In this section you will understand the various sizes that we offer here at Amazon Containers. Understanding your buyers needs in conjunction with having a firm understanding of the various sizes of the products we offer, will help you to better accommodate your buyers.
Keep in mind that not all container sizes will work for every project that your buyers need them for. Having a strong understanding of the various sizes will help you to become a stronger agent.
20’ X 8’ X 8’6” 40’ X 8’ X 8’6”
40’ X 8’ X 9’6” 45’ X 8’ X 9’6”
53’ X 8’ X 8’6”
Important Notes !
SD/ST - standard height - 8'6" tall
HC - Hicube / Highcube - 9'6" tall
ex. 40'SD or ST 40'HC
45' HC are modified 40' containers with extensions built on by the shipping company.
All our used containers are singled-ended with the barn-style doors on one end.
The 20' containers have forklift pockets, but not all 40' containers do.
The customer would have to use their best judgment taking weight and design of the container for moving the container once it is placed.
Container Conditions Salvage Containers Severely damaged containers that may include holes, missing floor sections, odors, or crushed beams and damaged doors, severe rust, etc.
This type of container may be ideal for customers that can/want to do their own repairs.
Inventory may be low on these as they are not very common, so it isn’t surprising that the cost of a salvage container is often the same as that of a used container.
Container condition will be a the forefront of concern for most of your buyers. The conditions we offer range from brand new (one trip) [mint] condition, to "as is" [rough] condition. Understanding the various conditions in conjunction with a firm ability to discern the various conditions will help you as an agent provide all the information buyers need to purchase exactly what they are looking for. Relaying accurate information to your buyers about container condition will help set proper expectations for the buyers, which will ensure your buyers are always satisfied with their purchase. This will in turn improve buyer retention and promote repeated sales.
These containers are also called "single-trip" or "one-trip" containers because they have made only one trip across the ocean. They're pricey, but some customers want containers that look nice, and we can't guarantee that used containers will be "pretty”. The most common (kept in stock) and preferred colors of new containers are grey and beige. New containers can take up to 60 days to deliver if they choose a color other than beige or grey. Please note: These containers may have very minor cosmetic flaws such as small scratches, scuff marks and marks on the floor from the forklift, but are otherwise typically in pristine condition.
Containers that are typically between 8-18 years old and have traveled the ocean on average 30-70 times. All used containers will have at least some visible surface rust; however, because the containers are made of 14-gauge or 16-gauge steel, a little rust is not a problem if properly managed. Our used containers will have no holes or leaks, doors that function and lock correctly, properly sealed gaskets and solid floors. It is highly recommended that customers pressure wash and paint their container every few years to make the steel last.
CARGO WORTHY CERTIFIED (CWC) While 'Cargo Worthy Certified' (CWC) containers are generally in better cosmetic condition than 'Wind & Water Tight' (WWT) containers, this grading is more about the 'bones' of the container than it is about the appearance. CWC containers have been inspected within the last year and have been shown to meet all of the international shipping standards. CWC containers will have dings, dents, paint chips and surface rust, this is perfectly normal. However, they have been inspected and shown to still have their original tinsel stregnth, are wind and water tight with all gaskets and seals in place to keep cargo clean, dry and rodent free. Keep in mind that depots will likely choose their best looking used containers to be certified as cargo worthy, buyers who are more concerned with the cosmetic appearance of their container will be more likely to be satisfied with a CWC container than a WWT. This is a great opportunity for you as an agent to upsell them a better looking container that will likely last several more years than WWT with less maintenance. They are also less likely to return with complaints about condition in the future. Be sure to always set proper expectations about the condition of the containers you are selling.
WIND AND WATER TIGHT CONDITION (WWT) For a container to be graded as a wind and water tight, there is really only one set of criteria... they must be wind and water tight. This means that the cosmetic condition of WWT condition consists on a greater spectrum of variance than CWC. This means that all the gaskets and seals must be in place, the doors must close and latch properly, the floors must not be rotted out and there must be no leaks at the time of inspection. Since the container only has to hold out wind at water during the time of inspection and dont take into consideration the transportation of products, WWT are more likely to have greater amounts of rust, paint chips, dings, dents, etc. When selling WWT, only do so if the buyer is aware of CWC and doesn't mind additional cosmetic flaws for the reduced price.
"AS IS" CONDITION "As Is" condition containers are exactly what the name says--sold "as is". These containers come with a variety of issues ranging from bent and missing doors, severe penetrating rust, holes, bent framing, missing door latches, rotted floors, etc. They are sold "as is" with no expectation or guarantee of condition, cosmetic or structural. The majority of buyers who will interested in "as is" condition will be people looking for spare parts, or those who are privy with fabrication work and can repair them on their own.