According to ISO 668:1995(E), a shipping container means an article of transport equipment which is:
a) of a permanent character and accordingly strong enough to be suitable for repeated use;
b) specially designed to facilitate the carriage of goods, by one or more mode of transport, without intermediate reloading;
c) fitted with devices permitting its ready handling, particularly its transfer from one mode of transport to another;d) so designed as to be easy to fill and empty;
e) stackable; and,
f) having an internal volume of 1 cubic meter or more.
Containers in general can be classified into two main groups: standard and non-standard.
The former are those complying with international standards (ISO) and can be used in international shipping. The later have length and width dimensions similar to those of ISO boxes but have different heights and weights and, therefore, may not be inter-modal worldwide.
According to ISO 6346 (1996), freight containers consist of following main categories:
Should I Lease or Buy?
Leasing is not applicable for someone who is planning to modify and use an ISBU in a construction project. You always want to buy your ISO shipping container. Leasing is only for a short term storage situation.
How To Buy A Shipping Container
You know, freight containers have a life-span of over ten years as receptacles in shipping industry. After such period, these useful units likely do not qualify for shipping due to damages, wear and tear during shipping process.
What happens to those no longer in uses? Scrapped, mostly. That kind of work requires considerable energy, time, and expenses when taking into account a large number of containers becomes over-aged every year.
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