When a shipping container is initially built, it is constructed to certain standards.  These standards create a weather-resistant cargo box. Shipping containers travel through all types of weather.  They also travel long distances.  In fact, some travel across oceans. Weather resistant shipping containers must be able to withstand rain, ice, snow, high winds, and rapid temperature changes. Additionally, they must protect the cargo within. 

The solid build of shipping containers and their weather-resistant properties are two of the leading reasons that people repurpose these containers. 

Weather Resistant Shipping Containers Considerations

Once construction starts, the certification changes.

All shipping containers must be certified as weather resistant when first constructed.  This happens before they are allowed to be filled with cargo. Shipping companies use weather resistant shipping containers that have been certified to guarantee to their clients that the freight will be protected. 

However, once Portables 360 begins making modifications to your container, it is no longer considered weather resistant certified. 

This does not mean that your new structure will not have the durability of a safe and sturdy structure. It also does not mean that the structure will not be protected from rain, wind, or other harsh weather conditions. Losing this certification means that the changes to the container’s structure no longer allows it to be classified as a weather resistant cargo container that can be used to transport goods. 

When Portables 360 alters a shipping container for their clients, they make sure that the container still retains structural integrity.  Additionally, they ensure its ability to withstand weather is intact. Even with the addition of windows or doors to the container’s side, Portables 360 will add the right protections to ensure that the container is structurally sound and weather resistant. 

Recertifying Your Shipping Container 

If you would like to transport your container overseas in the future, you can have it recertified through the Approved Continuous Examination Program at the port. However, unless you are using the container for shipping goods, this is probably not necessary. 

If you are shipping your modified container overseas, it is probably in your best interest to ship it as merchandise instead of as a shipping container. In this way, it will be placed in the cargo hold of the ship, protected from the weather and other conditions, and will arrive safely without the added expense of certification.