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5 elements to take into consideration before buying a shipping container

Many questions arise when the possibility of purchasing a shipping container is considered. At Conterm, we have listed 5 key elements to take into consideration in order to make an informed decision that properly meets your container needs.


The first element to take into consideration when thinking about purchasing a container is its size. Depending on your needs, you will have to choose from different sizes and formats. At Conterm, we offer standard steel-made containers, that can range from 10 feet to 40 feet. Their capacity ranges from 24,910 lb to 59,040 lb. But we also offer a 40 feet non-standard steel-made format named High Cube, which interior height is different from that of standard containers. A bigger size is especially beneficial for unforeseen events and additional space needs. In a nutshell, we can accommodante every need. Learn more about the different shipping containers dimensions, measurements and weights.

New or used?

You also need to ask yourself if you would rather buy a new or a used metal container. The former will obviously be in mint condition, but it may also be more expensive than a used container of a bigger size. Used containers are usually in good condition and less expensive than new containers, but their appearance will not be as immaculate as that of the latter. Your choice between a new container and a used container will then depend on the way in which you intend to use it: if you intend on exposing it, then a new container would be best, but if you want to use it as a storage space, then a used container will do the job just fine.

Delivery or pick-up?

Another important question is the one regarding the method of acquisition, namely delivery or pick-up. At Conterm, we offer both options. If you choose the delivery option, we will make sure that you receive your container on time and that it is safely installed. But you can also take care of the acquisition by yourself, if you have the means and the wish to do so.

Required or desired modifications

Another thing you need to consider before purchasing your container is the ways in which you want it modified, if that is the case. At Conterm, we can customize your container according to your requirements, by adding to it sections, doors, windows, electricity, plumbing, and more. For example, we can transform a simple shipping container into a sales or information booth, an event box office, an outdoor concert stage, a waterproof and secured storage space, a mobile office, a restroom, a pop-up restaurant or even into a tailored structure made to accommodate your needs by overlaying containers on top of each other, or by placing them side by side and by removing their partitions as to create an installation of any desired length. Discover various ways you can customize your shipping containers.

Expected duration of use

Finally, you will also need to look into how long you plan to use your container. For long term usage, it is more beneficial to purchase your container. However, you should know that you can also simply rent your container. This option is beneficial in cases where the container will only be used for a short period of time.

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Of course, there are no right or wrong answers to these questions; the right answers are the ones that best fit your needs, which are unique. If you would like assistance assessing your needs in regard to these 5 elements, please contact us today. Our representatives will be happy to assist you and to answer all your questions.

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