So you have finally decided that a shipping container is what you need. Here comes the Round-2; how to choose the best storage or shipping container for your needs?
First of all, visit the container yard & look at some containers. Make sure you look at as many containers as possible. Even though you have made up your mind for a specific size of a container, but still it’s good to look at different sizes & types as well. This way, you’ll firm up the original decision, or perhaps you might find something of better value to suit your shipping needs. Before visiting a container yard, make sure you call ahead & make an appointment. It’s imperative to ensure that the supplier has enough inventories to make this visit worthwhile.
After arriving in the yard, take a minute to review your shipping or storage requirements with the representative. Explain clearly how you are going to use the container, what the budget, and obviously the projected timing for delivery. Inevitably, it’s going to help the supplier to figure out things at his end and show you the truck that will be delivering the container. This way, you’ll get a better idea of the size of your container.
Once you are done narrowing down your choices to one or two containers that you are seriously considering, it’s time to re-inspect those containers with a lot more detail. Here’re a few important things you need to check. So let’s dive in;
Check Exterior Walls
Just inspect the container thoroughly by simply walking around and looking for wall cuts. Minor cuts at the bottom are hard to catch, especially the ones from inside. So make sure you look for the old improper patches that might turn up a big problem in future. It’s crucial to look for streaking rust, which is often caused by roof/top rail damage. Also, check that walls are straight and not pushed in or out excessively and don’t forget to do the same for bottom & top rails.
Inspect Under Carriage
Normally, it’s not necessary to look at the undercarriage. In case you want to, just ask, and it won’t take much time to see that all the understructure is well protected and in good shape from the future potential of rusting. Honestly, it’s crucial to ensure longevity since you need to make the most out of it.
Don’t Miss Out Roof
First of all, you might think that it can be difficult to inspect the container roof. But honestly, that’s not the case. Most of the yards have a safe way for a container roof inspection. You really don’t have to walk up there. Just inspect for the rust buildup, especially from the corner fitting. These areas tend to have the dents that inevitably allow for water pooling and consequently the rust buildup.
Doors are MUST
Here comes another critical step that you can’t skip. You must confirm that lock rods are straight and can freely swing. While inspecting, make sure you don’t let the sales representative operate the door for you and don’t it yourself. This way, you can figure out how much effort is required.
The door has got the 2 gaskets; the outer one seals against the outer surface of the header and doorposts and the inside one seals against the inner edge of these surfaces. Make sure you confirm that the gaskets seal perfectly and are not broken or damaged in a way that may allow water into the cargo container thereby damaging the consignment.
InteriorShould be OKAY
The floor of the container is made of thick plywood, which is secured to the steel understructure. So make sure you look for the soft spots, broken sections and loose joints. Keep in mind! All the shipping containers have odors. So be sure you are OK with what you smell! Slight dents & scrapes are normal. But make sure to check if there are potential areas that may leak or any dirt/grease that’ll transfer to the contents you plan to store or ship.