Shipping Container Delivery
Shipping Container Delivery The Delivery Driver Needs Some Space...
If you order shipping container delivery, plan on 3-5 business days. We provide a roll-off style truck, so you wont need a forklift on your end. 1trip Container, 20' Container, 40' Container, Chassis, Container, Genset, Refurbished Container, Trailer.
In order to ensure everyone's safety, please ensure there is adequate space for delivery and you have a safe environment for the driver. All of our haulers put safety first, and if we can't safely deliver at your site we won't, but you'll still be on the hook for trucking charges. Nobody wants that, so please make safety a priority and ensure you have adequate space for delivery. The Tilt-Bed will need 40' of additional space to deliver (60' total for 20' containers) and the Roll-Off truck will need 60' of additional space (100' total for 40' containers). Please note, if we cannot safely deliver, you will still be charged for trucking.
Storage Containers: Things to Know Before Delivery
Before scheduling a storage container delivery to your site, there are a few important things you need to know. Details about permitting requirements, delivery fees, ground conditions and clearance space are all examples of information you will want to know in advance. Worst case scenario: your storage container is delivered, but then it has to be removed because you didn’t do your homework on site requirements! Scan the tips below to make sure you are prepared.
1. Do I need permission to place a shipping container on my property?
If the shipping container will be on your property for a temporary amount of time, you will need to either a) pull a temporary use permit from the city or b) do nothing at all because a permit is not required.
Most of this will depend on where your property is located (urban vs. rural) and if there are any neighborhood/local regulations. Many shipping container suppliers are familiar with the requirements for your area, so be sure to ask them ahead of time. But it is always a good idea to double check with your local authorities before scheduling delivery.
2. Is the delivery fee included in the total price?
Not usually. Most suppliers do not include the delivery fee with the total price of the portable storage unit because delivery fees vary. The fee is based on mileage: how far is your property from the storage container site?
3. How much is the delivery fee?
It depends on how far your site is from where the portable storage unit will be shipped. The less mileage between the two, the lower the delivery fee.
Most suppliers charge a flat fee for anything within a 60-mile radius, then an additional rate per mile outside of that radius. In some cases, if it is difficult to access your property by flatbed truck and trailer, you may be charged more for delivery. Be sure to confirm these details ahead of time with your supplier.
4. How soon do I need the shipping container?
Typically, shipping containers can be delivered within one week or less. But it will depend on the supplier you choose. Some suppliers can deliver as quickly as 24-72 hours from the initial order. If your need for a shipping container is time-sensitive, be sure to confirm delivery availability with the seller ahead of time. In some cases, you can pay to expedite the delivery of your shipping container if you need it as soon as possible.
5. How much clearance space do I need for delivery?
A 20-foot storage container usually requires about 75 feet of straight clearance. A 40-foot storage container will need about 100 feet of straight clearance. For most containers, you need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance.
6. What do I need to do to prep the site?
Most suppliers will let you know what kind of site prep is needed before delivering your shipping container.
Some things they will usually want to know:
How long do you plan on keeping the shipping container on your property? (There is usually more site prep required for long-term vs. short-term use).
Is the ground level, smooth and firm?
Is there a concrete pad, paved road or sturdy surface to place the shipping container on?
Is the site prone to flooding?
Can a semi-trailer truck access your property?
Most suppliers will deliver shipping containers on any of the following surfaces: asphalt, gravel, grass, earth, or concrete. If the ground is soft or unstable, you may want to consider supporting the shipping container with a concrete footing, railroad ties, asphalt or a bed of gravel so that the weight is evenly distributed to prevent movement.
7. Are there specific instructions the driver should know before delivery?
There are situations when it is helpful to provide the driver with specific instructions about your property and storage container placement to ensure a smooth delivery. For example, if you have a single entry unit and you want the entrance/doors to face a certain direction on the property, it is helpful to let the driver know that ahead of time so they can load the portable storage unit appropriately. In many urban areas, drivers have to navigate through narrow entrances or roads where it is difficult to turn the storage container around once it has been loaded on the flatbed trailer.
Want more information on purchasing a storage container?
Learn storage container terminology and important buyer information.
What are storage containers made of?
A shipping container is made of corrugated weathering steel. Corrugated describes the way the steel has been hot-dipped, then cold-rolled to produce a linear pattern across the container. This pattern increases the strength of the steel. Weathering describes the specific chemical make-up of the steel. Weathered steel is more resistant to weather damage and corrosion compared to other types of steel. Storage containers are designed to hold up under harsh weather, shipment and storage conditions.
How long does a storage container last?
The shelf life of a new shipping container that is used purely for storage is around 20 years. In the shipping industry, containers are used for 10 years before having to be re-inspected.
How do I pay?
Most suppliers accept cash, check or credit card. For purchases, your credit usually has to be approved prior to receiving an invoice for the total sales price, including delivery and sales tax. Most suppliers require payment in full and at a minimum, a one-month, open-ended contract. These options vary according to the supplier. Be sure to confirm payment options in advance.
Make Sure the Doors are Level
The most common issue after delivery is that the doors don't open and close easily. Even though containers are all steel, if they are on uneven surfaces or loaded heavy to one side, they can twist just slightly enough for the doors not to line up properly and be very difficult to open and close. The best solution is to place wood blocks under the door frame (and ideally the length of the container). This will ensure your doors line up properly and open/close smoothly.
Keep Your Container Out of Water
In order to support heavy loads while in transit, intermodal shipping containers have steel cross-members underneath the wood floors. The cross-members are strong enough to withstand some rust, but if you set your container directly on top of an area where water will pool after a storm that steel underneath the floor with eventually fail. Leaving you with a softening floor after only a few years on the ground. Please make sure to keep your cross-members out of water by having wood blocks, railroad ties, etc. ready for the driver at delivery.
More About the Guarantee
Every container is guaranteed to have doors that seal properly, floors free of holes, and to be free of any leaks. All used equipment is likely to have some surface rust, dings/dents, and other cosmetic issues. On the rare occasion that a container arrives that does not meet the guarantee, we'll either replace it within five (5) business days or pay for repairs on site (guarantee does not cover contents, or damage caused by customer and only the structural integrity of the container, customer should inspect the container for leaks upon delivery).
Because neither World Moving & Storage Containers Consulting nor the intermodal equipment provider sees the container, we cannot guarantee color or cosmetic condition. For customers where appearance is important we recommend purchasing one trip containers or painting their container after it arrives. We do our best to set expectations, and recommend you take a look at our sample photos before you buy. If we didn't meet your expectations at all, we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee (less trucking charges). If you have any questions about how the guarantee works, please feel free to reach out to us. We're always happy to help.
What do I look for when physically inspecting the container?
It is important to physically inspect the container in person (or hire someone to do it for you) before signing a contract. Some ways to do this:
Walk inside the container and close the door during daylight hours.
Look for holes. Light will shine through even the smallest of holes.
Look for dents or rust damage.
Note the condition of the flooring, doors and locking mechanism.
Find out if the container has been chemically treated.
Get on the roof and walk around, looking for dents, rust or holes.
If you cannot inspect the container yourself, be sure to request pictures from the supplier. Ask for pictures from all angles and sides of the container, including the doors/locking mechanism, roof, floor and interior. Be sure to clarify that you are getting pictures of the actual container you will be renting/buying, not a container “just like” the one you will be buying.
Ready to Shop?
If you are interested in renting or buying a container from a local supplier, please fill out one of our forms and we will provide you with up to 5 price quotes in your area.
Select Container Size, Condition & Door Direction
Add your selections to the cart and then checkout in our secure payment portal. Make sure to check out the sample photos before you buy. Your container is guaranteed not to leak, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee (less trucking costs). Every container we sell is also backed by our one year warranty.