Buying Guide



Why is Condition Important for a Container Purchase?

A. You need to know exactly which containers you are looking to purchase. It’s important to purchase the right shipping container that depends on your requirements, purpose, and usage.
B. Determining what condition you want or need your containers to be in for your project to save money.
C. Perform an inspection, whether formal or informal. There are a dizzying variety of inspections that can and do take place in a container’s life, include the inspection you may do yourself during the purchase of your shipping containers.

When to Inspect your Shipping Containers?

A. Pre-Purchase Inspection Guidelines
An inspection conducted before the purchase of your containers is desirable. If you’re geographically close enough to the location of the containers or (container depot), you can drive there and do the inspection in-person. Otherwise, a photo or video inspection may have to suffice.

B. Post-Purchase Inspection Guidelines
A post-purchase inspection typically takes place after the containers are delivered to your depot or building site. Remember that a successful inspection is dependent on someone being there to conduct it. You always want to be on-site when your containers arrive, or at the very least, have a trusted and competent person there to receive and inspect them for you.


How and What to Inspect?

The inspection methodology we recommend is relatively simple and doesn’t require any specialized equipment or knowledge. Rather, it’s primarily a detailed visual and functional inspection of all parts of the container. By breaking the container up into its constituent parts, you can follow a procedure and ensure nothing is missed.

For the visual inspection, the fundamental rule we encourage you to use is to scan with your heads and eyes in a direction perpendicular to the direction you’re walking. For instance, if you’re inspection the floor, walk front to back and scan left and right. If you’re inspecting a wall, walk front to back while scanning up and down. This simple technique will ensure your eyes see every inch of the container.

There are a handful of tools that will be useful as you conduct your inspection, and you probably already have most of them.

First is an extra-long selfie-stick with a remote shutter button which allows you to get pictures and videos that are difficult or dangerous to reach by hand.

Next is a flashlight which is necessary for the interior inspection. A ladder or step stool can be useful to visually check the top beams and roof. And finally, a hammer or other heavy, metal object can be used to check rust severity.



1. Structural frame
2. Underside
3. Walls
4. Roof
5. End Doors
6. Interior
7. Floor
8. Documentation
9. CSC Plate


1. New Built (CSC plate, ISO certificate & lockboxes)
2. IICL (Institute of International Container Lessors )
3. Cargo worthy
4. Wind and Water Tight
5. AS IS “where is”