What are shipping containers?

Storage containers (also known as freight containers, ISO containers, intermodal containers, shipping containers, high-cube containers, portable storage units, conex boxes or sea cans), areindustrial-grade steel containers that provide temporary storage space for your commercial needs.     


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Why use them?

  • They are SAFE. With thick walls made of industrial grade steel, a storage container’s design protects your belongings from theft and harsh weather. When storing things like expensive equipment and machinery, you want to know your belongings will be secure.

  • They are DURABLE. Storage containers are steel boxes meant to endure the harshest of weather conditions. Over time, they may rust or dent, but some wear and tear is normal. It is helpful to find out the history of a storage container before signing a contract.

  • They are AFFORDABLE. Use of a conex box for more than a couple of years can make purchasing a unit more cost effective than renting. The purchase price ranges from $1500-$5000, depending on whether you buy new or used and how much the delivery fee will be.


"When it comes down to it, if you don’t have enough room to store your stuff, that’s when you call us."

Erwin Kim ,  Online Marketing / Retail Buisness   , CCP

"When it comes down to it, if you don’t have enough room to store your stuff, that’s when you call us."

Erwin Kim ,  Online Marketing / Retail Buisness   , CCP

Who uses shipping containers?


Any business or individual that needs temporary storage space. Common industries and uses include:



  • Agricultural – farming equipment, machinery, and supplies

  • Education – athletic equipment, documents, and records

  • Construction – equipment, supplies, machinery, temporary office space

  • Government – disaster relief, temporary shelters, security offices, military supplies

  • Financial – documents and records

  • Medical – equipment and supplies

  • Residential – household goods, tools, supplies, furnishings, non-perishable items

  • Retail – seasonal inventory

Shipping containers as livable space.


Storage is the not the only use for shipping containers. Over the past few years, more and more businesses are converting conex shipping containers into livable space. Some popular uses include residential homes, offices, studios, restaurants, shopping malls and portable event sites. Because they are durable, cheap and environmentally friendly, used shipping containers make great raw building materials.

How long do people use a storage container?


It depends on the needs of the business or individual. The length of use is unique to each client’s project or requirements and can range anywhere from a couple of months to several years. If a customer has an uncertain timeframe for usage, renting may be a better option than buying a storage unit.

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What are my options?


When it comes to shipping containers, you can choose from a wide range of sizes, colors, and features. Just keep in mind that the more modifications you make, the more you are going to pay.

The most common shipping container lengths are 20 footers and 40 footers. You can also find shipping containers with custom lengths of 10, 15, 25 and 45 feet. Length options will vary depending on the supplier. Some suppliers will cut apart or weld together used shipping containers to meet your specific needs.

Height and Width
Standard shipping containers usually have the same height and width dimensions: 8 feet 6 incheshigh by 8 feet wide. Some suppliers offer an extra wide option that is usually 10 feet in width. A ‘high-cube’ shipping container is 9 feet 6 inches tall.

Custom Features

Many suppliers offer ‘add-ons’ or other customized features. Some of the most common modifications involve:


  • Size

  • Paint Color

  • Locking mechanism

  • Doors

  • Roofing

  • Shelving

  • Flooring

  • Interior finish-out

  • Ramps

  • AC/Heating

  • Turbine vents

  • Insulation

  • Windows

  • Partitions



If you are looking for specific shipping container features, find out what different suppliers offer. Some features are only available on shipping containers for purchase. Some add-ons are limited to a certain size or width of container. Be sure to confirm what features are available for the shipping container size you want before signing a contract.

Will my belongings be safe?


Security is one of the main concerns customers have. They want to know things like, will my belongings be safe from:

  • Rodents

  • Thieves

  • Flooding

  • Rust

  • Heat

  • Snow

  • Hail

The answer: it depends on the quality of the portable

storage unit and the locking mechanism you choose to purchase.


Not all storage containers are created equal. It is important

to visually inspect the storage container before purchasing it.

In some cases, portable storage containers have been damaged

in transport or corroded by rust. A few dents or rust does not

necessarily affect the functionality of a storage container, but it is

important to pay attention to the condition of the portable storage

unit and find out its history before signing a contract.

Locking mechanism

Another factor to consider when it comes to security is the quality of the locking mechanism. Some locks are better than others are. Typically, the sturdier the lock, the more it will deter thieves from trying to break into your storage container. Some storage container suppliers, like Mobile Mini, offer a premium locking mechanism that is included with all of their portable storage containers. Other suppliers offer rod locks or padlock hasps for an additional fee. If your property is highly secure, then you may not need to invest in a premium lock. If security is a concern, a good lock may be worth the cost.

If your portable storage unit has windows, you might also consider adding metal bars to deter thieves. Many businesses use storage containers to store valuable equipment, machinery, and supplies on their job site. If those items are stolen, it can mean a huge financial loss – not only to replace the stolen equipment but also to cover lost time on the job.

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How much does a shipping container cost?


It depends.


Shipping container prices are based

on the following factors:


  • Age

  • Availability

  • Size

  • Delivery Fee

  • Features

  • Condition

  • Supplier


The condition of the shipping container is usually the weightiest factor. A new conex container may have incurred more damage than an older, used shipping container; it just depends on how the unit has been used and the conditions it has been exposed to.