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Frequently Asked Questions

Delivery

  • How long does delivery take?

    Delivery can usually occur within 24 - 48 hours from receipt of payment. Depending on your location, delivery timeframes may vary in length.

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  • Can I store the container at the depot?

    In certain circumstances we can arrange temporary storage of your container before final delivery. Please discuss your storage requirements with us and note in most instances your container will be inaccessible during storage.

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  • What type of trucks are there?

    Depending on your location we can deliver using Tilt Tray, Side Loader, Hiab or Flat Bed.

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  • Can I choose the truck type to deliver?

    We will take every measure to cater to your preference if you have a particular truck type you would like delivering your container. Please raise your preference with us when discussing your site conditions.

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  • How will I know when my container will be delivered?

    When completing your order we will ask if you have a delivery preference and give you an indication of when we expect delivery will occur. Before delivery, our transport operator will be in contact to give you an estimated site arrival time. If you have any questions about your delivery you are able to contact us at any stage.

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  • What if I need to change the delivery time?

    Please notify us as soon as possible to reschedule your delivery. We can usually change delivery without charge if minimum 24 hours notice. 

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  • Can I organise my own pick up?

    We allow the customer to collect the container using their own arranged transport. Let us know when purchasing the container and 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 (approximately $60) when you book via container chain, and all you need is your registration details and the driver’s 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.

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  • What is doors to cabin / doors to rear?

    This is the orientation of doors when the container is placed on the truck. It is important to think of what way you want the container doors to face once unloaded. Take into consideration if the truck will need to reverse into the premise. Our helpful staff can assist you in determining the correct way the doors should face to get your desired end result.

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  • Will rain affect my delivery?

    Rain is an issue if it results in the trucks having to cross water, soft ground such as dirt roads or grass or affects the stability of your footers / container placement area.

    Please advise us as soon as possible if your area has been affected by rain that is likely to cause delivery issues.

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  • How can I avoid hard to close doors / container racking?

    The most common problem for hard to open and close doors is due to container racking. This usually happens when the front and rear of the container are sloping in opposite directions, placing a twisting force through the opposing container corners.

    A tell-tale sign of racking is a misalignment of the top or bottom of doors where they join or overlap - one door will be lower than the other when both are closed (or as close to closed as they can be).

    In this instance the corner-post beneath the low corner will need to be lifted (using a lifting tool / jack or similar) and held in position (by using a timber/steel block or similar). Usually it is only a matter of a couple of centimetres of misalignment that needs to be fixed.

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Shipping Containers

  • What are the advantages of using shipping containers?

    Shipping Containers are more than just a vehicle to shift cargo around the world, shipping containers create ideal domestic storage solutions, the strength of the structure lends itself to a multitude of alternate uses. Containers can be used for cafes, bars, workshops, homes, site offices, switchrooms and lunchrooms just to name a few.      

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  • Do shipping containers get reused?

    Shipping containers can see 30 + voyages before being retired for its secondary/ domestic life, making them one of the most reused commodities on earth. Containers typically get reused and re-purposed for a variety of commercial and domestic requirements.

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  • What are some economic benefits of repurposing a shipping container?

    Shipping containers are built to last, reusing shipping containers for alternate purposes can have a positive impact on reducing the carbon footprint. When upcycling & utilising a container to form part of a structure it can also reduce the overall cost of the project.

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  • How long will a shipping container last?

    The lifespan of a Shipping Container depends on several factors. If you’re buying a new or used containers its important the container is maintained to ensure any rust forming is treated prior to spreading and causing unwanted holes. Properly maintained containers can serve you for 30+ years.

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  • How do you repurpose a shipping container?

    Shipping Containers can be repurposed in a multitude of ways, the containers strength of manufacturing is key to its versatility. Containers can be joined together, stacked 9 high, and cut and shut to produce the space for almost any application.

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  • How are shipping containers sustainable?

    The repurposing of Shipping Containers prolongs the containers life reducing the requirement of further mining of metals. Upcycle of containers is having a positive impact on the environment.

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  • Will a shipping container withstand a cyclone/tornado?

    So long as the shipping container is properly anchored and secured it should survive a cyclone/tornado. Most of the cyclone/tornado destruction occurs a few meters above the ground, so another option if you are in a cyclonic region is to place your shipping container underground.

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  • Can you use a shipping container underground?

    Preparation is key. Containers are susceptible to underground pressures so it’s important to have additional structural support for the roof of the container. This is achieved by welding steel bars to the underside of the container roof and covering the roof with concrete.

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  • Do shipping containers make good storage?

    Yes, Shipping containers are a readymade storage solution that comes to you. When buying or hiring a container, the container can generally be delivered within a few days, meaning you will be able to securely store your goods in a dry lockable environment in the location that is most convenient to you.

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  • Are shipping containers waterproof?

    Yes, Shipping Containers that have not experience corrosion, have good door seals and a solid floor are considered wind and watertight.

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  • Do you need planning permission for a container house?

    This depends on your local jurisdiction, its critical you speak to your regions local planning authority prior to building a container house.

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  • How do you stop condensation in a shipping container?

    The best way to prevent condensation is to ventilate the container. The air circulation will assist in the prevention of condensation build up and equalise the air temperature by circulating the outside ambient temperature inside the container.

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  • What is the weight of an empty 20ft shipping container?

    An empty 20 ft containers weigh between 2200 & 2300 kg.

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  • How strong is a shipping container?

    The shipping Container is an engineering marvel. Shipping Containers are designed to be loaded with up to 30 tonnes of goods then stacked as high as nine high.

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  • Can you store a car in a shipping container?

    Yes, internally 20 ft containers are approx. 8 ft wide & 8 ft tall with a length of about 19', this is sufficient room for most family cars to be transported.

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  • What is cargo texture?

    Cargo Texture is the use of shipping container profile as a feature in a building design. Shipping Container corrugated wall panels, container framing, cargo doors, and cross members are constructed with metal and create a point of difference and provide a weathered industrial feel.

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  • How are Shipping Containers Delivered?

    Container are delivered on self-offloading trucks, there are a few differing methods utilised to deliver your container mostly dependant on the access at the delivery site. For a details description on Shipping Container delivery head over to our delivery page.

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  • What is a general-purpose Shipping Container?

    Shipping containers come in a range of sizes with 20 ft containers & 40 ft containers the most common. A general-purpose Shipping Containers is what is known as a standard heigh or 8’6 (2600mm) high container.

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  • What is a High Cube Shipping Container?

    Shipping containers come in 2 standard sizes, 8’6, being a general-purpose Shipping Container and High Cube Containers, which are 9’6 high.

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  • Who invented the Shipping Container?

    Malcolm Purcell McLean invented the Shipping Container that changed the world. Malcom was an American businessperson and transport entrepreneur who developed the modern container in the second half of the twentieth century. Now known as Containerization, Malcolm’s design significantly reduced the cost of freight transportation by eliminating the requirement for repeatedly handling individual pieces of cargo. The modern Shipping Container also improved reliability, reduced lost cargo to theft whilst cutting inventory costs by significantly reducing transit time. We tip our hat to you Malcolm.

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  • How do I tie down my goods inside the Shipping Container?

    ISO containers have lashing points along the side walls top and bottom as well as in the 4 corners of the container.

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Shipping Container Shelters

  • What can I use a shipping container shelter for?

    Shipping Container shelters can be used to create a covered and protected space between two shipping containers. The combination of the shelter and the containers provides a complete solution of secure storage and a large protected area.

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  • How are the shelters assembled?

    Shipping container shelters are traditionally constructed using two (or more) traditional shipping containers that are used to anchor a larger, fabric dome or metal shed shelter. The shelter is fastened to the roof of the containers and, depending on which size you’ve selected, can be simply bolted on or welded to the top rail securely.

    Full installation instructions for your container shelter will be provided. Constructing your Container Shelter is a process we have simplified for to ensure the fastest and easiest installation takes place on your site. Depending on the level of help you have, shipping container shelters can be set up in less than a day. If you require assistance in assembling your contianer shelter you may wish to engage a local tradesperson.

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  • Are container shelters permanent?

    Shipping container shelters are completely relocatable. Particularly when bolted rather than welded, the shelters can be easily removed and relocated to new locations as desired. Leave them in place for as long as required or relocate when needed – it’s totally up to you..

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  • Can I get accessories for the shelter?

    Yes, we have accessories for you to customise your shipping container shelter to suit your needs. You can choose for a partial end wall (for dome shelters), full end wall (for all shelters), colorbond colour selection (for rural shelters) and guttering (for rural shelters).

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  • How do I prepare to set up the shelter?

    The most important step is to ensure that your shipping containers are on a suitable level surface, with the required spacing gap to fit the container shelter. Our helpful staff can advise you of the requirements and if your shelter will require foundation anchorage or ballast weight so you can prepare your container area. 

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  • How high can shipping container shelters be?

    Using standard height shipping containers, our express range container shelter domes are up to 7 metres high. you can increase the height of shelters by having high cube shipping containers or stacking containers on top of each other. Our knowledgeable staff can advise if this is a suitable option for your selected shelter.

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