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How heavy are shipping containers?

Empty Tare Weight
20 foot container 2.25 ton or 2250kg
40 foot container 4 ton or 4000kg

How secure are the shipping containers?

Sea Containers are very secure and quite difficult to vandalise. They are generally a great deterrent to thieves as they are difficult to break into and not commonly cut open using cutting equipment for fear of what may be stored on the other side of the wall. Most containers are locked using padlocks through the door handles. For extra security we can provide a lock box which effectively is a steel box welded to the front doors in which a padlock can be fitted and can not be accessed via bolt cutters.

Can we choose our own coloured container

Sea containers provided by Sea Containers WA come in a variety of colours, though brown, blue or yellow are predominant in our second hand stock. We can paint containers for customers to any colour and offer a full sign writing service too.

Does the container just sit on the ground.

We recommend placing shipping containers level, to ensure easy opening of the doors. At the same time we recommend the containers should be sitting off the ground on level blocks (say sleeper logs for example) to allow air flow through the floor and air circulation around the container.

What about condensation in the container?

Like any enclosed space, condensation is a possibility. Most shipping containers are fitted with side vents and this assists the breathing of the container. Dependent upon what is stored in the container, we recommend the fitting of a ventilation unit (whirly bird) on the roof of the container and regular opening of the unit to allow airing, especially if you have personal effects stored. It is also important that nothing is stored in the unit that contains moisture for any length of time – i.e. wet material.
Sea Containers WA have completed a temperature case study on a white and dark green shipping container to see if there was an internal heat difference between the two over 24 hours. Check it out on our YouTube channel.

Can we pick our own container?

YES – we recommend customers visit one of our depots to choose the most appropriate container for their needs. We will happily show customers the variety of options available from our range of 10ft, 20ft or 40ft dry containers to full modifications.

What are the Payment methods for Hire Containers

Payment of the 1st 30 days rental in advance along with the transport delivery and pick up charge. A direct debit or credit card charge is set up and applied on the 1st working day of each month thereafter for the ensuing months hire.

What are the payment methods for Sale Containers

We accept payment in cash/company cheque/ EFT/credit card (Visa/master) or debit card. Note credit cards attract a service fee. Unless on Account, all payments must be receipted prior to release of the container.

If we purchase shipping containers, will you buy them back at a later date?

Yes, the price will be subject to the market value at the time and any additional transport costs to pick up the container.

Do I need council permission?

Every council is different and has its own regulations on containers. It is recommended that you give your local council a call before making a purchase or arranging to hire a container.

Do you offer storage for my container?

Yes. We can offer secure storage within our depots. Charges apply for the storage and access to the container. Access is only available during normal depot working hours and we generally require 48 hours notice to access the units.

Do you deliver to regional areas?

Yes we can arrange delivery to most country areas.

How are they delivered?

We generally use either a side loader truck ( which is self unloading ), tilt tray truck or hiab truck – all capable of self unloading. The type of delivery is generally dependent upon a number of factors relating to location and positioning and can be discussed in more detail at the time of booking.

Can I arrange my own transport?

Yes customers are welcome to arrange their own transport.