Shipping Container Delivery – What are the Trucks & Costs Involved
Shipping Container Trucks
We use tilt trays, side loaders, flat beds and tilt tray semi’s. See below for a detailed description of each truck.
A side-loader will be approximately 4.2m in height, you need to allow for any trees or branches to be removed prior to delivery as this will stop our drivers from coming onto site. We need to allow for a minimum width of 3m entry and ensure the ground is a flat surface. The small hand cranes on the truck need approximately 6.5m height when unloading your container. It is also a good idea to confirm the weather and the grounds prior to delivery as the drivers will ascertain if the grounds are too wet and are of a risk to being bogged, they may turn the vehicle around to avoid any major damages to the truck! A side-loader can only be offloaded from the driver’s side of the truck, so make sure you know which way the container doors need to be loaded at the depot to ensure delivery is done right the first time.
A tilt tray offloads your container from the rear of the truck. Tilting the tray upwards and sliding the Shipping Container from the rear of the vehicle, the ground will need to be a flat surface. 3m, 6m and 12m Shipping Containers can be delivered using a tilt tray to any location across Australia. When the driver loads the container, it is important that you ensure you have told your Container Traders team member which way the container doors will need to face when our forklift operator loads the container on the truck. You will need a width of 3m minimum for the entry of the vehicle on your property to be safely accessed and ensure no damage will incur on the truck. We will need a entry height of 4.8m and a ground length of 12m for delivery of a 3m or 6m Shipping Container.
Available for the delivery of a 6m Shipping Container, a hi-ab truck has a small hand crane with the capability of offloading the container off the full degrees of the truck. Assisting in lifting over small fencing, walls and areas in residential locations which prove difficult for a normal tilt truck, the arm extends and lift the Shipping Container from any angle of the truck. Most Hi-ab cranes have a maximum weight of 6 tonnes, so this is something to keep in mind if you are looking to relocate your Shipping Container once is it loaded with your goods. You will need approximately 4.2m in height to allow for this type of truck, so ensure all power lines, trees and branches are removed prior to delivery taking place.
HOW DO I GET SHIPPING CONTAINERS DELIVERED?
Once our team find the perfect container for your requirements, the next step of Container Traders service is having our friendly team assist you in assessing the most appropriate, efficient, cost effective and safest mode of transport for your site.
WHAT TYPE OF SURFACE IS BEST FOR A SHIPPING CONTAINER TO SIT ON?
Level surface is paramount. To safely deliver a container with any type of truck we require level access and a safe, level area to lay the container down. The surface needs to be firm. Concrete, and hard stand are best, but gravel and blue rock are fine assuming they are level.
We are able to deliver containers on grass, but only if the grass is shortened and area is really dry and firm. When placing a container on grass we strongly recommended the use of small treated timber blocks, besser blocks and even used rubber tyres.
I CAN PICK UP THE CONTAINER USING MY OWN TRUCK, HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Well its easy! When you speak to your Container Traders team member, let them know you have organised your own transport. We will email you along with your Invoice all the details you need to know for booking with Container Chain, which is a system in place for most Shipping Container Depots to book in a suitable time slot for the pickup of your Shipping Container. There is a small surcharge when you book via container chain, and all you need is your registration details and the drivers information then you are good to go! There are a few depots in Australia that don’t have Container Chain, so our team will tell you the Depot details, and that it is a good idea to give the yard a call prior to arrival to avoid any delays or lengthy waiting times.
DOES IT MATTER HOW THE DOUBLE DOORS ARE LOADED?
Yes. When the container is being loaded at the Shipping Container Depot, it is important that you have specified to the Container Traders team if you would like the forklift driver to load the Shipping Container to the FRONT (CABIN) or the REAR of the truck. I.e.. If your Shipping Container is delivered on a tilt tray, and you are unloading the unit which will have one end facing a wall, you would inform us that you need the Double Container Doors facing the CABIN or FRONT of the truck, so when the driver offloads the unit by sliding the container off the back of the truck he will then drive forward leaving the end wall facing your brick wall, and the double doors easily accessible for you when you need.
We believe in supporting local business and it is for this reason that we sub contract all of our container deliveries out to local transport operators. This results in us always having the local area knowledge when delivering containers and allows us to stay personally connected with our customers and their communities.