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Container Sales

What sizes of shipping containers are available for purchase in Bristol?

You can buy shipping containers in various sizes, including 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. Specialised types such as refrigerated containers, full-side access containers, high cubes, and open tops are also available.

What is a one-trip shipping container?

A one-trip shipping container has only been used once to transport cargo from the manufacturer to its destination, making it nearly new with minimal wear and tear.

How long does delivery take for a shipping container in the Bristol area?

Delivery usually takes 4 to 7 days.

Do I need planning permission to place a shipping container on my property?

Generally, shipping containers are considered temporary structures and do not require planning permission. However, checking with your local planning office is advisable.

What is a high cube container?

A high cube container is 9ft 6in tall, one ft taller than standard containers, providing extra height for storing taller items or when more volume is needed.

How can I secure my shipping container?

Your container will have a fitted lockbox. You can enhance its security by purchasing high-security locks and security lighting.

Can shipping containers be stacked?

Yes, shipping containers are designed to be stackable, often up to several layers high.

What are the benefits of using a shipping container for storage?

Shipping containers are durable, secure, weatherproof, and easily moved and modified to meet specific needs.

How do I prepare my site for container delivery?

Ensure the ground is level, solid, and well-drained. Clear any obstacles and verify enough space for the delivery vehicle to access and place the container.

Can shipping containers be used internationally?

Shipping containers are built to ISO standards and commonly used for international shipping.

Can I transport shipping containers by rail in the UK?

Shipping containers are commonly transported by rail as they fit standard rail specifications.

Can I purchase multiple containers at once?

Yes, you can buy multiple containers.

How can I extend the lifespan of my shipping container?

Regular maintenance, such as rust prevention, proper drainage, and repainting, can help extend the lifespan of a shipping container.

Container Hire

What sizes of shipping containers can I hire in Bristol?

You can hire shipping containers in various sizes, including 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. Special container types include refrigerated containers, full-side access containers, high cubes, and open tops.

What are the benefits of hiring a shipping container?

Hiring a shipping container offers flexibility, lower upfront costs, no maintenance responsibilities, and the ability to use the container for as long as needed without a long-term commitment.

What are the disadvantages of hiring a shipping container?

The main disadvantages include ongoing rental costs, limited customisation options, and dependence on us for maintenance and availability.

How long is the minimum hire period for a shipping container?

Minimum hire periods are typically eight weeks, depending on the provider.

Can I choose the colour of the hired shipping container?

We can sometimes offer you a choice between Bottle Green and Gentian Blue for new containers. However, specific colours aren't guaranteed for used containers due to their depot storage order.

How do I start the process of hiring a shipping container?

Submit a quote inquiry form or email the leasing company. Once you agree on the quote, the company will guide you through the straightforward hiring process.

Can I hire a container for a short-term event?

Yes, short-term hires are available and are ideal for events, temporary storage, or during renovations.

What condition will the hired container be in?

Hired containers are usually in good, functional condition. They may show signs of wear but will be watertight and structurally sound.

What happens when I'm done with my container hire?

Please notify us so we can arrange for the collection.

How do I extend my container hire period?

Contact us to discuss extending the hire period. We offer flexible rental agreements.

Is there a difference in cost between new and used container hires?

Yes, new containers typically cost more to hire than used ones. Used containers may have signs of wear but are generally more cost-effective.

Can I hire multiple containers simultaneously?

You can hire multiple containers, and some companies offer stacking options to maximise space.

Can I return the container before the agreed hire period?

Yes, but you may still be charged for the minimum hire period. Any unused prepaid rent beyond the minimum period will typically be refunded.

Container Delivery

What is container delivery with a Hiab crane?

Container delivery with a crane involves using a vehicle to deliver and place shipping containers. These vehicles have a crane arm, allowing them to lift and manoeuvre containers into position.

How far can a truck reach when lifting a shipping container?

The reach of a truck with a crane varies depending on the size and weight of the container and the specific truck's crane capacity. Generally, bigger trucks have better reach, but it's best to inform the haulier of your specific needs for an accurate assessment.

Can trucks deliver shipping containers over fences or walls?

Trucks equipped with cranes can lift containers over obstacles like fences or walls, provided the height and depth are within the crane's reach. It's essential to inform the haulier about such obstacles to ensure the correct vehicle is used.

What kind of ground conditions are required for container delivery?

Trucks need hard-standing ground, such as tarmac or concrete, to operate safely. They cannot deliver on soft surfaces like mud, soft earth, or grass because they risk getting stuck and damaging the vehicle.

Can trucks deliver shipping containers onto grass?

Trucks cannot deliver containers onto grass because the vehicle could get stuck. They must remain on hard-standing surfaces at all times.

What preparations should I make for a container delivery?

Ensure the delivery site has suitable access, clear and stable ground, and no overhead obstructions. Preparing supports for the container, such as paving slabs or concrete pads, is also recommended to prevent sinking and ensure level placement.

How large are the trucks used for container deliveries?

Trucks vary in size, but articulated trucks used for 40ft containers are around 65ft long. Smaller rigid vehicles are typically around 40ft long. The exact size depends on the container and site access requirements.

Can trucks deliver containers into buildings?

Trucks can deliver containers into buildings if there is adequate overhead clearance for the crane to operate. The entrance must be large enough for the truck to enter, and there must be space for the crane's stabilisers.

What is the weight of a delivery vehicle?

Delivery vehicles can weigh over 25 tonnes for rigid trucks and over 35 tonnes for articulated trucks. Ensure your site and access roads handle this weight to avoid damage and failed deliveries.

How much space is required for container delivery?

Trucks need enough space for the vehicle, the container, and the crane's stabilisers, which extend outwards. Typically, an 8ft wide vehicle requires an additional 5ft on each side for the stabilisers.

What happens if my site has low bridges or overhanging branches?

Low bridges and overhanging branches can obstruct delivery. Inform the haulier about such obstacles so they can plan the route and possibly use a different vehicle or crane setup.

Can trucks lift containers over houses?

No, crane-equipped trucks are not long enough to lift containers over houses. Alternative methods like booking a separate crane may be necessary for such deliveries.

What should I do if I have a tight delivery site?

Please provide detailed information, photos, or videos for tight delivery sites. This helps us assess the situation and determine if delivery is feasible. A site survey may also be recommended.

Are there any additional costs for difficult deliveries?

Difficult deliveries may incur additional costs, such as site surveys, special equipment, or extra on-site time. It's best to discuss any potential challenges with us in advance.

Can trucks deliver multiple containers at once?

Trucks can transport multiple containers, depending on vehicle and site accessibility. Certain vehicles can convey two 20ft containers in a single trip.

What should I do if overhead power lines are near my delivery site?

Please inform us about any overhead power lines requiring significant clearance. Some hauliers may refuse to lift within 20 meters of live power cables for safety reasons.

Container Products

Standard Containers

Can I buy a new or used 20ft shipping container?

We offer new and used 20ft shipping containers at Shipping Containers of Bristol. New containers are ideal for those requiring a pristine unit. In contrast, used containers offer a cost-effective solution without compromising on quality.

What is the difference between a standard and a high cube 20ft container?

A high cube 20ft container is taller than the standard container, with a height of 9ft 6in (2.90m) compared to the standard 8ft 6in (2.59m), providing additional internal space.

How much does a 20ft shipping container weigh?

The tare weight of a 20ft shipping container is around 2,185 kg (4,818 lbs), but this can vary slightly depending on the specific design and manufacturer.

How long does a 20ft shipping container last?

Properly maintained, a 20ft shipping container can last up to 25 years, especially if made from high-quality materials like Corten steel.

Are 20ft shipping containers waterproof?

Yes, 20ft shipping containers are designed to be watertight and weather-resistant, making them suitable for storing goods in various environments.

Can 20ft containers be used for international shipping?

20ft containers meet ISO standards. They can be used for international shipping with a valid CSC plate.

What is the floor made of in a 20ft shipping container?

The floor of a 20ft shipping container is typically made from 27mm marine-grade plywood, which is durable and moisture-resistant.

What are the benefits of using a 20ft shipping container for storage?

Benefits include durability, security, portability, and the ability to be customised for specific storage needs, making them ideal for various industries.

What are the common modifications for 20ft containers?

Common modifications include adding doors, windows, insulation, electrical systems, ventilation, and shelving to suit various uses.

What is the typical lifespan of a 40ft shipping container?

A 40ft shipping container can last up to 25 years if properly maintained.

What are the common uses for a 40ft shipping container?

Typical uses include storage, transport, and conversion into offices, pop-up shops, studios, and even homes.

Can 40ft containers be modified?

They can be modified with features like doors, windows, insulation, and other customisations to fit specific needs.

What is a high cube 40ft container?

A high cube 40ft container is a shipping container that is 9ft 6in tall, providing an extra foot of height compared to standard 40ft containers.

Are 40ft shipping containers waterproof?

Indeed, 40ft shipping containers are constructed to be watertight and weather-resistant, rendering them suitable for storing goods in diverse environmental conditions.

Can 40ft containers be used for international shipping?

Yes, 40ft containers meet ISO standards and can be used for international shipping, provided they have a valid CSC plate.

What is the floor made of in a 40ft shipping container?

The floor of a 40ft shipping container is typically made from 27mm marine-grade plywood, which is durable and moisture-resistant.

How can I ensure my 40ft container is secure?

Adding lockboxes, high-security locks, and security lighting can help secure a 40ft container.

Are 40ft containers suitable for residential use?

Many 40ft containers are repurposed into residential homes due to their durability and spaciousness.

Can 40ft containers be transported by rail?

Yes, 40ft containers are commonly transported by rail, as they fit standard rail specifications.

Open Top Containers

What are 20ft open-top containers used for?

20ft open-top containers are utilised for transporting oversized goods that require top loading and unloading, such as machinery, bulk materials like timber or scrap metal, and fragile or awkwardly shaped items.

What are the dimensions of a 20ft open-top container?

The external dimensions of a 20ft open-top container are typically 20’ long, 8’ wide, and 8’6” high. The internal dimensions are around 19’4” long, 7’8” wide and 7’9” high.

What is the maximum gross weight of a 20ft open-top container?

The maximum gross weight of a 20ft open-top container is usually around 30,480 kg (67,200 lbs).

How are 20ft open-top containers constructed?

20ft open-top containers are constructed from Corten steel and feature a removable tarpaulin roof, roof bows, and a 28mm wooden floor on steel cross members. They also include forklift pockets and two locking bars on each door.

Can open-top containers be used for international shipping?

Open-top containers can be used for international shipping. They are CSC-plated and meet the necessary standards for international transport.

Can open-top containers be stacked?

Open-top containers can be stacked just like standard containers, allowing for efficient use of space in shipping yards and transport vessels.

Are there any height restrictions for loading open-top containers?

The height of the cargo must not exceed the height of the container’s sides when the tarpaulin is in place, ensuring it can be securely covered for transport.

Can open-top containers be refrigerated?

Open-top containers are not usually refrigerated. Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, are recommended for goods that require specific temperatures.

What types of cargo are ideal for open-top containers?

Ideal cargo for open-top containers includes heavy machinery, construction materials, bulk commodities such as grain or coal, and large equipment that cannot fit through standard container doors.

How do you load and unload an open-top container?

Open-top containers are usually loaded and unloaded using cranes or other overhead lifting equipment, which can easily access the open top.

What are 40ft open-top containers used for?

40ft open-top containers serve similar purposes as 20-foot ones, but they can accommodate larger volumes of oversized goods, such as construction materials, heavy machinery, and large equipment.

What are the dimensions of a 40ft open-top container?

The outer measurements of a 40-foot open-top container usually are 40 feet in length, 8 feet in width, and 8 feet 6 inches in height. The inner dimensions are approximately 39 feet 5 inches long, 7 feet 8 inches wide, and 7 feet 10 inches high.

How are 40ft open-top containers constructed?

The 40ft open-top containers are constructed from durable Corten steel and come equipped with a removable tarpaulin roof and removable roof bows. These containers feature a sturdy 28mm wooden floor supported by steel cross members. Additionally, they are designed with exterior hinged double doors and two locking bars on each door for added security.

Can 40ft open-top containers be used for international shipping?

Indeed, 40ft open-top containers are suitable for international shipping as they are CSC-plated and compliant with the required standards for international transportation.

Can 40ft open-top containers be stacked?

Open-top containers with a length of 40 feet can be stacked like standard containers, allowing for efficient use of space in shipping yards and on transport vessels.

Are there any height restrictions for loading open-top containers?

When the tarpaulin is in place, the height of the cargo should not exceed the height of the container’s sides, ensuring it can be securely covered for transport.

Can 40ft Open-top containers be refrigerated?

In general, 40ft Open-top containers are not equipped for refrigeration. For goods that require specific temperature conditions, it is advisable to utilise refrigerated containers, commonly known as reefers.

What is the tare weight of a 40ft open-top container?

The tare weight of a 40ft open-top container is typically around 4,050 kg (8,926 lbs).

How do you load and unload a 40ft open-top container?

40ft open-top containers are commonly loaded and unloaded using cranes or other overhead lifting equipment, easily manoeuvred to access the open top.

Refrigerated Containers

What are the standard sizes of refrigerated containers?

The dimensions of a standard 20ft refrigerated container are typically 20ft long, 8ft in width, and 8.5ft in height. Its internal dimensions provide approximately 19.4ft of length, 7.8ft of width, and 7.9ft of height. A standard 40ft refrigerated container measures 40ft in length, 8ft in width, and 9.5ft in height. Its internal dimensions offer approximately 39.4ft of length, 7.8ft of width, and 8.9ft of height.

What temperature range can refrigerated containers maintain?

Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, can maintain temperatures from -30°C to +30°C, ensuring the preservation of perishable goods.

What types of goods are typically stored in refrigerated containers?

Refrigerated containers are ideal for storing perishable items such as meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, pharmaceuticals, and frozen foods.

Do refrigerated containers require a specific power supply?

Refrigerated containers typically require a 3-phase electrical supply, with a 32-amp motor-rated power supply being standard.

Are there single-phase refrigerated containers available?

Single-phase refrigerated containers are available, usually maintaining temperatures from +8°C to -20°C.

How do refrigerated containers maintain their internal temperature?

Refrigerated containers use integrated refrigeration units to cool or heat the interior space, maintaining a specific temperature range regardless of external conditions.

Can refrigerated containers be used for both storage and transport?

Refrigerated containers are highly versatile and designed to store and transport temperature-sensitive goods. By maintaining specific temperature conditions, they effectively extend the shelf life of perishable goods, mitigate the risk of spoilage, and enable businesses to store larger quantities of stock securely.

How do reefer containers ensure even cooling?

Reefer containers have a T-shaped floor decking design that channels chilled air from the bottom of the unit, ensuring even cooling throughout the container.

What safety features are included in refrigerated containers?

Safety features in refrigerated containers can include door switches that stop fans when the door is opened, emergency stop buttons, and interior door release mechanisms.

How do you maintain a refrigerated container?

Regular maintenance of a refrigerated container includes cleaning the interior and exterior, checking the refrigeration unit, and ensuring food hygiene standards are met.

What is the maximum gross weight of a refrigerated container?

The maximum gross weight of a 20ft refrigerated container is typically around 30,480 kg. The maximum gross weight of a 40ft refrigerated container is usually about 32,475 kg.

How do refrigerated containers handle power failures?

Many refrigerated containers come equipped with emergency internal lighting and alarms to handle power failures and ensure the safety of the stored goods.

How does a refrigerated container's insulation affect its performance?

High-quality insulation in refrigerated containers helps maintain the internal temperature by reducing the impact of external temperature fluctuations, thereby protecting the stored goods.

Flat Rack Containers

What is a flat rack container?

A flat rack container is a specialised shipping container with a flatbed and end frames but no side walls or roof. It is used to transport oversized or irregularly shaped cargo.

What are the common uses of flat rack containers?

Flat rack containers are commonly used to transport heavy machinery, vehicles, construction equipment, large pipes, and other bulky goods that do not fit into standard containers.

What is the difference between fixed-end and collapsible flat rack containers?

Fixed-end flat rack containers have permanently attached end walls. In contrast, collapsible flat rack containers have end walls that can be folded down to save space when empty.

Can flat rack containers be stacked?

Collapsible flat rack containers can be stacked when the end walls are folded down, making them efficient for storage and transportation when empty.

What is the maximum payload of a flat rack container?

The maximum payload capacity of a 20ft flat rack container typically ranges around 31,000 kg, subject to variation based on the specific design and manufacturer. Similarly, a 40ft flat rack container generally offers a maximum payload capacity of approximately 39,000 kg. However, this figure may vary depending on the design and manufacturer.

Can flat rack containers be used for temporary structures?

Flat rack containers can create temporary structures such as bridges, walls, or platforms due to their strength and versatility.

Can flat rack containers be used for international transport?

Flat rack containers are designed for international transport, making them suitable for road, rail, and sea shipping.

How do you handle oversized cargo with a flat rack container?

Oversized cargo can be loaded onto a flat rack container from the sides or top and secured using lashing points and other securing mechanisms.

Are flat rack containers suitable for heavy machinery transport?

Flat rack containers are ideal for transporting heavy machinery due to their open design and high load capacity.

Can flat rack containers be used for construction projects?

Flat rack containers are often used in construction projects to transport large equipment and materials, and they can also be repurposed as temporary platforms or bridges.