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Shipping container for rent

Why you should consider renting a container

Steel containers are the cheapest method of shipping goods across the globe, at just one-fifth of average air freight charges. However, buying a container may not be feasible for clients who use it sporadically. Since it represents a significant investment, logistics consultants recommend using a cost-to-benefit analysis including factors such as forecasted frequency of use, maintenance costs, and storage charges.

However, renting containers can be challenging and lead to complications if not done right. In this helpful guide to container hiring, MT Container GmbH proves that the process can be simple.

What are the sea container types available for rent

Based on your cargo, picking the right shipping container type keeps your goods safe and reduces logistical hassles in the future.

The standard ISO container is a basic Corten steel unit ideal for shipping non-perishable cargo and machinery. It does not offer features such as refrigeration and has strict size regulations. However, it is the cheapest unit available with additional charges for light panels and electric fixtures.

An insulated sea container rental is the right choice to ship food products like nuts, dry goods, and hardy vegetables. The unit is cooled before sealing, and the insulation prevents defrosting.

Meat and perishables are shipped in “refrigerated ISO containers” using an inbuilt cooling system. These units need constant power to maintain the cold chain.

Fruits and vegetables often require ventilation to retain freshness, and ventilated shipping containers use modified HVAC systems to circulate air and ripening agents within the unit.

For goods that require extra overhead space, open-top units are the right pick. Flat racks provide the additional clearance needed on all sides for Out of Gauge (OOG) cargo.

A Tank ISO container is supported by a steel frame for hazardous cargo and features a polyurethane or aluminum coating.

Lastly, for hefty cargo that requires crane loading, a reinforced hard top unit has a detachable roof and payload capacity of 30 tons.

Standard sea container dimensions and capacity

Each shipping container for rent comes in 3 typical variants- 20 ft, 40 ft, and high cube (HC). The high cube units have an additional overhead clearance of 1 foot and an increased volumetric capacity of 350 m3 for a 40 ft HC. The technical particulars of standard units you can consider renting are:

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Type of Sea Container Length (mm) Breadth (mm) Height (mm) Tare (kgs) Payload (kgs) Gross (kgs) Volume (m3)
20’ Shipping 5885 2350 2403 2150 21850 24000 33.2
40’ Shipping 12033 2350 2394 3800 26680 30480 67.7
40’ HC Shipping 12024 2350 2697 4020 26460 30480 76.3
20’ Flat Rack 6038 2210 2213 2740 31260 34000 NA
40’ Flat Rack 12086 2224 1981 4200 26280 30480 NA
20’ Insulating 5724 2286 2014 2550 21450 24000 26.4
40’ Insulating 11840 2286 2120 3850 26630 30480 60.6
20’ Ventilated 5888 2325 2392 2400 28080 30480 33.0
20’ Reefer 5534 2316 2231 3030 27450 30480 29.9
40’ Reefer 11563 2294 2161 4600 29400 34000 60.0
40’ HC Reefer 11578 2295 2425 4640 25480 30480 67.8
20’ Open Top 5879 2350 2347 2350 28130 30480 32.5
40’ Open Top 12022 2345 2315 3740 26740 30480 65.3
20’ Hard Top 5886 2342 2375 2590 27890 30480 32.8
40’ Hard Top 12020 2342 2313 4700 25780 30480 67.2
40’ HC Hard Top 12020 2342 2618 4900 25580 30480 75.8
20’ Tank Unit Technical particulars depend on manufacturer and cargo type.

Guidelines on selecting a shipping container for rent

Going with an established depot to select a shipping container for rent gives you the freedom to outfit your shipping container for any purpose. Renting gives you a wide variety of options to tailor the container to your requirement, so making the most of this opportunity is the key to profitably renting. The lack of maintenance and repair costs, the ability to use a container without having to store it, and the competent global rates make renting a lucrative option to consider when shipping your cargo.

Besides, sea containers are used for a variety of purposes, not just for shipping. They can be used for inland transportation, to double up as an office space, for extra storage on short notice, as a packing station for frozen and chilled goods, and even as a spacious living space.

Before booking, inspect the container for any wear and tear. All units must be certified by the Container Safety Convention (CSC), which issues a plaque for rated safe containers. The IILC 5 rating is the highest and warrants that the container is entirely secure. The CW (Cargo Worthy) rating notes that the unit has some wear but is still safe to be used for shipping. The WWT (Wind and Water Tight) indicates that the unit can no longer be used for shipping. A CSC plaque is only available for the IICL 5 and CW rating.

An on-hire container surveyor can certify that a unit is safe and meets ISO requirements. The shipping container rental cost can vary widely based on the depot and type of containers. Closer to major industrial hubs, the charges tend to increase due to higher demand.

Choosing the right shipping container for rent

MT Container GmbH is a trusted container depot based out of Hamburg, Germany. Operational since 2008, we are known for our expertise and wide range of container selections. Clients can opt for both renting and buying our units with a host of additional features. Our team of trained experts also handles container repairs and maintenance.

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