Knowing how to buy a shipping container in Australia isn’t always as straight forward as it seems. With variability on the sizing, features, pricing, and even the availability of what you want, it’s important to firstly know what you want to use your shipping container for before you purchase one.

Shipping containers can be used for a range of things from storage for excess items for home or your business, packaging your house contents when moving, creating extra short term space or even to create tiny homes.

But how do you go about the process to buy a shipping container in Australia?

What Will the Shipping Container Be Used For?

We mentioned above that it is a good idea to know what you will need your shipping container for, as you will also need to consider whether you need any customisation or modification. The usage of the container will help you decide on the size and the right type of container.

Do You Need it Permanently?

While many people this that purchasing a container is the easiest option, if you only need it on a temporary basis, you may be better off hiring one instead of purchasing. If however, you are doing to be using the container permanently, or if you need modifications done, purchasing is the best way to go.

What Size Do You Need?

As part of working out what you will use your shipping container for, it’s important to know what size you need. There are three main sizes available – 10ft, 20ft and 40ft. 10ft containers are good for small tasks or storage, a 20ft container is the most versatile, and the 40ft is the large container usually used for big commercial needs.

New or Used?

When planning on buying a shipping container you need to consider whether a new or used container is the best option for you. Most buyers consider the condition and history of the container and what they will be using it for. “A grade” containers are in the best condition and tend to be between 8-12 years old and have very little damage; “B grade” containers are a little older (10-14 years), and have some rust or light damage but are still water and air tight; “C grade” containers are a budget friendly model, a bit battered around, and possibly not water or air tight.

At Shipping Containers Sydney, we invite you to inspect our containers prior to purchase and talk to us about any customisation or modification you may need. Contact us today to discuss your needs.