How to choose the right container?
Choosing the right container is one of the key factors, which determine that your cargo will be sent safely and will not get any damage. Consultants can give a lot of advice which could help to choose a container, but it is important to take into account the most important information. In this blog post we want to give you some basic facts which will help you to find the right container.
Searching for a container
First of all, you have to know what kind of container do you need; also it is easy to choose the suitable one, when you know what you are shipping. In the market you will find many different containers in shapes, sizes, materials, however, the selection process will be much easier, once you decide what you are looking for. For example, if you are sending a very heavy cargo with custom dimensions, you probably should be looking for a flat rack container. Maybe your shipment is very high? Then choose an open-top container. Of course, if you have a little experience in the searching process, you can always consult with the experts.
Buying a container
The second step is to purchase the container. Of course, the easiest way to buy is for those who live near a port: there is no need to dispatch a container, a buyer has a greater supply, and is free to negotiate. But you need to think: how many times I will use my container? If only a few, do you really need to buy it? Many companies offer rental services, which is a really good service for many customers. But if you have decided to buy a container, we suggest to contact with at least five vendors and start to negotiate; after that you will decide which option is the most suitable to you. Keep in mind that used containers are considerably cheaper.
I have bought a container, what do I do next? Here are more tips, which are mostly beneficial for people who bought used containers.
Before you start loading your container, make sure that the container meets all safety standards. Make sure that exterior walls have no holes or breaches and that the doors function proper, because all of the hinges and gaskets must operate as designed. Roof bows should work smoothly; and in containers with hard roof, there should be no damage on the roof. Make sure that all the labels or other markings on the container are proper and correct; remove those, which are not suitable for your shipment.
Interior inspection is as important as the exterior. Enter the container and close the door. If you see a light, it means that your container is not sealed. Check if dirt, molds, oils are removed from the container; it should be clean and dry. No mice or insects should be in the container. Extraneous odors or steam may damage your shipment quality.
If you are not sure what kind of container you need, please contact us – we will be happy to help you.