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Frequently Asked Questions

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions about our shipping containers below, if there is a question that you may have that we haven’t answered, please feel free to contact us, we’re happy to help you out!

CAN I MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO MY SHIPPING CONTAINER?

Yes, you can. We offer a range of standard modifications to shipping containers and can offer advice and guidance on bespoke requirements. Some examples of standard modifications we offer include installation of roller doors and lock boxes for additional security.

CAN I PICK MY SHIPPING CONTAINER COLOUR?

One trip new build containers are available in a limited range of colours set by the manufacturer. We carry a range of light and dark colours to suit most needs.

B grade containers come in a range of colours however if you have a specific colour you want to paint your B grade container, we can do this for an additional charge.

CAN I PURCHASE THE CONTAINER I AM LEASING?
WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR ME TO PAY FOR MY CONTAINER?
CAN YOU DELIVER MY CONTAINER?
HOW DO I PREPARE A SITE FOR MY SHIPPING CONTAINER?

Assess access for the truck delivering the container to check if there are any overhead obstacles like trees or powerlines. Consider other obstacles such as narrow entrance ways or tight turns. If you’re not sure we are here to help talk to the team and we can assist with your site assessment.

The ideal site for placement of a shipping container should be level and free draining. Shipping containers need to be level to ensure that the doors operate correctly.

We recommend placing either concrete or tanalised wooden blocks under each corner of your shipping container to provide ventilation and protect from standing water.

CAN I SHIP MY CONTAINER INTERNATIONALLY?
CAN I VIEW THE CONTAINER I AM BUYING?

Yes. Most of our depots can facilitate inspection of our containers. Viewing is by appointment so get in touch with our friendly team to arrange a time.

If you can’t make it or are purchasing a container from a depot where viewing is not available, we are happy to demonstrate containers via video call and provide photos of the container you will receive.

CAN YOU MOVE MY CONTAINER FROM ONE LOCATION TO ANOTHER?

Yes, we can take care of all logistics associated with your container.

Delivery and movement of containers is directly affected by how heavy the contents of the container are. Talk to our friendly team for more advice on movements of loaded containers.

DO I NEED PERMISSION TO PLACE A CONTAINER?
HOW DO I LOOK AFTER MY CONTAINER?

Place your container on a level free draining site to ensure the doors operate correctly and the base remains elevated out of standing water. Ideally have enough space around the container to allow good air circulation.

Keep the roof of the container free of debris and leaf fall. Air out the container by opening the doors periodically allowing the container to vent.

Shipping containers are made from corten steel. This is designed to oxidise (rust) on the surface when bare metal is exposed to the elements which offers natural protection to the underlying steel. Corten is extremely hard wearing and will last many years exposed. It is the same metal that railway tracks are made from. If you wish to seal any exposed surfaces you can sand or grind back the oxidised surface and paint it with an appropriate metal finish paint.

DO YOU BUY SHIPPING CONTAINERS?
HOW SECURE IS THE CONTAINER?

Shipping containers offer excellent security due to their inherent build strength and are an ideal storage solution when security is a priority.

New build containers come with integrated lock boxes designed for special heavy-duty tamper-proof padlocks. These lock boxes are also a cost option on a B grade container.

NZ Containers stock and supply tamper proof container padlocks. Enquire with our team today.

WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT OF A 20FT AND 40FT SHIPPING CONTAINER?

20ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

Length 6.1 metres
Width 2.44 metres
Height 2.59 metres
*High Cube Height 2.86 meters

20ft Shipping Container Internal Dimensions

Length 6.02 meters
Width 2.38 meters
Height 2.39 metres
*High Cube Height 2.69 Meters

Internal capacity 33.2 cubic meters
*High Cube capacity 37.3 cubic meters

20ft Shipping Container Empty Weight (Tare weight)
1980-2200kgs depending on manufacturer

40ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

Length 12.2 meters
Width 2.44 meters
Height 2.59 meters
*High Cube Height 2.86 meters

40ft Shipping Container Internal Dimensions

Length 12.03 meters
Width 2.38 meters
Height 2.39 meters
*High Cube height 2.69 meters

Internal capacity 67.6 cubic meters
*High cube internal capacity 76 cubic meters

40ft shipping container empty weight (Tare weight)
3750-3820 kgs depending on manufacturer
Please note that delivery and movement of containers is directly affected by how heavy the contents of the container are. Talk to our friendly team for more advice on movements of loaded containers.

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