Container Guidance

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0330 100 5469

1. General Shipping Container Guidance

1.1 A ‘new’ shipping container is the term used to describe either:

a) An ISO container which has been used on one occasion to ship goods from its place of manufacture (usually China) to the port where it has entered the sales market.

b) An ISO container that has been cut down or modified from an ISO container  which has been used on one occasion to ship goods from its place of manufacture (usually China) to the port where it has entered the sales market.

1.2 A ‘used’ shipping container is the term used to describe either:

a) An ISO container which has been used on several occasions and over multiple years to ship goods around the world.

b) An ISO container which has been cut down or modified from an ISO container which has been used on several occasions and over multiple years to ship goods around the world.

1.3 ‘New’ containers will experience some minor damage such as scratches, dents, rust patches and minor floor damage as a result of its single use and its contact with heavy port machinery and vehicles.  ‘Used’ containers will experience much more damage such as scratches, dents, rust patches and floor damage.

1.4 A ‘Custom Build’ container is a container built specifically for an order from new container panels and parts.

1.5 ‘As Is’ containers are unlikely to have been inspected and will have considerable damage.

1.6 No containers include a security lockbox or padlock unless expressly stated and charged for in the Order Acceptance.

1.7 If you are using your container for shipping purposes please inform us at the beginning of the sales process. Regardless of the age or condition of your container, we will need to check that it is suitable for shipping and has valid ‘CSC’ verification.  Whilst this is usually the case with ‘new’ containers, ‘used’ containers have to be re-inspected and their CSC plates have to be updated at a cost (which will be invoiced to you).  Please also note that when a CSC plate is updated it is only for a limited amount of time so this should be considered by the Customer when booking any onward journey.  It is unlikely that a container that has been modified in any way will be suitable for shipping.

2. TREATMENT AND PAINTING

2.1 Grafo-Therm is an anti-condensation treatment which is applied to the ceiling of shipping containers to help to reduce the effects of condensation in a shipping container.  Grafo-Therm is applied to the ceiling only of the container, but there will be over spray to the sides of the container and potentially to the container floor.  Containers that are to be sprayed with Grafo-Therm should be empty when sprayed and the product should be left to cure for 96 hours after application.  Whilst the product is curing, heat should be applied at night (via air blown heaters only – oil filled or wet heat should not be used) and in dry conditions the doors should be left open during the day.  Grafo-Therm is a water based product and often can leave rust spots on the container ceiling – this is to be expected and should not be seen as a defect. It will not affect the effectiveness of the product supplied to you.

2.2 Unless expressly detailed in the quotation and order acceptance, containers that are being painted will have a simple ‘blow over’. No decals will be removed and no parts of the container will be masked off.  If painting is taking place on site, overspray will occur and the site should be cleared and the grounds around the container covered if the Customer is concerned about overspray.

3. ELECTRICAL OR REFRIGERATED UNITS

3.1 Where goods supplied contain electrical goods, for instance, with modified containers or site cabin units, the electrics will not be tested by the Supplier other than a basic check that they appear to operate when they leave depot.  Prior to using the unit, the electrics must be thoroughly and safely tested by a registered professional arranged and paid for by the Customer.  Even if goods have been tested prior to delivery to site, the goods must be tested again by a registered professional arranged and paid for by the Customer upon arrival – as the transportation of such units can cause items to move and become unsafe.

3.2 Refrigerated Containers

  • Unless expressly agreed in the Order Acceptance, no warranty is given to containers sold as ‘Refrigerated Containers’ beyond the warranty in our standard terms and conditions of sale.
  • Where any additional warranty is provided in respect of a refrigerated unit, that warranty will be set out in full in the applicable Order Acceptance.