Portable shipping containers are categorized by their length, height, and original purpose. The differences in these containers will help you decide which one will best fit your needs. Learn more about categories of Portable Shipping Containers.

Portable Container Sizes 

Most shipping containers are either 20 or 40 feet in length and stand 8.6 feet tall. There are times when you can find a 10-foot trailer or a 53-foot trailer, but these are less common. Custom-built containers may be different lengths but often fall within the 20 or 40-foot length. 

The one exception to the size rule is the High Cube container. These containers are usually 20 or 40 feet in length, but they are always 9.6 feet high, a foot higher than your standard container.  

Three Categories of Shipping Container

Single-Use Portable Containers 

The most common type of shipping container is the single-use container. These containers are built overseas.  They are packed and shipped to the United States. Then they are never used again. Shipping companies have found that it is much more cost-effective to purchase a new container for each shipment than to ship empty containers back to Asia and redistribute them to suppliers. 

These are the highest demand containers for the secondary market because they are almost new. Many of these containers are free of any type of dents or dings because they have only been in service for a few weeks before becoming available on the secondary market. 

Used Containers 

Used containers are those that have been in use for at least 15 years. These containers have been moving stock around the world and will show wear from use. Some of these containers will have rust spots, dents, and logos from the former owner on the outside. Many of these containers may also have an odor from the cargo that was transported. 

Although there are great recycling benefits for using these containers, many people want the single-use containers instead because less work has to be put into them when they are being customized. 

Purpose Built Containers 

Some companies have containers built for a special purpose. These containers have special sizes and may have special interiors.  Often they are coveted in the secondary market because they allow the end-user to customize the container more easily. 

Portables360 has several options for containers.  We look forward to speaking with you about your specific needs.