Logistics SolutionsWhy Buy a Used Shipping Container?

January 21, 2020by Bhupathi0

Our second-hand shipping containers are typically 10 – 15 years old from the date of manufacture. Used shipping containers are inspected when they arrive at the depot to ensure they are fully compliant with our certified wind and watertight standards. The unit’s double doors will be fully operational and door seals fully intact to prevent any water intrusion. Flooring is formed from 27mm (about 1”- 1/8th) ultra-sturdy hard plywood, capable of withstanding tremendous loads and pressure.

Shipping containers are manufactured using high-quality cor-ten steel which is designed to stand up to the harsh rigors of sea conditions. We would expect a properly maintained used container to last you in excess of twenty years from the date of purchase.

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Where to Buy Used Containers

Because used shipping containers come in all sizes and conditions, there is a wide range of possible pricing options. However, the sticker price is not the only thing to consider when buying a used shipping container.

Used Shipping Containers for Sale By Middlemen

Often, middlemen often markup their containers based on supply and demand. They sell to their local customers based on the inventory they have on-hand – they have to sell inventory before purchasing more to resell. This is not always the case, but it’s common for a middleman to sell a used shipping container at a price in accordance with its classification, but the container is in much worse shape than is normal.

Just because a shipping container is used doesn’t mean it should be in horrible shape. And, just because the middleman needs to offload a container covered in graffiti doesn’t mean you should have to settle for a container in that condition.

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Used Shipping Containers for Sale By Individuals

It’s possible to get a great bargain on a used shipping container if an individual is selling. They will often sell under the price of local dealers, hoping to get rid of the container faster. However, there are a lot of issues to consider when buying from individuals, such as delivery fees, damage in transit, and not getting full disclosure on the condition of the container. You should proceed with caution.

Used Shipping Containers for Sale Direct from Tier-1 Suppliers

Buying direct has a lot of advantages, in that you cut out the middleman markups and you get access to a much larger inventory. Many tier-1 suppliers sell only to local middlemen and deals only in bulk, wholesale transactions. Bolt, however, sells to local dealers as well as directly to individuals. Buying direct can save up to 20% on used shipping container dealers.


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