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How to Get the Best Deal When Renting or Buying Shipping Containers During Global Price Increase

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Despite a global shipping container price increase, Southwest Mobile Storage is working diligently to ensure you continue to get the best value when you rent, buy or modify steel containers for your business, construction project or home.

The COVID pandemic triggered a domino effect of trade route disruptions. This led to an ongoing global shipping container price increase occurring at every step of the supply chain. Because cargo container prices have been increasing for the last two years, market prices for rental, sale and modified steel containers for commercial, construction and residential use are increasing too.

Ports across the world have struggled to keep up with unusually high import volumes. Especially because of lost productivity from pandemic shutdowns and labor shortages. These challenges create lengthy delays unloading and emptying out the containers at ports. In response to the delays, ocean carriers increased freight rates and delay fees. By the end of 2021, the price of sending 40ft shipping containers to the United States was 330% more than in 2020.

The prices of one-trip shipping containers started to fall in 2022. But prices for commercial, construction and residential shipping containers for storage, workspace and custom use are staying higher than average. This is because the combination of inflated costs and delays emptying containers has led to companies holding onto them longer for imports. This makes it harder and more expensive for container companies like us to buy new units you can rent, buy or modify.

Experts predict these container prices will decrease slowly over the rest of 2022 as more containers become available at ports. But because prices rely so much on global and industry-wide factors, we have limited control. Despite this, we are committed to continuing to provide you with the best overall value you can get. Here’s how:

Support at Every Step

When you need containers for your business, construction project or home, you deserve reliable, helpful service you can trust every step of the way. Our highly trained container experts are here to answer any questions you have to ensure you get exactly what you need, when you need it.

See Before You Buy

We give you the ability to see what condition your container is in before you agree to rent, buy or modify it. Other container companies that operate like call centers do not offer you the same. Your dedicated expert can provide you with current photos of your container or set up a time for you to visit one of our container show yards.

Transparent, All-Inclusive Pricing

We will always let you know exactly what to expect from your bill. Other sellers may not include the full cost of your shipping container, like admin fees, taxes, damage waiver fees, full month versus prorated rent, pick-up and delivery. This may lead you to spend more than you expected. Our quotes include the full cost of renting, buying or modifying shipping containers.

Full Transportation Services

We offer full transportation services for your containers, including moving services, precise delivery and a narrow ETA window. Not all transportation services are equal when it comes to moving shipping containers. Some container suppliers will leave pickup and delivery to you to coordinate. Our licensed, highly experienced drivers will level and place your containers exactly where you need and provide you with a two-hour window and 30-minute call before arrival. No other container supplier provides that.

Unrivaled Expertise & Fabrication Facility

Our 90,000 sq. ft. fabrication facility means we can customize your shipping containers to your exact needs. We can build anything, whether it’s something simple like doors and windows or complex like a mobile water treatment system. Our in-house staff of container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience. So, you can rest assured your custom shipping containers are built to the highest quality.

Large Rental Selection

We offer a wide selection of sizes and layouts for high security portable storage and office containers for rent so you can find exactly what you need for your home, construction site or business. You also get even more convenience when you choose add-ons from our rental options, like shelving and dolly ramps.

Frequent Maintenance

We full-point inspect, high pressure wash and ensure the security of every rental container before delivering it to your construction site, commercial business or home. Plus, you can request we send one of our in-house maintenance experts to you if you need maintenance while renting. That way your shipping container arrives and stays in excellent condition the entire time you rent it. Other companies cannot offer the same or might send a third-party unfamiliar with the nuances of corrugated steel.

While the global shipping container price increase continues to raise prices across the industry, you still get the best value when you rent, buy or customize storage and office containers from us. Find out what we are doing to continuously maintain supply and fair prices through the global shipping container shortage.

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