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STORAGE CONTAINERS

What is the difference between a shipping container and a storage container?

This is a question we are often asked! The simple answer is that shipping containers can be used as storage and for shipping, but storage containers cannot always be used for shipping, but always for storage. There is an exception, however because storage containers can be used for shipping, but only as deck cargo (by deck cargo we mean any equipment which should not be stacked one on top of the other on the deck of a boat).

The shipping container

Shipping containers are built to very precise specifications and must conform to ISO standards. If they are being used to transport cargo, they must be plated and certified in order to comply with international standards. Usually this means that they must be of a particular dimension and capable of being stacked one on top of the other, often eight high, and be capable of carrying a minimum of 20 tonnes in weight.





The storage container

These strict conditions do not apply to storage containers. A storage container can be any length, any size and built to any specification. As long as it's dry and secure it can do the job. The majority of large storage containers on the market are used shipping containers, either original (which give the best value), or modified (which increases choice). They may be cut down to any size, or have a variety of alterations that improve their function - such as door changes, insulation and lining, shelving and electrics. The possibilities for adapting shipping containers for storage are vast.

Many people prefer a different style door for storage use, to the traditional corrugated shipping container type. This is because shipping container doors are notoriously heavy and awkward to use, and where frequent access to items is required, flat panel doors are more convenient. For more on different style container doors, see our article A Guide to Choosing Shipping Container Doors.


So when is a shipping container not a shipping container?

The division however, is not that clear. A shipping container can become only suitable for storage purely attaching a small metal locking box to the door (common as a means of protecting a padlock) The container is still capable of carrying a 20 tonne load and being stacked, but is no longer a shipping container because it is half inch too long! You cannot be a little bit pregnant - you either are, of course, or you are not. You can, however, be little bit of a shipping container, entirely a shipping container or not a shipping container at all (just a storage container).

So do I need a shipping container or a storage container!

The real question to ask is - for what purpose do I require a container? For transporting goods abroad the answer is it's essential to buy a CSC plated, unmodified shipping container. For anything else the options are open. We hope that here, at Containers Direct, we can help you find the answer within your budget. Have a look through our products or ring us today - you can be sure of a friendly and helpful response from any of the team!

Testimonials

Foam Concrete Ltd requested a 40ft shipping container, modified for storage use. We left the original container doors at one end and fitted S1 flat panel doors in the side. Lock boxes were fitted to both sets of doors, and the container re-painted in royal blue.

"Would just like to advise you that the container arrived safely and it is just what we required.

Very happy with the product and the driver placed it in the correct location.

We would be more than happy to put your companies name forward should anybody require a similar unit"


Received from Lynton Cox, Foam Concrete Ltd

"Very friendly service, and attention to detail to ensure that no mistakes were made on delivery to site. Exceeded expectations for purchase of a "thing" like a container. Likeable, well trained and personable staff who are memorable for their quality of service. All the way from Mandy and her pre sales help, the delivery driver and Gareth fixing the lock problem. Yours is clearly a very well run business."

Received from Christian at Vetch Mahne Ltd












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A2Z of STORAGE CONTAINERS

STORAGE CONTAINERS 8ft S2 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 8ft S2 45211 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 10ft Shipping Container Newport (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 10ft wide x 15ft long STC02 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 10ft wide x 20ft long SCT06 Wales (On display in 20ft to 30ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 10ft wide x 20ft long STC05 (On display in 20ft to 30ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 10ft wide x 40ft long STC04 (On display in 31ft to 40ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 15FT S1 doors (On display in 11ft to 19ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 16ft container side door SC3 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 16ft side door container (On display in 11ft to 19ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 20ft ply lined (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 30ft x 9ft New Build STC09 (2013) (On display in 20ft to 30ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 40ft Shipping Container Warrington (On display in 31ft to 40ft » Economy Grade)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 40ft Side Doors Manchester (On display in 31ft to 40ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 4ft S2 doors 42803 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 4ft S2 doors 42804 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 4m self assembly green (2015) (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 5ft by 8ft Steel Newport *Current Offer (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 5ft S2 doors 39303 *Current Offer (On display in 5ft to 10ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 7ft steel store CX07 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS 8ft cube STC08 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS London - Storage Container 564 (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Mobile Shipping Container (On display in 11ft to 19ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 5ft wide x 10ft long STC0510 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 5ft wide x 12ft long STC0512 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 5ft wide x 15ft long STC0515 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 5ft wide x 20ft long STC0520 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 6ft wide x 10ft long STC0610 (On display in 5ft to 10ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 6ft wide x 12ft long STC0612 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 6ft wide x 15ft long STC0615 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS New build 6ft wide x 20ft long STC0620 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Portable lighting (On display in Container Accessories » Extras)
STORAGE CONTAINERS SC26 SIDE DOOR (On display in 11ft to 19ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Shipping Container 2301 SG (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Shipping Container Norfolk (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Shipping Container with Lights (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Slim width 12ft x 6ft 6in storage container STC01 (On display in 11ft to 19ft » New)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Steel Container Wales (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
STORAGE CONTAINERS Steel Shipping Container Liverpool (On display in 20ft to 30ft » Quality Used)
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