If you’ve ever visited a sea port, or seen one on TV, you’ll already be familiar with cargo storage containers: they’re the variously coloured large metal boxes which are loaded with goods and then taken around the world as part of a ship's cargo. What you may not realise is that you’ve probably also seen cargo storage containers in a variety of other guises and put to various other uses. If you’re sceptical, consider that steel cargo storage containers are frequently used in the following ways:
- Storage of wet, dry, refrigerated or frozen goods
- Storage of building materials, equipment, furniture, documents etc
- Storage of chemicals
- Haulage of bulky goods
- Conversion to building site offices or security guard houses
- Conversion to smoking shelter
- Conversion to sports ground clubhouses or dugouts
- Conversion to tack rooms or pony stables
Why are Cargo Storage Containers so Popular?
You’re probably way ahead of us here, but the answer is undoubtedly versatility. Essentially a reinforced steel box, the cargo storage container is available from a wide variety of suppliers and can be converted to numerous functions easily. They also, if left intact, retain their resale value as long as they remain rust-free.
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How Large are Cargo Storage Containers?
They come in a few standard sizes. All are 8ft wide. There are two heights: 8ft and 6ins and 9ft and 6ins. Lengths of 8ft, 10ft, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft are available. Each container has a set of double, multi-bar locking doors at one or each end and doors can be fitted along the length too. Weights range from about 1,000 to about 5,000 kilos.
How do you Purchase Cargo Storage Containers?
Suppliers of cargo storage containers span the length and breadth of the country. Most supply new and used containers for rent or purchase and can customise containers for particular uses. Purchase prices of containers vary with steel and oil prices and rental prices depend on purchase prices. Delivery rates also vary so we can’t give you a definite guide price. We advise gathering quotes from several suppliers who can deliver to your part of the country to get a good measure of the going rates. Renting cargo storage containers usually involves a minimum term. Check that delivery and collection are included in the price quoted.
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