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Things to look Outside the Box before you Buy Shipping Containers | LOTUS Containers In another article we had talked about important things to look inside a container box. Here we will be talking about the things to look outside the container box before making a final purchase. Container buying has always been one of the most arduous and daunting tasks. This is mostly because you have to keep a keen eye on every minute things. Looking outside the box does not mean looking just at its exterior but every factor- from look strength to papers everything. LOTUS Containers has created this mini-guide to help you with every necessary details that you must keep a note of while signing a final deal with your supplier. Whether you are buying for freight forwarding storage purpose or building homes- the below point will come to be helpful every time. Alignment: Shipping containers are rectangular boxes that can be stacked on top of each other to be stowed to acquire the minimum space available. For that a container needs to be symmetrically rectangular. Check whether the walls of the box make an angle of 90 degrees with

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the ground or not. A box with even the slightest bend in walls is considered inappropriate. It should stand straight on the ground or perpendicular to the ground. Types: Before heading towards a supplier you should know what type of cargo you’re going to ship in that. Once you know the exact type of cargo you can decide the type of containers you should go for. Since every cargo type has a specific container- like you can’t ship fresh fruits in a dry van without a refrigeration unit. Depending upon the cargo type you can ask your supplier to provide the right type of boxes. This not only applies to shipping. Even if you want them for storage or building purposes you should be precise about their types. Size: Size or dimension plays an important role in deciding the right container box. Shipping container comes in different dimensions- from 8ft 10ft 20ft 40ft 45ft 48ft to 53ft. Buying a small container for a large volume of goods or vice versa make no sense. It’s important to inform your supplier about the volume of goods you have to ship. Taking the note of volume size it will suggest you the right box. For building purposes too you need to be accurate about the dimensions. Cargotecture companies often advise for 20ft to 40ft or 45ft high cube boxes as it allows for easy modification. Moreover these containers are readily available. Otherwise extreme dimensions are available to only a few suppliers. Dents and patches: Dents and patches are usually seen at the outer body of the container. This is because the outer body is mostly exposed to the external environment encountering harsh weather during the transition. If you are buying used containers then you can compromise on a little number of patches or a few dents but make sure the box still possesses wind and watertight quality. You should also climb a ladder and take a look at the roof.

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Look for dents in the roof that can accumulate water and eventually turn into a rust spot. These can eventually develop into a hole. While the new box needs to be completely damage-free. A small sign of dent should raise suspicion in your mind because that’s not what a new container looks like. Therefore it’s required that you inspect the container by going through every corner and side. Check for doors: Never forget to inspect the doors. Inspection should be strict if you are buying a double door or side door. Both of these types have their one complete side in form of a door. The loosen door may be destructive for your cargo as it would lead to the spillage of the entire goods. Other containers have just a single door at one of the sides. Open the doors and make sure they swing open and close smoothly. Check the mechanism of hinges and handle. The most common place for corrosion and rust is at the bottom of the door. Port Location: It is often advised to hire containers from a supplier that has a worldwide existence. It could make your product available at any geographical location. You should find out the list of all the container suppliers near to your location or whoever is willing to deliver in your area. If you are going to use your container for shipping purposes you will most likely want it at the port. In that way you can look for suppliers near the port area. Also ask if the delivery services are included in their package or they ask customers itself to arrange for transportation. At LOTUS Containers we help you with intermodal transportation services by arranging the most appropriate mode of transportation. CSC certification: The CSC Convention for Safe Containers plate is one of the most important things your container should have. The plate incorporates design requirements functionality measurement of weight volume and resistance to the forces box are subjected to when they are moved on sea or land. The CSC plate is fastened to every shipping container at the time of manufacture. The supplier will either provide a CSC plate that is riveted to the outside of the left door or else a certificate on paper.

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Conclusion If you are looking for good quality shipping containers be cautious and carry out your due diligence before making a purchase. Ask questions from your supplier if you need information and make yourself aware of what a good quality used container looks like.

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