Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you also have 15 ft containers?

We don’t have 15 ft. storage containers with the following dimensions: approx. 4.55 x 2.20 x 2.26 m (l x w x h) on stock but we can order them ex works. It takes about 8 weeks after order to release your new 15 ft. containers. In terms of width and height, these are similar to 8 ft. storage containers with a length of 2.43 m. But we can shorten our 20 ft. (original 6m length) sea containers to your desired length (e.g. 4.55 m length)

2. What does PW, HC, HCPW mean? What are these abbreviations?

PW = Pallet Wide, HC = High Cube, HCPW = High Cube Pallet Wide...are not official abbreviations. The ISO codes apply internationally. However, the abbreviations are common.

PW = Pallet Wide: + 6 cm extra wide compared to the standard container width: 2.44m vs. 2.50m

HC = High Cube: + 30 cm extra width compared to the standard container height: 2.59 vs. 2.89 m HCPW = High Cube Pallet Wide: the combination: + 6 cm extra width compared to the standard container width + 30 cm extra width compared to the standard container height.

3. How big is the world's largest container?

53 ft. high cube pallet wide containers are not permitted in the EU. This type of container is mainly found in the USA / Canada in rail and road transport. In the EU we can recommend the 45 ft. high cube pallet wide container as the largest alternative.

4. What's the difference between Reefer and Insulated Containers?

A reefer container has a refrigerated engine. The insulated container can have a cooling engine. A reefer is always an insulated container, but an insulated container does not necessarily have to be a reefer. An insulated container, also known as an insulated container or ex-reefer, is a refrigerated container in which the refrigeration machine has been replaced by a sandwich panel. Cold air gets into the refrigerated container by means of a blower motor. A refrigerated container is not a mega freezer. You set the desired temperature and load your temperature-sensitive goods.

5. HC, what's that?

HC = High Cube: + 30 cm extra width compared to the standard container height: 2.59 vs. 2.89 m

6. What's the difference between Cargo Worthy and Storage Container ?

The translation is sea worthy container. The sea worthy / cargo worthy container has a valid CSC sticker and the storage box container can only be used for storage. We describe our containers as cargo worthy for general cargo.

7. What’s the difference between a full side access container and an open side container?

Full side access containers and open side containers can be the same. An Open Side Container has one long side with open doors, the Full Side Access Container has doors on both long sides. The Full Side Access or Open Side Container should not be confused with the Open Side - All Sides Open Side Container of which all walls can be opened. Just ask for more information!

8. Are the prices including VAT or excluding VAT?

Prices are offered exclusive of VAT.

9. Container conversion, container modifications, what do we offer?

Whether painting the container in your RAL color of choice or the installation of container doors, windows or electrical installations. We rebuild the container according to your wishes.

10. Why are container prices changing?

In short: supply and demand. The price of a 20 ft. container is lower than the container price of a 10 ft. container. There are more 20 ft. containers available on the market. But the matter is a little more complex. Container freight has more than doubled since the stricter rules for emissions in 2020. The ship's fuel may only contain a small proportion of sulfur. It got expensive. Then there was the COVID-19 crisis. Closed factories and ports around the world have caused freight prices to skyrocket. In some regions very few sea containers were available. This market deficit has led to higher prices. In Asia, a lot of new sea containers have been built because it took too long until the used containers were available. It is possible that the prices for 40 ft. high cube new containers will soon drop a bit.

11. Why rent instead of purchasing a container?

Renting a container is perfect if you need your container for 3 to 24 months. The costs are not on your balance sheet and you can encounter monthly fixed costs. You don't need to make a big investment right away. You only pay for the lease period itself. Renting a shipping container is practical if you only need the container for a short time. Would you like to modify your container? Then you better buy one. At the end of the rental agreement, a 'Repair Estimate' follows, whereby the costs of the repair are calculated at the end of the rental agreement.

12. Do you offer a buy-back program?

Yes, we are happy to buy your container. Our offer depends on the general condition of the container, age, steel and container price.

13. Different qualities: A, B and C: what does that mean?

Our (new) shipping containers are manufactured in China. In order to reduce transport costs, these shipping containers are used once during a transport to Europe. This is how you get to the concept: new built shipping containers. We also offer used storage containers in various qualities. Used shipping containers are classified in our depots as A, B or C quality. This qualification is mainly based on the image or representation of the shipping containers. C-grade are marked as ‘export containers’, B-grade is known as the average quality and A-grade is known 'best used' quality.

14. Are all containers wind and water resistant?

All steel containers we offer are wind and water resistant. Please note that we don’t offer containers made of galvanized sheet steel. We have 2 main categories: ASIS (as is, not checked / repaired) or Cargo Worthy (professionally checked)