Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our services, products, and processes. We have created this page to help you quickly find the information you need. However, if you cannot find what you are looking for, feel free to contact us - we are happy to assist you!


Do all used containers have dents?

No, not necessarily. However, the longer a container has been in use, the more likely it is to have a dent or two. However, this does not affect the contents of the container.

How long does a shipping container last?

A shipping container can last about 20 years in international freight transport, depending on the damages it incurs. After that, it can still serve for approximately 10 more years as storage, but eventually, rusting will become a significant issue. In that case, the container needs to be recycled.

What is the floor of the container made of?

Most containers have plywood (a type of wood composite) floors. In the past, containers were made with plank floors. Reefer containers (refrigerated variants) have an aluminum floor.

How much does a shipping container weigh?

Like the sizes of shipping containers, the weights of containers also vary. The length, height, and applications determine the weight of the container. A 20ft container weighs from 2,100kg. Learn more about container sizes and their corresponding weights on the respective container pages.

What materials are shipping containers made of?

Standard containers are made of corten steel, an alloy of different substances. Unlike stainless steel, corten steel can rust, but the rust layer is tight enough to prevent further corrosion.

In what condition is a used shipping container?

A shipping container can be used for about 15 years, after which it can be in one of two conditions. In the first case, it is still suitable to pass the CSC inspection, and it can still be used for international transport. In the second case, it is damaged to the extent that it is only suitable for storage purposes. In both cases, the containers may have dents, scratches, or multiple layers of paint. The main difference is that a container with CSC certification is wind and watertight and suitable for cargo, while a container for storage is only wind and watertight. Therefore, it is no longer suitable for transporting goods.

How new is a shipping container if it has been used for a single shipment?

Container factories are mostly located in China. Whether they are shipped filled or empty does not affect the damages. Additionally, we always inspect the containers at our depot to determine if they are suitable for sale as new. Ultimately, there are always various moves involved.

Are all new containers painted?

All new containers are finished with a marine-grade paint that is required for international shipping. Nowadays, most containers are coated with waterborne paint, although they used to use solvent-based paint as well.

My desired container color is not listed, what now?

We provide customized solutions. If you want to order multiple containers in a specific color, please fill out our configurator or feel free to make an appointment with one of our account managers.

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