For your container purchase, GreenSpace Container offers high-quality boxes at very competitive prices. It’s ideal for storing items and much more. Our units come as either a 40-ft. standard shipping container, a 40-ft “high cube” (at 9.6 feet tall they are a foot above the competition) or a standard 20-ft. long model. Further, our supplier/partner has tens of thousands of containers in their fleet and we, as a premier customer, get the top choice of containers for our fleet. By themselves, these boxes are sturdy, storm-proof, and flexible.
Our inventory is changing constantly, and we have containers on site and ready to ship with purchase at both our Cleveland Office and our new Livingston Office. If that’s not where you are, our supplier has containers all over the United States and we can work with you to get containers where you needed.
But wait, there’s more…optional add-ons can allow you to store more and use the container in creative ways. We can lower the temperature inside using vents and roof protectant. Further modifications allow us to add electricity, A/C and Heat, insulated panels and more…all at reasonable prices.
See our options page for details.
Though shipping containers come in many different sizes, there are some basic configurations which are far more common than others. Keep in mind that containers were designed to fit on ships several stories tall carrying thousands of containers loaded with products of all types. Capacity on these ships is measured in something called TEU, or “Twenty-foot Equivalent Units”. So, a 20-foot container is 1 TEU. A 40-foot container is actually 2 TEU. The largest container ships today carry 14,000+ TEU of containers which is a combination of both 20-foot and 40-foot boxes. That makes these two types, in their standard height of 8ft, 6 in, the preferred size for ocean travel on a regular basis.
Though 20’s and 40’s are the most common by far, there are other lengths worth noting. The longest containers at present are 53ft. boxes which are referred to as “domestic” containers. These come from their place of manufacturer to serve here in North America. They are bought by trucking companies trying to maximize their load space. This makes them lighter weight than other containers and not as durable. Building up to the 53ft you will still find 45-foot boxes and rare 48-foot boxes. Unlike the 53-ft versions, these other two sizes were used for regular ocean-going travel and as such are more durable than the larger 53-foot containers and on par with the sturdy 40-foot brethren. Likewise, you will also find 30-foot containers and some 10-foot sizes. The latter are used to transport belongings of those working or serving overseas. These outlying sizes are harder to find for sale after initial use, but they do enter the market from time to time.
In terms of height, there are two set sizes you will find. All containers are one or the other. For years containers were 8ft, 6 in. tall outside or just about 8ft. tall inside. Then the “high-cube” container came along adding an extra foot of height. Not only did this add extra shipping space for active use, but also gave more room for conversion dramatically increasing the number of containers converted to homes and offices due to the extra overhead room. Presently, there are no other options besides regular and high-cube container heights. Plus, the 40-ft high-cube is steadily taking 40-ft market share and will likely replace the standard 40-ft. box in the coming years. Finally, unlike the variations in height and length, container widths remain at a constant 8-foot. This is the international standard and is unlikely to change any time soon.
For our purposes here, container type refers to the condition level the container is in. Here we’re generally speaking of the container as it comes off active service ready for the aftermarket. This assumes the container has had several years of service and really can’t go out on the ocean anymore. The nicest quality level of those boxes which were in active service for months or years is “cargo worthy”. This means it could, with some work, be certified to return to the high seas wit cargo inside on active duty. The next level down is “wind and water-tight” or as we say, “rain and light tight”. This means it generally doesn’t leak, and if the door is closed with you inside (which normally isn’t a good idea for any reason) you cannot see light from outside.
Neither of these above two container-types are unblemished. In fact, most have weld patches or repairs done in more than one place. Too many of these patches can eventually compromise the container integrity so they can’t be in regular service after so many repairs. Regular service can consist of being stacked up to nine levels where these boxes could be placed on the bottom holding up to nine fully loaded containers on their backs. Some containers, due to stresses such as those, are damaged so heavily or partially destroyed that they can’t be repaired and must be scrapped. We don’t typically deal with this condition of box as we have found no matter how many times a customer says they want a box like this, they just want a lower price on a reasonably sturdy container and not these which are difficult to even ship let alone deal with.
Finally, there is one more type of container which is at the opposite end of the spectrum from what we just discussed. It’s known as a “one-trip” container and is as new a container as we get access to in the aftermarket. However, there are some things you need to be aware of with these boxes. First of all, they are designed and brought here to sell in the aftermarket and are not intended to regularly haul cargo. As a result, the walls and corner post supports may not be built to the same tolerances as shipping containers designed to sit on the bottom of nine fully loaded containers if needed. This doesn’t mean one-trips are bad containers at all, rather they are not officially as strong as a standard container because they don’t have to be. One trip containers tend to be more expensive because they ride on the top of the ship and are brand-new. More about this below in our section about what to look out for with shipping containers.
There are plenty of positive reasons to buy one-trip containers. As mentioned above, they are in nearly pristine condition without welds or patches or rust of any kind. This makes them ideal for “tiny houses” or other similar construction projects because you know what you’re getting and the structural integrity, at least before you start building the house, is not compromised. Also, these containers are typically easier to open and close at the two doors. Often those without a lot of strength can open them easily. Finally, in many cases those doors feature “lock boxes” where a pad lock can easily be installed that is difficult to cut since there is little access to it from all but the bottom. This feature is not allowed in international shipping as it interferes with putting boxes as close together as possible in regular container use. However, since these boxes get the special treatment then the extra security piece is left on. Finally, since these containers haven’t really hauled anything, buying them means you probably don’t have to contend with the smell of hides or whatever might be shipped in a container over time. For some people, this is reason enough to get a one-trip container.
As TV shows such as Tiny Houses and others introduce the masses to the benefits that aftermarket shipping containers can bring, consumers have more choices from businesses who want to sell them the boxes or related conversion services. While most of these companies are reputable and offer containers at fair prices, there are some things you should look out for as this is still a “wild frontier” made up of active container yards, individual-led logistics operations, and investors who want to turn a quick profit. While we try to offer the best prices, we can for the boxes we have, there are sometimes cheaper options. Since we do business here too, we hope this helps educate and inform you about our industry as it grows and prospers showcasing what can be done with these versatile boxes.
Here are some important things you need to know, along with answers to questions you may have, about your new GreenSpace Container.
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