Frequently Asked Questions

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Who We Are

Multi Cargo Shipping Containers.com is an amazing and innovative way to connect shipping container buyers to shipping containers from around the world. We function as an e-commerce marketplace with upfront pricing listed on our site and automated checkout. We facilitate and support every transaction from start to finish until you are 100% satisfied. Our website fully automates the process but we also have support staff standing by, for any assistance needed.

What are shipping containers made of?

Shipping containers are made of high-grade COR-TEN Steel. They are non-corrosive and rust-resistant. They are made to endure years of heavy use on the high-seas, often in the most brutal conditions.

How secure are shipping containers?

Basic security is done by fitting a padlock onto the doors. This stops the “walk-by” or crimes of opportunity. But for a thief intent on getting in, the container can be modified and fit with a steel hasp or locking box across the two doors, at about chest height. This is basically a steel box that fits over the lock, making it difficult to tamper with. At this point, the only way to break in is with a blow-torch or steel grinding/cutting gear, which makes a lot of racket. We’ve also seen motion detectors for shipping containers and other high tech solutions if you’d like additional security.

Do I need city permission for a storage container?

Generally speaking, storage containers are considered temporary structures and don’t normally need permissions. But if you are considering using your container as a permanent attachment to your house (i.e. as an addition, etc.), then it’s always good to check with your local city planning commission.

Are shipping containers subjected to or affected by condensation?

Metal surfaces that are exposed to variations in temperature will develop condensation. Evidence has shown that corrugated metal is less affected by condensation. Also, shipping containers have a slight bow at the top so that moisture will roll down the sides instead of puddling on the roof. And, of course, certain types of paint resist condensation. Condensation generally occurs when a container is positioned on ground that can become cold and damp. This cold, damp air permeates through the metal. Since all air has moisture in it, and that moisture will condense into water droplets, the key is to keep the container as air and water tight as possible. Also, items inside the container that may be damaged by water should be placed on pallets or racks to prevent being damaged in case condensation forms.

Do shipping containers require maintenance?

Shipping containers require very little maintenance because the steel work is very high quality. After all, they’re designed to carry expensive cargo securely over the high-seas. Containers of this type can expect a life span of over 50 years. The door hinges and locking bars may require a bit of oiling from time to time, but that’s about it. Once your container begins to age, you may need to keep up with painting the areas that have been dented or scratched, as they are prone to light rusting over long periods of time.

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