Here is a brief list of what you need to consider if you are purchasing a container and shipping it to another location, either overseas or domestically:
Does the carrier or shipping line that will move the container for you take shippers owned containers (SOC) and will the freight rate be effected?
Each carrier has a policy for shippers owned containers; the booking or customer service departments will have the information you need.
Is a container condition survey required for the container prior to acceptance by the carrier?
If so, this must be done before the container is loaded. We can introduce you to a qualified survey company in your area.
Who will provide the chassis or flatbed to move the container?
Either the trucker or the carrier provides the ‘wheels’ under a container. We sell our equipment ‘free on truck’ so you will have not have extra charges when your trucker picks up the container.
What is the volume of the cargo and the weight that you will be shipping?
Often, over the road weight limitations are much less than the design capacity for a container. Also freight rates are typically less for smaller size shipping containers.
How will the box be delivered at the destination?
Most container delivery trailers are designed to slide containers off to the ground and cannot handle the weight of a loaded container. This usually means you will have to hire a crane (expensive) or unload the contents of the container prior to it being landed on the ground.
What about customs?
Customs rules regarding the import of containers vary widely. Your freight forwarder will have the ability to confirm import requirements and duties for international shipments.
Why do you need a shipper’s owned container?
If it is to be used as storage at the final destination often it is cheaper to purchase a container at the destination and save the extra handling costs of a shipper’s owned container.
If you are interested in container pricing, please complete our EQUIPMENT REQUEST QUOTE and we will quickly respond with a customized quote. Or, contact us at 800.506.7368 and find out how well we can work for you.
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