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Understanding Shipping Container Grades/Conditions

Understanding Shipping Container Grades/Conditions

There are a few cargo container industry terms to describe what the condition of a shipping container is in. E & S Equipment believes it’s very important to educate our customers on the different grades of containers.  Customers need to know what kinds of containers companies offer for sale and customers should also be clear as to what type of container to expect at time of delivery. 
New 40' Shipping Container

NEW 1-TRIP SHIPPING CONTAINERS

After manufacture overseas, containers are shipped around the world to an array of shipping lines that use containers over a leased period of time to ship cargo.  When these new containers are shipped it is cost effective for the manufacturer and the country of origin to load the containers with cargo before heading to their respective destinations.  By doing this the cargo helps pay for the shipping costs of these containers.  These brand new containers are noted as “1-Trip” Shipping Containers as they’ve made one sailing and most likely carried 1 load of cargo on its maiden voyage. 

IICL Shipping Container

IICL CONTAINERS

This grade of shipping container is a used container, in most cases 10 years old or newer and hasn’t had much use or wear and tear.  Very minimal rust is also a trait of an IICL Shipping Container.

Cargo Worthy Shipping Container

CARGO WORTHY SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Cargo worthy containers are normally within 10-15 years of age and have been actively used in the intermodal industry.  However just because they are used doesn’t mean they aren’t any good!  Cargo worthy containers must still meet US Coast Guard guidelines.  Which means they cannot have any holes or leaks, the marine grade plywood flooring must be in good condition, the container doors must open and close properly, the door seals and container vents must be in good condition and any dents in the shipping container cannot be more than 1.5″ deep.  There will be slightly more rust areas on cargo worthy containers than on IICl containers but even in this condition, it’s kept to a minimum.

As-Is Shipping Container

AS-IS CONTAINERS

If the name fits it….!  As-Is containers are containers that are no longer cargo worthy and can no longer sail on container vessels.  There can be holes, leaks, major dents and issues with floors and doors.  Storage containers that have been considered scrap containers and then repaired and repainted are still classified as As-Is Containers due to the fact they cannot be Coast Guard certified.

E & S Equipment inventories all grades of containers however the only time we provide As-Is containers to our customers is if they specifically ask for that type of container.  For 10+ years we’ve proudly provided good quality containers to our over 1700 customers and repeat customers and would never pass off an As-Is container as something of better quality.
In summary and in most cases, the old adage stands…you get what you pay for!  It’s good to be an educated consumer before making a storage container investment.
Bring Your Business To Your Customers!

Bring Your Business To Your Customers!

Customers can be SO creative! We are always amazed at the uses people and businesses find for our storage containers. Shipping containers aren’t just for storage anymore, and they’re not just used to ship cargo worldwide. Containers can house workshops, kennels and kilns, be a substitute for greenhouses, portable offices, and brick/mortar restaurants and are currently the rage for tiny container homes!

E&S Equipment Storage ContainersOne of the most innovative customers we’ve had recently was a fireworks entrepreneur. Instead of having one permanent location in which to sell fireworks, he created a mobile fireworks storefront and he brought his business TO his customers! He purchased an open side container from us and did some minor storefront modifications. It’s remarkable the ingenuity people have!

The saying goes, “think outside the box”. In the shipping container world, we say “think INSIDE the box” because it truly is what’s inside that counts!

Shipping Containers for Auto Parts Storage

Shipping Containers for Auto Parts Storage

Shipping/Storage Container Shelves
One of the industries that has found great uses for shipping containers is the Auto Sales & Parts industry.  As auto dealerships grow and/or take on other brands at their location, the need for storage space, particularly the parts department, increases. Tire shops have also found storage containers to be useful as an inexpensive and convenient way to increase their warehouse space for tire inventory.

Shipping Containers, aka Conex Boxes, offer dry and secure space to store auto and truck parts of all shapes and sizes. With doors that lock, and corten steel construction, shipping containers are practically theft proof.  At the same time these containers offer the necessary storage to keep items high and dry and safe from storms and the elements.

E & S Equipment can freshen up the look of containers w/ custom paint and even business logos. This way your outdoor storage solution compliments your existing showroom, shop and/or warehouse.

So if you’ve got valuables to store and have outgrown the four walls around your brick & mortar store or garage, consider shipping containers as an inexpensive asset to add to your growing business.

Sale on 20′ cargo worthy storage/shipping containers

Sale on 20′ cargo worthy storage/shipping containers

So we are having a little sale on 20′ cargo worthy storage containers. Too much inventory and just in time for the holiday! Please call our sales department at 800-995-2417, ext. #1 and ask for the FALL DISCOUNT SPECIAL on 20′ containers. This sale is going on through November 15, 2017! Reserve yours today!

Professional Storage and Shipping Container Delivery – ALL THE TIME!

Professional Storage and Shipping Container Delivery – ALL THE TIME!

So many clients have said that they’ve heard horror stories when it comes to other companies delivering 20′, 40′ and 45′ storage and shipping containers. We don’t use TREES and chains to unload our containers at your site. We don’t use the reverse/brake maneuver that literally throws your shipping container off the back end of the trailer. And we don’t use 3rd party or outside transports to deliver your cargo container either. E & S Equipment Sales uses our OWN transports, our OWN drivers and we utilize a hydrolic, tilt bed trailer system for ALL our deliveries. Your storage container is placed comfortably, gently and accurately in the area you desire. Our drivers are OUR employees, not some outside contractor. It’s important to us to provide our clients with not only quality containers, but quality delivery as well.