How to Prepare your Delivery Site


How should we load your container doors…….Doors to Cabin? Or Doors to Rear?

The direction which the containers doors are loading on the truck at the container depots and terminals on route to your site is usually very important, to the containers purpose once we deliver it on your site.

Upon deciding on the perfect Shipping Container for your application, you need to assess and advise us the location you wish the truck to either lift off your shipping container (Hiab and Aside Loader), or slide the shipping Container (Tilt Tray) into place.

The staff at Container Traders will ask which way you require your containers doors loaded on the truck, Doors to Cabin (The double opening end Container Doors to be loaded on the trucks tray facing the trucks cabin), or Doors to Rear (The double opening end Container Doors to be loaded on the trucks tray facing the trucks rear).

If the Container Doors are loaded incorrectly at the depot, it can’t be easily repositioned. And often will come with a futile transport charge.

Understanding the functionality of each truck, and particularly the truck delivering your container will help you advise us which way your require the containers doors to be loaded. But if you have any queries, we are more than happy to assist.

Understand truck clearance required

Over Head           

Low handing power lines, Telephone lines, Overhead House eves and low hanging tree branches are the most common things that obstruct our highly skilled team of transport operators from delivering your container on your site safely.

Taking the time know the height requirements of the transport type, and providing the truck a clear pathway to deliver your can save you unwanted waiting time or futile transport costs.

A general rule for height is to allow minimum 4 metres access to get the truck into the location it will park to off load the container.

The truck will ideally requires 6 meters + in the final area the container will be off loaded.

This allows for the trucks tray to lift up to slide the container off (Tilt Tray), the crane arms (Hiab) to safely lift the container from the tray, or the swing arms of the aside loader to operate safely.

Access Width, and length

Trucks require a bare minimum of 3 Metres width to allow the truck to manoeuvrer into position to safely off load your container (This makes allowance for the truck body and the mirrors etc.)

Allow 11 Metres of clearance in front for the truck to obtain access to the site (for 6m containers) Semi trailers require 3 Metres width and 15 Metres in length to obtain access to a site. For unloading the

For a Semi-trailer (Side Loader Delivery) trucks, you will need to allow an area of 16 Metres in long, 6 Meters in width, and as above 6 metres in height.

The width for a side loader to off load is more than that of a tilt tray. This is because a tilt tray slides from the back (and doesn’t require too much room to the left or right of the container, whereas the side loader will need to extend the trucks support arms which extend from the side of the tray out to side of the trailer.

Containers require a flat surface to sit on. If you have any question regarding delivery types, delivery costs, or access or the terrain – just ask our experienced staff at any of our locations for some advice

Is the site for my container suitable?

Make sure the site is level. This is so important for both a safe offloading of the container from the truck mode you have requested.

Container Doors are Heavy!

The other reason it is imperative the container has a level area for placement, is the containers doors will not operate efficiently if the container is placed on an un level site.

The doors will twist and sag making the operation extremely difficult (sometimes even impossible) to open and close the container doors. (This is commonly known in the industry as Racking)

This is especially important is the container has is loaded with goods.

What is the best surface for my container to be delivered onto?

Having the container on a pad which has been slightly raised is ideal. This allows airflow/ ventilation under the shipping container, preventing moisture build up to the underside of the container and extending the life of your shipping container.

If you are unable to provide a raised hard surface for the container to be placed upon, Container Traders highly recommended you place blocks down for the 4 corners of the container to sit on.

The most commonly used method is to use treated hard wood railway sleepers from your local nursery to hardware store.

Generally purchasing 1 sleeper and cutting into 4 pieces (you only need to support the container either 20’ or 40’ from the 4 corner casts) and placing in the 4 corners the container is lay.

You can also use Concrete blocks, or car tyres to support the corners and keep your container off the ground.