7 Reasons to Buy a Shipping Container

What are some reasons to buy a shipping container?

There are nearly 43 million shipping containers around the world, accounting for 60% of the worldwide sea trade.

But shipping containers aren’t just for shipping cargo or transport.

A growing trend has seen the emergence of shipping container architecture, the concept of using containers as buildings or other things.

But buildings aren’t the only reason to consider buying a shipping container.

In this article, we’ll look at 7 reasons to buy a shipping container.

7 Reasons to Buy a Shipping Container  


1. Containers are readily available

As mentioned, there are 43 million shipping containers around the world. 14 million of those are categorized as out of service.

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Photo by Nilantha Ilangamuwa on Unsplash

One-trip containers are usually considered the highest grade, as they have only made one trip overseas. These are considered ‘new’ containers.

There are also used containers.

There are several types of used containers, which have a rating – or grade – to help suppliers and customers denote the condition of it.

There are four types of container grades:

  • IICL
  • CWO
  • WWT
  • As Is

Shipping Container Grades

Most people will opt for getting used containers, so these grades help identify which is the best type for a particular project.


2. Containers are cost effective

As mentioned, shipping containers have grown in popularity and one of those reasons is because of their low-cost appeal.

Shipping containers are a popular choice for storage and rental prices are fairly affordable, depending on your location.

Storage containers can save on off-site storage, especially for construction or renovation projects.

They have also been used as alternative building materials, making containers a cheaper option versus renting office space.


3. Containers are customizable

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We spoke above about using shipping containers as alternatives to traditional buildings.

The infographic above showcases just how many industries are using shipping containers:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Agriculture

While we mentioned the ability to use shipping containers for storage purposes, containers can be used for much more!

Hospitals and clinics have used containers for everything from patient rooms to make shift clinics.

Shipping containers have also been used for medical labs.

Southwest Mobile Storage Medical Clinic

Healthcare isn’t the only industry using shipping containers.

A popular trend lately has been the emergence of pop up shops.

Pop up shops are usually temporary stores that are opened for a limited time.

One of the appeals for customers is the unique design of these shops.

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Many companies have used pop up shops to entice customers towards their inventory.


4. Shipping containers are portable

A major benefit of shipping containers is their portability.

You can move shipping containers from one location to another.

For example, if you have a retail business, you can use a shipping container to store your inventory.

If you have multiple locations, you can transport the container to the other location. The same is true if you run a restaurant.

Restaurants can use containers for a variety of things, such as container farms or portable pantries.

Pure Greens Container Restaurant Farm

As with retail businesses, restaurants can transport their containers to other locations or use them as pop up shops, as mentioned earlier.


5. Containers are eco-friendly

Many companies are getting into being eco-friendly with their products and services. But what does that mean?

Terms like ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ are used to describe the concept of not being environmentally harmful.

Another reason why people have been repurposing shipping container is because they’re environmentally friendly.

When containers are recycled or repurposed, they help to reduce the environmental waste produced when containers are melted down.

They also help to maximize sustainability.


6. Shipping containers are durable

Shipping containers, by their very design, are built to withstand long travels and extreme weather conditions.

Containers are incredibly strong, being made from 14-gauge corrugated steel.

This steel, known as CorTen, allows for containers to be sturdy, resilient, and resistant.

SMS Storage container

This is another reason why containers are so popular.

With their portability, this allows for both individuals and businesses are able to use shipping containers in areas where traditional buildings can’t be built.

And because they’re so durable, containers can be used in areas that are hard hit by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, or fires.


7. Diverse containers

We’ve looked at how easy it is to get shipping containers, how low cost they are, how they can be customizable, portable, eco-friendly, and durable.

The last thing that makes shipping containers a great buy is how diverse they are.

Not just how many ways they can be used, but the many different sizes to choose from. There are three standard sizes of containers:

  • 10-foot containers
  • 20-foot containers
  • 40-foot containers

There are even sizes that go all the way up to 52-foot containers.

As we noted in the customizable section, these sizes can be modified depending on your project.

In this article, we looked at 7 reasons to buy a shipping container, from their low-cost appeal to reducing environmental waste.

Shipping containers offer a wide variety of options when it comes to use!

If you’re interested in buying a shipping container, give our offices a call at 800.686.9114.

Our shipping container experts can help you pick the right sized container for your project!