FAQ

How heavy are the shipping containers?

Empty ( also known as TARE) Weight:
20 ft shipping container weighs 2200 KG (or 2.25t)
40ft shipping container weights 3950 KG (or 4t)
Contact us to find out the weights of other containers in our range

WHAT IS A SHIPPING CONTAINER MADE OUT OF?

Shipping containers are built to last. Tradecorp inter national manufactures our own containers so we know that our products are built to withstand the rigours of transportation by ship, rail or road. Manufactured out of a high tensile steel frame and utilising corrugated steel walls and doors, the hive a treated timber floor which s mounted on steel cross members. Normally double doors are fitted on the narrow end, however there are plenty of other options to suit specific needs.

ARE SHIPPING CONTAINERS TOO HOT TO BE USED LIVING SPACE OR OFFICE SPACE?

Shipping containers can make great homes and offices and there are literally thousands of containers being used today for this purpose all over Australia. With some insulation fitted, containers can in fact be a very efficient option for accommodation or work space, as they are cost effective too.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU NOT ALLOWED TO SHIP IN A CONTIANER?

Certain items cannot be accepted for storage or transportation under general conditions of carriage or insurance. For example: food, cash, bonds, jewellery, alcohol, fireworks or other explosives, flammable gases, liquids or solids, poisons and toxins, corrosives, radioactive materials, ammunition or firearms, scuba tanks, gas cylinders, aerosol cans, butane lighters and other pressurised vessels and pornography of any description. It is also inadvisable to include perishables or liquids, which could leak in transit causing untold damage.

The general conditions of carriage and insurance prohibit the use of containers to transport the following.

Food, Cash, Alcohol, Fireworks, explosives, Flammable items, Poisons, corrosive materials, ammunition, firearms, Radioactive materials, Gas cylinders, aerosols, lighters, and pressurised vessels. Of course any illegal items in the country of origin, transit or destination are also prohibited. If you have any concerns whatsoever we recommend you contact your legal representative for clarification.

WHAT SORT OF SHIPPING CONTAINER DO I NEED?

At Tradecorp, our qualified and experienced staff can help you select the container that is right for you. As we both sell and rent containers, we can talk to you about the most cost effective and practical financial solution too.

REFRIGERATED SHIPPING CONTAINERS – WHAT IS THERI NORMAL TEMPERATURE RANGE?

Refrigerated shipping container can have a normal temperature range from -25 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius, meaning they can be used for both refrigerated and frozen stock.

WHAT POWER SUPPLY IS NEEDED TO RUN A REFRIGERATED SHIPPING CONTAINER?

To run a refrigerated shipping container, you will need a 3 phase 415 volt power supply.

HOW MUCH CAN I FIT INTO A CONTAINER?

Our containers come in 6m (20ft) and 12m (40ft) lengths, and standard height and high cube configurations. Our smallest shipping container is a 6m (20ft) standard, this provides 33.2cu/m of space, enough room for the contents of an average three bedroom home.

Shipping containers are surprisingly roomy and it is amazing how much can be fitted inside with careful packing. As there are a wide variety os sizes, from 6ft to 40ft available, talk to our staid fro our assessment on what might work for you however as a rough gauge a 20ft container is usually enough for your to store and ship the contents of t he average three bedroom Australian home.

I NEED A CONTAINER NOW! HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU DELIVER?

Depending on your location, delivery can be made very quickly. As we have a large number of depots around the country, some deliveries can be made within 24 hours.

DO YOU CUSTOM BUILD CONTAINERS FOR CLIENTS?

Yes, as Tradecorp is a manufacturer, we can build a custom container to suit your specific needs.

DO YOU DELIVER OUTSIDE NORMAL WORKING HOURS?

Yes we can – contact us for a quote.

Can I paint your hire container a different colour?

No, if you alter the colour there will be charge to restore it. However, under an operating lease agreement, we can provide a container in the colour of your choice.

CAN I PLACE MY CONTAINER ANYWHERE?

No, you must have level ground, ideally this should be a concreted surface. If you do not have a concrete surfaces, wooden sleepers or concrete blocks can be used.
From the Blog: The Best Way to Build a Level Foundation For Your Shipping Container

CONTAINERS NEED TO BE ON LEVLE GREOUND

The ideal solution for a container is to be placed a flat concretes surface.

Can I buy my rental container?

No, not unless it is specified in your original hire agreement.

Can I return my container earlier than the minimum rental period?

Yes you can, However if you do you will be charged for the full rental period.

Do I need to insure the container?

Yes, you need to insure against all risks and at least up to the replacement value on your lease.

Can I claim against you for damaged or lost stock?

You are responsible for your stock; therefore, you must insure against all risk.

Can I collect the container myself?

This may be possible; however there will be a depot handling charge for lifting the container on or off your vehicle and the vehicle must comply with Health and Safety regulations.

What type of shipping container should I choose for storage?

Think of a shipping container as another storage room. You can use it to keep anything you would put in a warehouse, storeroom or shed. Choose 6m or 12m lengths and the door configuration that works best for your situation.

What range of items do people store in your containers?

Almost everything under the sun – here is just a small sample from a very long list…

Cards, cars, motor parts, motorbikes, lawnmowers, shelving, packaging materials, TVs, electrical goods, building materials, retail items, canned goods, dry foodstuffs, fireworks, furniture, carpets, paintings, paint, lighting, computers, clothing, animal feed, bottled water, mobile phones, shoes, furniture, ceramics, aggregates, gas testing pipes, biscuits, tea, sweets.