If you are looking for a shipping container to buy, you might first consider the size you need, and costs. When transporting, are you planning to leave the shipping container there, or ship something back? What size shipping container are you looking for? Are you looking for shipping containers with dimensions of 20ft, shipping containers with dimensions of 40ft, or other? How much do you want to spend, and are you looking for a new or used container? Here are some other shipping container considerations to think about:
Shipping Containers Costs
Buy New Shipping Container
When buying a new shipping container, costs are typically about $1800-5000 USD depending on the size.
Buy Used Shipping Container
When buying a used shipping containers costs are typically about $800-2000 USD. Shipping containers are often too expensive to ship back, so they are readily available for resale in the region you leave them.
Shipping Container Maintenance
If you bought your shipping container and plan on keeping it, here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind.
Shipping container maintenance costs goes as far as the cost of parts and yours and your employee’s time. Inspection should be done on a regular basis. Inspect the walls, roof, floor and doors to see that there is no rust developing that seems concerning. Doors should be firmly attacked and close well.
Shipping containers are made of steel and they rust. One way to keep your shipping container in good shape is to keep it painted. Industrial alkalyd enamel is recommended and costs about the same price as standard paint. Paint your shipping container properly and use proper painting techniques, like removing dirt and oil and prepping the surface as you would any other prior to painting.
Rust Prevention Shipping container roofs get the most moisture and are likely to have issues first. Protect shipping container roofs by applying extra pain and cover them as needed and when applicable.
Shipping Container Repair
If you bought your shipping container and plan on keeping it, here are some maintenance repair tips to keep in mind.
Doors Do Not Shut Correctly
The most common issue with shipping containers is that the doors do not shut right. Shipping containers take a beating and doors shift during transit. The easiest fix to this is to either readjust your blocking or add a little blocking under your container. To make things easier in opening and closing shipping container doors, our leverage tool uses the principles of leverage to do the difficult work. By providing an extended area on which to grasp, with both hands, a more stable platform to manipulate the latch handle is achieved and therefore open and close shipping container doors with ease.
Seals or Lockrods Break Seals and lockrods can eventually break. Lockrods (the piece that goes the height of the door) can bend or break. These parts are replaceable.
Holes in Shipping Cntainer Holes may occur overtime in shipping containers. These are usually fixed by welding them shut. If there are larger holes, these can be fixed by cutting out the damaged sections and closing them up with corten steel. These repairs require welding and metal cutting skills.
Floor Repair Shipping container floors are made of plywood and are fairly easy to replace. Replace floors with the same thickness of wood and pattern as the original. Treat plywood with moisture preventing varnish or paint to prevent moisture from coming through.
Shipping Container Parts Prices
Shipping container parts are readily available and easy to buy. Here are parts of the shipping container that commonly need maintenance, repair and replacing.
To buy a shipping container door, replacement goes for around $300-1000.
Two door leaves are each fabricated from two vertical rolled hollow sections and 2 horizontal c section members. The frame is infilled with corrugated steel paneling.
These are normally attached to the rear corner posts each with four drop forged steel hinge blades. The blades allow 270 degree opening which allow the doors to swing back against the container side wall.
(Cargo may shift during transit. Look at the container to make sure that the doors are aligned and level, both top and bottom. In cases where the container frame is racked and the door gear will not operate correctly.)
To buy a shipping container lockbox, assembly price typically goes for around $20-200.
The lock box is a steel box welded to the right hand door which overlaps a staple welded to the left hand door. A padlock, normally type CISA type 285 66 can then be attached inside the lock box through the staple and is then protected from direct attack, hindering attempts to gain entry to the container.
3. Lockrods, cam keepers, handles
To buy a shipping container lockrod, cam and keeper assembly goes for around $60-130/set.
Each door is fitted with 2-4 vertical lock rods to enable opening, closing and locking of the doors.
At the end of each lock rod (top and bottom) is a cam welded in place which engages with knuckles, also known as cam keepers.
The action of engaging the cams to the keepers forms an anti-racking function.
(In certain cases, often unfortunately too many, contents of the shipping container may have shifted, or containers even dropped, causing shipping container doors and lockrods to warp)
The door handle rotates the lockbar to initiates the door opening process by forcing the cams out of their keepers. Each door handle has a door locking handle retainer that slides over the door handle when in locked position.
4. Rubber gaskets
To buy a shipping container gasket, parts typically go for around $30.
Rubber gaskets are fitted to the container doors during the manufacturing process and prevent water ingress.
(Door gaskets are designed to present two or more fins against the structure or adjacent door. These are generally flexible but when the gasket is damaged, they may become hard or blocked thus jamming the door closed, or preventing it being closed.)
5. ISO markings and CSC plate
ISO markings and a consolidated data plate allow worldwide intermodal transport when left in place and updated as necessary.
6. Hinge pins
To buy a shipping container hinge, pricing typically goes for about $10-15.
Of course for a door to work, you need hinges.
hinge and hinge pins
(In certain cases when doors are difficult to open, hinge pins and blade are seized due to corrosion.)
Wear and Tear
Shipping containers often take a beating, traveling around the world, being exposed to freezing conditions, and rust due to seawater or when the frost has melted. If you buy a shipping container, keep in mind the maintenance you will need for upkeep.
During the cold season, and in freezing parts of the world, our shipping container tool can benefit the opening of frozen shipping container doors in freezing conditions and hard to open or rusted containers once the winter has ended.
Injuries often occur as a result of personnel trying to open and close difficult container doors, often the result of inappropriate techniques being used to open them.
Shipping container doors are not typical doors and there are 4-5 hinges per door. The hinge pins must be lined up correctly for the doors to be free to fully open and close.
Here are some likely reasons a frozen shipping container door will not open or close. Our tool helps to address these issues.
The container frame is racked so that the door gear will not operate correctly. This may be caused by cargo shifting during transit. Look at the container to make sure that the doors are aligned and level, both top and bottom.
The hinge pins and blade are seized due to corrosion.
The door gasket has been damaged and is preventing opening. Door gaskets are designed to present two or more fins against the structure or adjacent door. These are generally flexible but when the gasket is damaged, they may become hard or blocked thus jamming the door closed, or preventing it being closed.
Water has become trapped between the doors and frozen, particularly relevant to refrigerated cargoes, or containers with moisture releasing cargoes in cold weather.
This leverage tool uses the principles of leverage to do the difficult work. By providing an extended area on which to grasp, with both hands, a more stable platform to manipulate the latch handle is achieved.
Designed to fit and extend the door latch handles on side by side doors found on the following units with the safety of the truck driver, operator, and worker foremost in mind:
This intermodal container (also known as ISO Container or Conex Box) cargo inspection tool and leverage safety bar is to aid in opening and closing side-by-side doors found within Dismountable Shipping Cargo Container Transportation Industries (Railroad, Harbor, and Trucking Industries).
Eliminates the Need for a crescent wrench, screwdriver, hammer, and crowbar which are commonly needed/used to open stuck frozen shipping container doors.