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3 Ways to Transport Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are BIG. They hold major cargo and are built to last, so getting a shipping container delivered is a likewise BIG task. Weight can range depending on the shipping container sizes, but they weigh anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 pounds empty. They can also be difficult to transport if you don’t have the right equipment or tools. At Quality Containers, we prioritize top flight customer service, and seamless delivery is part of that goal. There are a couple different ways to transport or move your shipping container, no matter how far it needs to go.

Trucks

Using a truck is the most obvious form of transportation used to move shipping containers. Think about how many shipping containers you see on trucks while on the highway. They are one of the primary forms of transportation to move these huge containers across the globe, right behind cargo ships. They are helpful in delivering your container and making sure it gets to your destination without damage or problems.

Forklifts or cranes

Forklifts and cranes are the preferred method for short-distance relocation. If you’re just moving your shipping container around on one property, this is what you’ll need. Forklifts can easily stack and move shipping containers where they need to be, and are convenient when you are looking to move several containers around. This is especially helpful if you are stacking shipping containers to build a home or construct a shed.

Cranes can grab your container to place it wherever it needs to be. After all, you can’t move the steel box by yourself.

Third-party Transporters

A specialized tilt back trailer is one of the ways we transport containers. This trailer allows the driver to offload the container on your property and slide it into place. Deliveries occur through third party transporters ; Quality Containers connects customers with them to ensure quality service. Using our delivery services answers all the questions you may have about using a third party transporter. We provide you with professional, reliable, and insured drivers who specialize in shipping container deliveries.

Contact us today so we can set you up with our friendly and knowledgeable drivers to deliver your container. Order your next shipping container with us and we’ll take care of all the details to arrange your shipment.

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7 Ways People Are Repurposing Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are great for storage, but many have been creatively repurposing shipping containers with other ideas in mind. They are being repurposed to create houses, playgrounds, hotels, and many more due to their durability and affordability. Here are how others are thinking outside the box and transforming their steel boxes:

Housing

Building homes from shipping containers is becoming increasingly popular due to container durability, cost, and building efficiency. Modern architects have gotten creative when it comes to designing for life inside the box. From beach houses to portable homes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to constructing a custom shipping container space. Shipping containers are a sustainable way to create some space in your backyard with guesthouses as well as patios or decks to get some sun and fresh air. It is an inexpensive way to create space for family and friends, and to do something unique with your home.

Emergency shelters and affordable housing projects

Shipping containers can be built to provide underground shelters, which is ideal for emergency situations. More of these underground shelters are emerging as well as affordable housing projects. They create an affordable shelter space that can be used to help others in need – not solely for emergency situations.

Businesses

Several businesses have taken to the steel box to open retail shops, restaurants and bars, malls, and office space. Some businesses are creating portable spaces and recycle shipping containers further in building their tables and chairs with them – talk about sustainability! Some well-known businesses, such as Starbucks and Taco Bell, have also shipping containers to create restaurant space and drive -thru’s.

Swimming pools

Shipping containers are the perfect size to create a splash in your backyard. People are using them to build in-ground or aboveground pools to cool off during the summer months with the whole family.

Barns

People have been thinking outside of the box when it comes to expressing creativity with shipping containers. They are becoming more popular in agricultural uses as well and some have created barns because of the added safety of steel shipping containers. All that hay around a barn is a fire hazard, but luckily, steel isn’t.

Playgrounds

Sustainability reaches even further with entertainment for the kids. Many parks and playground are popping up in areas to keep kids active and busy. Shipping containers have also been used to create treehouses or playhouses so the kids have their own space in the backyard.

Hotels

Some shipping container hotels have made an appearance – Uxbridge in Hong Kong is one example. Building with these boxes is convenient due to their stacking ability. It’s almost like playing a game of Tetris to create a custom space with shipping containers.

Shipping containers are a great tool to build with and it’s easy to get creative with the growing supply of inspiration out there. Contact us to buy your next container and we’ll do everything to get you the container you need – guaranteed.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Shipping Container

Shipping containers are the best way to transport large shipments globally, but they’re also now used to build small-scale construction projects like homes and shops. There are several important things you need to consider before purchasing a shipping container including shipping details, costs, and delivery.

Multi-Purpose

Shipping containers are not just used for transporting materials across the globe. They can be used to construct and build homes, shops or businesses, outdoor bars or venues, garages, cabins, and many more creative ways. You can use them for various projects due to their shape and size. Shipping containers are a multi-purpose tool useful for homeowners, business owners, customized projects, and anyone looking to store or ship large amounts of cargo.

Storage, Size, and Quantity

What are you using your shipping container for? Are you using it for storage or building purposes, and where are you transporting it? You must consider the load you are storing in the shipping container and the types of things you will put in it. Certain objects or items must be packed with special care in order to preserve them. These items can include, but are not limited to liquor, jewelry, food, open bottles, flammable containers, spray cans, and any important documents or paperwork.

You will also need to consider what size shipping container you will need for your project. How much are you putting in the container? A 20’ shipping container may be ideal for you if you are using it for storage or shipping. If you are transporting or storing larger items, such as home furnishings, a bigger shipping container may work better for you.

If you are building a custom home and modifying a shipping container or several, a 40’ container would be better for you. This bigger container would be ideal for a two-bedroom home and perfect for constructing a home for your family. If you are building a residence with three or more bedrooms you may need more than one container or a bigger size.

40’ storage containers can fit a car or truck inside them, which is ideal for shipping your vehicle or storing it. Shipping containers can also be transformed into garages to store your vehicle. You will have to decide the amount you are storing, the size of the container you will need, and how many.

Advantages

Shipping containers have several advantages regardless of what will you use them for. They are difficult to break into and will keep your materials secure. No one would be able to walk away with your container, as they are made of steel and quite large. You will also be participating in sustainable practices because shipping containers are reused.

Costs

Shipping container cost varies and prices increase with size. You need to make sure you can afford to buy the container and have a deposit and agreement ready with the company you are ordering from and shipping with. Most shipping companies offer an extensive selection of payment, but it is up to you to determine the most practical way to pay for this.

Time and Planning

Once you have decided which shipping container is right for you, you will need to figure out which shipping company you will use. Whether you are using your container for shipping your belongings or for customization and building, time is important in this part of the process.

You will need to make sure you have all the documents, paperwork, and necessary permits in order. There are specific details needed for the verification process of your delivery, including your social safety amount for the transportation of your container. The container transport cannot be authorized until you provide this amount and your shipping and delivery carrier will need this information as soon as possible. You will also need to choose a delivery day for your shipment. Time is especially important in this case if you are shipping overseas, but also key for local deliveries.

Keep in mind shipping times if you are trying to stick to a time sensitive plan. Standard shipping may take at least 7 business days, and you may be waiting over than a week for your container. Consider the time you order your container if you are looking to make quicker progress with its arrival. You will need to think ahead in order to adhere your plans.

If you’re considering purchasing a shipping container in the future, get in touch with our team to see how we can help you accomplish your goals.

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