing and inefficient.  To help streamline the process and reduce the confusio ...
  • The ContainerAuction.com system was custom designed to be a comprehensive and intuitive tool for both container buyers and sellers. As we developed the system we worked closely with traders, leasing companies, and shipping lines to provide quick access to the most relevant information. Once your account is approved you'll have full access to a wide array of tools built to help you better manage yo ...
  • Buying new or used shipping containers online may be a first time experience for many people, however it's very similar to other auction or ecommerce purchases that most people are familiar and comfortable with. The process of buying a shipping container begins with deciding what you need the container for, and what type of container you'll need. Will you be using the container for international ...
  • A common question that we receive on ContainerAuction is "what happens after I've purchased a container? How much does it cost to move it, and can you recommend anyone?" Let's assume that you've already purchased a container through either the "buy now" option or bidding and have remitted payment. The next step in the process is to get the release code. The release code is given by the seller ...
  • The easiest way to learn about a container listing before you make an offer or purchase the listing is to contact the seller directly. While many listings contain all of the relevant information that you'll need to make an informed decision, there are always questions that are unique to each specific buyer. On the ContainerAuction.com site our goal is to provide an intuitive experience that puts a ...
  • Prices for used 20' and 40' dry containers in the US have shown signs of softening, according to sales data on ContainerAuction.com. At the halfway point in August, prices of 20 dry containers have fallen by 6% to an average of $2890, while 40' drys have remained almost steady at an average price of $3690. Mixed market signs were reported in July's edition of 'Container Trade Watch'. "A significa ...
  • Many people interested in buying shipping containers don't live in the main areas where containers are containers are located. This can make finding new or used shipping containers outside of a depot or storage site difficult; especially since not everyone is aware of the closest depot to them, especially retail buyers. For example, a buyer living in Riverside, CA interested in a purchasing ...
  • Buying new and used shipping containers with ContainerAuction.com is a clear, straightforward process.We've worked together with both container buyers and the people directly involved with selling them to create an online marketplace that provides the most relevant information in a way that everyone, from the casual buyer to industry expert, can understand quickly and use to make informed purchasi ...
  • Marketing new and used shipping containers online may not be as difficult as you think.  ContainerAuction.com has worked closely with experts in shipping, container leasing, and trading, to develop a complete solution for managing the online sales and marketing process of new and used shipping containers.  The auction engine provides No/low costs, no restrictions, and direct contact with the buy ...
  • 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 ch ...
  • ContainerAuction.com has launched a new version of their popular shipping container trading platform.  ContainerAuction 2.0 features enhanced searching and navigation methods, intuitive alerts and notifications, and a complete redesign that makes buying a shipping container easier than ever before.Buying new or used shipping containers is easier than ever.  On ContainerAuction.com you can begin ...
  • ContainerAuction.com has recently completed the development of an online trading platform for the global shipping container market. The platform has been designed specifically for both the primary and secondary shipping container markets, and is equipped to serve all clients ranging from container manufacturers, shipping and container leasing companies, to traders and end users. The platform ...
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