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Shipping Container Delivery

We have the transporters to suit your container and site

Container Traders has a network of trusted freight operators to complete delivery of our shipping containers to sites right across Australia. We believe in supporting local business and it is for this reason that we subcontract 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.

Once we find the perfect container for your requirements, we will work with you to assess the most appropriate, efficient, cost effective and safest mode of transport for your site. Delivery can usually be arranged within 24-48 hours of received payment.

To get peace of mind delivery, get your container from Container Traders.

Shipping Container Delivery Costs

Delivery cost is dependent on distance/time to travel and urgency

When calculating the cost for delivery our team will ask information to determine how far the container needs to travel and how quickly you require your container.

We always look for the most economical options for our customers and will seek cheaper freighting where possible, including backloads if there is not an urgency for a quick delivery date. Delivery costs will be incorporated into your quote unless you indicate you wish to pick up your shipping container directly.

Indication of delivery costs

Inner metro areas within 30km from a capital city port (approximate costs):

Tilt Tray standard 20' Delivery: from $240 + GST
Side Loader / HIAB / Super Tilt 20' and 40' Delivery: from $390 + GST

Distance based / regional delivery (approximate costs):

Tilt Tray standard 20' Delivery: from $4.50 per kilometre + GST
Side Loader / HIAB / Super Tilt 20' and 40' Delivery: from $5.90 per kilometre + GST

If you have any questions about the above information, or any concerns regarding your site, give our skilled friendly team a call on 1300 89 89 70 today.

We've got the right truck for your container and site

Delivery method is dependent on your property conditions, container type and truck availability.

Container Traders will guide you through each step of the shipping container delivery process and incorporate the cost into your quotation. We will work with you to assess the most appropriate, efficient, cost-effective and safest mode of transport for your site. For your interest, the various site delivery methods we use are outlined below.

Tilt Tray

Tilt Tray

The most used delivery method for 10’ and 20’ containers, tilt trays offload 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. 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.

Super Tilt trays can handle 40’ containers and are also used where appropriate. Tilt Trays can also carry trailers which will allow transportation of 2 x 20 foot containers in one trip.

  • Container Size

     3m / 10’ or 6m / 20’ or 12m / 40’

  • Height (when driving)

     4.6m / 15.1ft

  • Height (when unloading)

     5m / 16ft or 6m / 20ft

  • Width

     3.5m / 11.5ft

  • Length

     20m / 65ft or 40M / 131ft

Side Loader

20ft shipping container unload from side loader truck delivery from Container Traders

Side Loader

A side loader is a semi-trailer which uses a swing lift at either end of the trailer, or tray to pick up, using the containers strong robust corner casts to offload.

Container Traders usually use side loaders for 40’ shipping container deliveries or where there is limited space either in front of or behind the truck.

Side loaders are generally a more expensive delivery option than a tilt tray.

  • Shipping Container Size

     3m / 10’ or 6m / 20’ or 12m / 40’

  • Height (when driving)

     4.6m / 15.1ft

  • Height (when unloading)

     10m / 33ft

  • Width (when driving)

     3.5m / 11.5ft

  • Width (when unloading)

     6m / 20ft

  • Length

     16M / 53ft

HIAB

Hiab's are trucks fitted with a crane on either the front or the rear of the truck which allows them to pick up a container and precisely place it in spaces not usually accessible with other modes of transport.

Hiab's provide the ability to lift a container over small obstacles like low fences and can accommodate all shipping containers including 10', 20'; and 40' containers. There are however weight limits to be considered with this delivery method.

Container Traders generally opt for Tilt Tray or Side Loader delivery if possible due to the higher cost of Hiabs.

  • Container Size

     3m / 10’ or 6m / 20’ or 12m / 40’

  • Height (when driving)

     4.6m / 15.1ft

  • Height (when unloading)

     10m / 33ft

  • Width

     3.5m / 11.5ft

  • Length

     18M / 53ft

Flatbed / Semi Trailer

20ft used cargo worthy shipping container unload from crane with flatbed truck delivery from Container Traders

Flatbed / Semi Trailer

Flat bed trucks are the most readily available across Australia and can be the cheapest delivery method.

A flat bed truck requires a forklift or crane at the point of delivery to unload the shipping container from the truck.

We can arrange flat bed delivery for customers that can unload the container at the site. For longer delivery distances it may be more economical for a flat bed truck to complete the bulk of the journey, switching to a tilt try, side loader or hiab to complete the local delivery leg if a crane is not available on site. 

  • Container Size

     3m / 10’ or 6m / 20’ or 12m / 40’

  • Height (when driving)

     4.6m / 15.1ft

  • Height (when unloading)

     10m / 33ft

  • Width

     3.5m / 11.5ft

  • Length

     18M / 53ft

Getting Ready for Delivery

Clearance Levels Summary

Truck Containers Clearance Suited for
Tilt Tray 10’, 20’

Height (when driving): 4.6m / 15.1ft

Height (when unloading): 5m / 16ft

Length: 20m / 65ft

Width: 3.5m / 11.5ft

Standard deliveries

Super Tilt Tray 40'

Height (when driving): 4.6m / 15.1ft

Height (when unloading): 6m / 20ft

Length: 40m / 131ft

Width: 3.5m / 11.5ft

Non-standard deliveries that require Super Tilt (where Side Loader / HIAB is not suitable).

Flatbed / Semi-trailer 10’, 20’, 40’

Height: 4.6m / 15.1ft
Length: 24m / 79ft
Width: 3.5m / 11.5ft

Standard deliveries

where customer has

forklift/crane to unload

Side Loader 10’, 20’, 40’

Height (when driving): 4.6m / 15.1ft

Height (when unloading): 10m / 33ft

Length: 16m / 53ft

Width (when driving): 3.5m / 11.5ft

Width (when unloading) 6m / 20ft

Default for 40' and

hard to access spaces

Hiab 10’, 20’, 40'

Height (when driving): 4.6m / 15.1ft

Height (when unloading): 10m / 33ft

Length: 18m / 60ft

Width: 3.5m / 11.5ft

Hard to access / space

restricted sites / lifting

over objects

Note: for powerline obstructions at minimum of 1 metre of clearance is always required.

Container placement

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 can deliver containers on grass, but only if the grass is shortened and area is very 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.

To allow airflow and ventilation under the container a raised height of at least 5cm if recommended.

The below examples show where shipping container placement on your property may change the type of truck you may need for delivery.

Limited room in front / behind the landing pad

When there is limited space for trucks to drop a box from sliding off the rear of the tray, a Side Loader can be used to lift the box from the driver’s side of the truck and place it next to the truck location.
 

 

Angled placement or obstructions to lift over

When the shipping container needs to be placed on an angle or raised over obstructions, a HIAB can be used to lift the box utilising a crane on the truck to place the container on the landing pad.

 

Accessible space in front or behind container placement

If there is enough accessible space, a Tilt Tray can be used to place the container. In this example the client has chosen a different placement of the shipping container landing pad so that there is enough room in front of the placement for a truck to drive forward.
 

Direction of doors

It is important to think about what way the doors will be facing when unloaded, which will dictate what way the doors should face when loading onto the truck. 

Our friendly staff will assist you in determining what way the doors should face when loading. Depending on the truck type, the shipping container doors will need to be facing the driver's cabin or the rear of the truck.

Pay special consideration if you expect the truck will need to reverse in to place the container.

Side loader trucks unload from the driver's side only. This means that when placed the doors will face the same direction as the front of the truck. Doors to rear will result in the doors facing away from the front of the truck.

Tilt tray tracks can only unload in by sliding off the tray. When the doors face to the cabin, the doors touch the ground last and will face the direction that the truck is driving. Alternatively, with doors facing to rear, the doors will touch the ground first and face the opposite way to the truck driving.

HIAB trucks have a crane arm and are able to change direction of the container. It is still important to indicate doors to cabin or doors to rear in this instance to allow efficient unloading.

 

Shipping Container Delivery FAQs

  • 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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