What to Consider When Moving Your Shipping Container
May 2022

What to Consider When Moving Your Shipping Container

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When moving your shipping container a great distance or even just from one town to another, there are a number of things that you should consider.

Keep in mind that moving your shipping container isn’t just as simple as loading it up and driving it to your destination. It will involve some prep work, paperwork and legalities.

You also want to make sure you are following all safety protocols and that your storage items are packed in your container securely. After all, it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to your precious (and probably costly) cargo.

If you are planning a move and unsure of what factors you need to consider regarding your new shipping container, look no further. In this article, we will discuss the key factors and common issues that you need to deal with before moving your shipping container.

Mode of Transportation and Equipment

The distance that you are transporting your shipping container will determine some factors such as cost and the mode of transportation that you should use. It goes without saying that further distances will be more costly and require more preparation.

Shipping containers can be moved from location to location by trucks, trains, ships and other heavy-duty machinery. If you are only moving your container a short distance, a crane or a forklift might be a good choice. If you choose to use a forklift, ensure that you are using the right model and not a standard forklift. Use a forklift that is intended to lift at least 15,000 pounds. This way, you don’t cause any damage during the move or create an accident.

A crane should work also, but keep in mind that you will require special licensing to use one. If you do obtain a licence, a crane can save you more time, as it’s easier to place and position your container using one. Whichever method you choose, review your options carefully and consider the distance you are travelling, the costs, and any licensing that you may need.

High Cube Containers

High cube containers are slightly larger (approximately a foot taller) than standard shipping containers. This means that they are bulkier when transporting from one location to another.

If you are travelling where there are cable wires or low bridges, you may want to be mindful of that extra headspace that comes with high cube containers. Also, keep in mind that high cube containers will need a step-deck truck to be transported. Step-deck trucks have flat platforms and are lower than standard to accommodate the extra height of high cube containers.

This also requires the use of a crane or forklift to move it. So, if you have a high cube container or are thinking of renting one, you need to be mindful of a few extra factors as these containers follow different guidelines due to their size and shape.

No Flammables

When renting a shipping container and moving it any distance, you need to be aware of what you can and cannot store in these containers. You never want to store hazardous chemicals or corrosives in your shipping container. Keep your container clear of batteries, gasoline, bleach, fireworks and any other chemical or flammable materials.

Never store living things (such as plants or pets) or perishable food items, which can cause mould, bad odours and attract rodents and insects. If you have these items and need to move them as well, it’s best to keep them with you personally.

If you are unsure of what constitutes as hazardous material, do not hesitate to contact your shipping container company who will guide you as to best practices and what you can/cannot store in your container.

Follow All Guidelines and Keep Paperwork

When moving your shipping container, you want to make sure you are following and adhering to all rules and guidelines. This means signing applicable waivers and legal paperwork and keeping these documents handy in case you should need to show them or retrieve them.

Keep your bill of lading and any receipts associated with the use of your shipping container and make sure you are informed of what you can and can’t do with your shipping container. This often means reading up on the Department of Transportation regulations in your town or state.

Hiring Moving Services

You should also be aware that there are shipping container moving services that you can pay for. Many shipping container companies that provide rentals also offer these services for your convenience. If you are renting a shipping container, speak to the company you are renting from about any additional moving services. They can usually take care of it all for you so that you needn’t worry about the little things. This is one option that takes the stress and added pressure off your back!

All in all, moving is easier said than done. Make sure to have all your plans in place and go over any guidelines and safety protocols before moving your shipping container.

The last thing you want is to be a moving fire hazard or liability. If ever you are unsure, do not hesitate to contact your shipping container company. They can help guide you as to the right way to load your cargo and move your container.

For more information on shipping containers for rent or to take a look at our various sizes of shipping containers, please contact Sigma Container at 1-877-225-7762 or contact us here. We pride ourselves in being an industry leader and in helping clients like you find affordable and convenient storage solutions. Contact us today to learn more about our premium, high-quality shipping containers. We would be more than happy to help.

Tom Bray is a freelance writer with over five years experience writing for online publications and over ten years in business and sales. He studied journalism and media and has written for various online outlets on multiple topics. His specialty subjects are shipping containers and transport logistics.

Tom’s passion for writing and transport logistics motivates him to provide frequent direct marketing content that can show you how a shipping container can be effectively utilized and modified to each person’s needs.

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