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How to Prepare for a Shipping Container Delivery

So you just purchased a shipping container. It should be dropped on your scheduled date and it’s all smooth sailing from there, right?. That is not always the case. We want to help you avoid any possible outcomes that might delay your container delivery. We have some helpful tips on how to prepare your site for dropoff and some insight into how our deliveries work.


We ask that you have the area where you would like the container fully prepared before arrival. To make sure that we are fast and efficient with delivery the following should all be confirmed with your sales representative:

1. Clear Road/Pathway- Any possible problems with a route that our trucks take should be reported ahead of delivery with pictures. This also applies to any other possible snags such as trees or protruding structure. Adequate height clearance (16’) and width (12’) is also required but the amount of length is typically the issue that tends to be a problem at delivery/pickup.

2. Truck Positioning- As a general rule of thumb you will need twice the length of the container plus 30 feet in a straight line to deliver the container with a standard tilt bed “roll off” style truck bed or trailer.

3. Container Drop Location- Aside from asphalt and concrete you can always use a Class II road base for your containers drop site. Gravel, for example, will provide you with adequate drainage so keep your container from collecting moisture. You will also want the area where your container is dropped to be level. When the surface is not flat and level the doors tend to have a tough time properly open. Railroad ties or treated wood are always an excellent option.


Containers are typically delivered with a tilt-bed roll off truck. The driver tilts the bed up, and the container touches the ground. The driver then pulls out from under the container. To get out from under the container the driver needs at least the length of the container and the tilt bed truck, in a straight line. We always encourage as pictures and any additional information that would make the trip easier for our drivers.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your delivery please give us a call at (800) 386-2354 or email us at

Powered Container Preparation

It is important that both electrical power and physical site requirements are met prior to receiving equipment. Site preparation work is the responsibility of the customer (renter/lessee) and should be coordinated and paid for by the same.

Electrical Requirements

It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that all electrical work completed on their property meets local codes. The customer should question any system requirements that are not understood. It is recommended that the customer contract a local licensed electrician to ensure power/service requirements are met by the facility.


Units operate on 460/480 VAC, 3-phase, 60 Hz power with a maximum electrical load, under rated operating conditions, not to exceed 18.75 kVA. The power consumption shall not exceed 15kW.

If 460/480 VAC is not available it is the customer’s responsibility to determine the power voltage available and communicate the same to you. You should dispatch equipment fitted with a step-up power transformer to meet the customer’s needs. Step-up transformers to accommodate either 208VAC or 230/240 VAC, 3-phase, 60 Hz power.
are recommended.

If the customer plans to invest in new electrical service in for this application, 460/480 VAC would be the more economical choice.

Phase Sequence

Since the compressor motor, which is the only 3-phase component on the refrigeration system, can rotate in either direction, having the proper “phase” sequence is not an issue. Fan motors are single phase.

Reefer Unit Circuit Breakers

FYI – These breakers are built into the reefer system.
460/480 VAC (25 amp) circuit breaker – must trip at 29 amps (standard) 230/240 VAC (50 amp) circuit breaker – must trip at 62.5 amps (optional) 208 VAC (70 amp) circuit breaker (optional)

Hardwiring vs. Use of Receptacles

There are two ways to connect the unit’s voltage power cable to electrical service.

1) Hardwiring – which typically requires that a licensed electrician connect each of 3 power legs and one ground connection to an electric service panel.

2) Receptacles – if the unit will be connected and disconnected frequently this may be the best method to connect the unit to power.

Electrical Plugs

There are two plug designs on the market that can be used with this equipment, a marine, and a domestic type plug.

Marine plugs CEE-17:

All refrigeration systems should be provided with a 460/480 VAC marine design power plug. If the customer plans on using 230/240
VAC power, then the 460/480 VAC plug is necessary, it connects to the unit’s step-up transformer, see diagram at right.

If the customer will operate on 460/480 VAC and plans to hardwire the same, they can have their electrician remove the supplied plug upon arrival at their site. This plug should be reinstalled when returned. Missing plugs should be charged back
to the customer for both parts and labor.

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Marine Plug Specifications:
For 460/480 VAC power use 380/440 VAC, 32 AMP, 3-Pole, 4 Wire plug For 208/230/240 VAC power use 250 VAC, 50 AMP, 3-Pole, 4 Wire plug

Plug/Receptacle source – ERO Electric Reefer Outlets,

Domestic Plugs:

Trailer refrigeration systems with electric standby typically use a domestic type of plug. If the customer requires a domestic plug they will need to arrange for the purchase and installation of the same.

Domestic Plug/Receptacle Source – HUBBELL The customer’s electrician should determine if Hubbell’s TWIST-LOCK® devices (3 Pole, 4 wire ground plugs and receptacles available in both 480VAC, 50A, 3φ, and 250VAC, 50A, 3φ) meets their local requirements.

Land Site Preparation

Grounded Operation

If the unit will be placed on the ground, without a chassis (wheels), note the following points:

• Ensure there is sufficient space for a tilt-bed delivery truck or crane to safely unload the container.
• The surface that the unit will be placed on must be level and free of accumulating water.
• The unit must be placed within 50 feet of a power receptacle or service box.
• Containers are designed to be supported by their (4) corner castings. If the container cannot be placed on a level concrete surface where only the corner castings are touching the ground, use railroad ties or paving stones to support the corner castings. Never attempt to support the container from any other points on the bottom of the frame.
• Position the machinery end of the container no less than 3 feet from a wall or other objects that may block the airflow.


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• Units have 4ft wide, bi- fold swing rear doors. Ensure there are no physical obstructions to prevent doors from opening fully before “placing” unit.
• Units should be operated in areas with ambient temperatures below 100oF, and never exceeding 122 oF.
• Save on energy expenses by placing the refrigeration unit in a shaded area.
• If planning to operate container indoors, defrost drain line may need to be routed to a pail or collection device to meet OSHA standing water requirements. Additionally, the space may need to be ventilated to control the ambient temperature and limit the heat load on the refrigeration system.

Wheeled Operation

If the container will remain on a chassis while in use at the customer’s facility, the unit can be treated like a trailer. The only caveat being, the container must be unplugged from its stationary electrical power outlet and the 60’ cable properly coiled up and secured before moving the chassis.

How to Open and Close Shipping Container Doors

So you just purchased or rented your first shipping container. It is offloaded from the truck and you are finally ready to utilize your new acquisition until you realize you have no idea how to properly open and close the doors. It might seem relatively simple to some, but there can be a few snags along the way if the process is not correctly performed.

It is important to note that the container must be on as level a surface as possible.  If it’s not on an even surface, you may be required to shim up a corner(s), to ensure the container is level.

Once the container is level, proceed with opening the right-hand door first.

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(1) Once you rotate the handle hinges (also known as catches) upwards you simply pull the handle up and then rotate them out and towards you or away from you (depending on the container) so they are perpendicular to the face of the door.

 (2) The long silver poles called locking rods that are attached to both handles and the cam keepers rotate and allow the door to open.

 (3) The cam keepers lock the top and bottom of the door of the container and seal it shut. Rotating the handles will disengage the keepers and break the seal. Once all of the keepers are disengaged you simply pull the door open and repeat on the opposite side.

The process gets easier the more times you are run through it. However, there can be some problems along the way that you want to eliminate before you begin. Always check for any torn or damaged gaskets (rubber seals around the doors), uneven surfaces, rusted door seals. Unevenly distributed weight within the container can also prove to be a headache.

We would be happy to help you with any other problems or concerns you might run into. Feel free to contact Container Alliance at (800) 386-2345 or

Benefits of Refrigerated Containers


What are the benefits of refrigerated containers?

Our refrigerated containers often called “reefers” are capable of maintaining a designated temperature range between -20 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The ability to control the temperature provides precision and consistency to your perishable items. Our used refrigerated containers are dependable and in great condition. The refrigerated units come equipped with an all electric cooling system and are insulated as well. The containers are equipped with lockable double doors on one end, durable t-rail flooring, and offer a secure storage space along with easy access. These units are placed on ground level and are ready to store your cold items. The containers are durable and designed for outdoor use, but can be easily placed inside your warehouse for indoor cold storage. Refrigerated containers are a great alternative to diesel powered units!

Why would I want one?

  • Inventory Overflow Storage
  • Floral Industry
  • Commercial Kitchen Remodels
  • Restaurant Industry
  • Farming and Agriculture Storage
  • Chemical Supply and Manufacturing
  • Medical, Biomedical, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccines
  • Meat Processing
  • Seafood Wholesale
  • Food and Beverage Distribution
  • Produce Storage

What kind are there?

Rentals and for Purchase
20′ Refrigerated Container
Cubic Capacity
1,010 cu. ft. (967)**
Tare Weight
Max Gross
Max Payload
40′ Refrigerated Container 2,051 cu. ft. (1959)** 9,700 67,200 57,450
40′ High Cube Refrigerated 2,380 cu. ft. (2,289)** 9,590 70,550 60,960


How can I get them?

Still not convinced? Let our knowledgeable container experts talk to you further about the benefits of refrigerated containers. Contact Container Alliance, and we can help you find the right storage solution that fits your needs. We can answer any questions you may have! Give us a call at (800) 386-2345 or fill out our quick quote form.

The Mega Ship Documentary – A Shipping Container Vessel


Many people know what shipping containers are, but not many know exactly how containerization transformed world trade and globalization today. The largest container transport ships today can carry 18,000 shipping containers overseas. Containerized shipping has lowered transport costs and allowed access to goods from anywhere in the world.

“Globalization as we understand it today, simply would never have existed without it [containerization].” – Financial Times

This shipping container documentary, The Mega Ship, follows one of the largest shipping container vessels, “The Atlanta” as she navigates her way through the difficult and dangerous Singapore and Malacca Straits into the vast South China Seas and beyond. In one year, this ship travels over 2/3 of the way to the moon and carries over 200,000 containers. Worth 4.5 billion dollars, the Atlanta has a crew of only 22 people. The crew must be ready to handle any emergency including weather and modern day pirates. The Atlanta is built to sail extremely fast averaging about 23 nautical miles per hour. This means the ship is burning 240 tons of gasoline a day so the crew must be ready for any sort of fire emergency. In order to prepare for the most dangerous situation, a fire in the engine, the crew undergoes an extensive fire drill each week.

We follow the Atlanta as it faces one of the most stressful times for a ship of this size, arriving at port. The busy waterways prove difficult and dangerous to navigate through for a ship the size of a 10 story building. In order to successfully get through the waters into the port, they call in a harbor export. Through a number of specific maneuvers and careful movement, the Atlanta makes it into the Singapore port.

Among the standard 20’ and 40’ cargo containers the Atlanta carries, are refrigerated containers called “reefers.” The refrigerated containers rely on electricity and the crew has to check on them twice a day. The Atlanta can carry over 700 of these units that can carry millions of dollars worth of food. The ship also contains a desalinization plant that allows the seawater to be converted for consumption. As the crew travel into Southern China waters, they must be wary of pirates looking to either take the crew hostage or steal money and valuables. They make it through only to met by a dangerous storm. The captain gambles to sail into the storm and makes it through. The journey for these giant container vessels is not an easy task, and there are many threats that emerge.

And the purpose of it all? On board the captain has precious cargo worth millions of dollars, cleverly loaded in over 8000 shipping containers, which he must deliver to their eager owners, intact and on time.





What Is The Cost Of Shipping Containers?

TowerofcontainersRentalsThe cost of shipping containers varies depending on the geographical location, the condition of the container, modifications, size, and the cost of delivery. Used shipping container prices vary and are usually in the range of $1000-$5000. New or one trip shipping containers are usually more expensive and are usually in the range of $2000-$5000. For example, a basic bare-bones used container is much cheaper than a modified, custom-designed new container. If you hire a contractor to complete all the technical work, you are looking to spend $50-$150 an hour. The total cost of completing your project through a contractor could be up to $15,000 or more. If you are handy and have experience with construction then you could probably do it for $10,000 or less. Containers are made out of corrugated steel, commonly known as COR-TEN. Depending on the cost of steel prices, availability of containers fluctuates, along with pricing. Right now, steel is widely available at a relatively low cost so there are more new shipping containers being made. The high demand of shipping containers makes the price drop, creating an affordable building alternative.

Price Factors

Condition – At Container Alliance, a used container that needs some TLC or needs to be fixed can be as low as $1300 for a 20ft container. A 20ft one-trip container which is in new condition will usually go for around $2200.

Size – Shipping container prices increase with size and vary state-to-state.  The 40ft container is about 20%-30% more than a standard 20ft container. At Container Alliance, a used 40ft shipping container is about $1400 and a new or one trip 40ft container is about $3500. For only about $50-$100 more you can get a 40ft or 45ft High Cube. That is double the size for about a 70% price increase.

Modifications and Customization – Adding additional options such as a skylight, windows, a locking system, doors, ventilation, insulation, etc. are all going to cost you more. The more modifications you are looking for, the higher the price tag will be. 

Quantity – If you are buying more than one container, many shipping container companies will often offer a bulk discount rate so the cost per unit will be less.

Delivery – The prices vary depending on how many containers are being delivered and how far they have to travel. The further you are from a port location, the container will cost more.

Overall, the cost of shipping containers for your residential or business needs is drastically less than a finished structure such as brick and mortar buildings or building a home from scratch.  These buildings need larger and more expensive foundation, along with more intensive labor. Building with a shipping container will save you on the cost of human labor. If aesthetics are not of importance, buying a new container may not be necessary, a used container can save you money. However, a new container may be desired, especially if you are building a home and want to save money on refurbishing a used container.

Contact Us

At Container Alliance, we can help answer any questions about your container needs. We understand that every customer needs are different and our knowledgeable representatives can help figure out which container works best for your specific needs. Fluctuations in the container market can be confusing, give Container Alliance a call at (800) 386-2345 or fill out a quick quote form and let’s get the process started!

Shipping Container Paint Guide

DSC_0156Shipping containers are being virtually used for everything such as restaurants, shops, art pieces, storage, and even homes. You might have bought a used shipping container that was considered “cargo-worthy,” “as is” or “wind and watertight.” These are usually the cheapest container options on the market. “AS IS” containers are used units that have been retired by shipping companies. Most of these containers have light to heavy surface rust, scratches, dents, and come in various colors. Used containers are a great option because they are the most cost effective and there is an abundant supply of these containers. A single shipping container has traveled throughout the world and has been exposed to the marine environment. When the container is moved, the areas where the steel panels are joined together become weakened under stress and the original paint can crack or chip away. Due to the heavy use, water has an opportunity to collect in the corners and underneath the doors and remains stagnant. Painting shipping containers makes the cargo box more attractive in appearance and provides durability, ensuring the strength and integrity of the metal by keeping it free from rust. When you choose the right paint type, painting shipping containers also protects it from various elements. Ensure you find the best paint for your individual container, as there are various container paint options available. The first step is to determine how you will use the shipping container, the intended use will help you decide the best container paint type to use.


Now that you have purchased a used container that fits your needs. The size is right, the condition is strong and secure, and the price was right. Now it is time to paint your container. But why paint a container? Obviously, it is going to look better especially if it blends well with the rest of your home, business, or surroundings. If you are using it for marketing purposes, consider painting shipping containers for a fresh-looking exterior. But there is another reason you should paint your container. Painting your container adds an extra layer between the steel and the elements. Painting shipping containers will drastically slow down the spread of rust and will make your container last longer. When a container is chipped, dented, or damaged in a number of ways, these scars can speed up the process of rotting. Along with rotting, many people are concerned with the chemicals used in making the wood floor. If you are simply using a container for storage purposes, there is not much concern over the health risks. However, it is not a bad idea to seal off the floor with a thick coat of paint to prevent water damage and toxic fumes from creeping out. Any outdoor paint that is designed to be walked on and withstand the weather of all four seasons would work, for example, Behr Porch and Patio paint is a great choice.

Best Paint Option:
Water-based direct to metal paint (DTM) – Sherwin Williams and Valspar makes a good marine grade DTM paint

Rust Converter
Spot Priming any rust spots with a “rust converter” which transforms surface rust into a hard substance and then your container is ready to be painted. It also prevents the rust from spreading and secures the spot that is already rusted. I have heard good things about POR-15 rust treatment and rust prevention paint. Its high performance rust-preventive coating is designed for application directly on rusted or seasoned metal surfaces. The POR-15 dries extremely hard so it doesn’t chip, crack, or peel like ordinary paints and the hardness will resist the wear and tear of everyday life. POR-15 is ideal because it chemically bonds to rusted metal and forms a rock hard coating. It keeps moisture away from metal with a coating that is strengthened by continued exposure to moisture. This protective layer can then be painted over with your color of choice.

Ceramic Paint Insulation
What about ceramic paint insulation? Many people are wondering if ceramic insulation paint actually works and if so, how does it work? The dimensions of a container are not very big, if you insulate the inside of a container, you are not left with very much room to work with. On the other hand, If you insulate the outside of a container, the container loses the look and feel of a container. The “ceramic insulation” claimed to be developed by NASA and the supplier claims addresses “all three modes of heat transfer- Radiated, convected and conducted.” However, there have been no studies done to verify their insulating qualities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not suggest using paints or coatings as a primary source for insulation. Their government has recognized roofing paint for its energy efficiency but only the capability to reflect heat off the roof, not insulating the container to keep it cooler. In a study, they found that insulating paints can accomplish a “reduction in heat gain” of about 20% on freshly painted sun-exposed walls, but notes that such direct sunlight is limited, and the “reflectivity of the painted surface generally declines considerably with time.
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Extending the Life of Your Container

Extending the life of your shipping container can be done with little a bit effort and at an affordable cost. Over the course of time, a shipping container that is on a farm, ranch, or on a residential or commercial property will eventually succumb to the forces of nature and start to rust. The floors may even begin to rot inside your container. Take preventive actions and slow down the aging process with paint, a wire brush, and some vinegar.

The only way to completely get rid of rust is by getting the surface down to bare metal and then painting it with a two part paint. It is probably not necessary to chip the paint off the entire container because most of the rust that is visible is probably running down from rusty spots where the coating was damaged. Those spots are probably worst than the rest of the container because of their exposure to the marine environment. It is a good idea to wash and scrub the complete surface and then clean the stains with a diluted ospho.

Steps To Paint Your Container
The most effective way to clean up the rust to repaint a shipping container would be to sandblast the entire container, remove the paint, then remove the rusted areas, prime, and repaint the container. This would result in a completely refurbished container. However, the cost of this process could be more than the container itself.

If you want to cut the cost down and just remove rust and repaint the affected areas, get a wire brush, sandpaper, vinegar, and direct to metal (DTM) paint. A 20ft container needs about 3-4 gallons of paint. Try to remove as much of the rust as possible with the wire brush and sandpaper. Rub vinegar on those areas you cleaned and leave it on for a bit. This will stall the corrosion process. Now it is time to apply the DTM paint, ideally, you should apply more than one coat.

Clean your container – Preferably with a pressure washer – Remove dirt, debris, and loose paint chips. Pay close attention to the areas that need special attention. Don’t forget to clean the top of your container!

Grind down rust – Use Low grit sandpaper, steel wool, or a wire brush – Sand areas to remove the corrosion or loose paint. If those areas are not treated, they will compromise the paint later on. Spray wash the container again and rub vinegar on the areas you cleaned and that need special attention. Let your container completely dry.

Apply a “rust converter”– Apply over rusty areas with a paint brush and/or roller. A rust converter is similar to a steel primer and converts the rust into a hard, paintable surface. It also seals the formerly rusty surface from oxygen, which is part of the rust degradation process. Let dry.

Paint your container – Once the rust converter has completely dried, using a paint sprayer or a heavy paint roller is ideal when applying your paint.

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Have questions about painting your container? Container Alliance is able to paint your container for you, rather your are looking for a color that matches your home or business or a color that blends into your surroundings, one of our knowledgeable sales reps can help you make the decision and guide you in the right direction. Our years of experience in the container industry will save you time and money, we want to help you! We are also able to paint your container for you as a branding or marketing opportunity. Give us a call today at (800) 386-2345 or fill out a quick quote form now!

Shipping Container Dimensions

The two industry standard sizes of shipping containers are the 20ft and 40ft containers. Importers and exporters are at an advantage when it comes to packing up their container because their products are boxed and shipped from the manufacture. This makes it easy to access the amount boxes that fit on a pallet. If you are using a container to move, it is difficult to know how much of your stuff is going to fit into the container. Do you need a 20ft container or a 40ft container? Finding the perfect shipping container dimensions that will fit your entire home seems like an impossible task. Packing your items in a container can feel like a game of Tetris. Going through each room of your house or apartment and taking inventory of what is in each room will help give you a better idea of what standard container dimension you will need. Taking inventory of your home will also help with the organizational process when it comes time to load your container. At this time, you can discard any unwanted items or make a trip to Goodwill. Hopefully this guide provides a clear understanding of the shipping container dimensions as you embark on your journey to a new place!

20 ft container rental20ft Containers – The standard container dimensions of a 20ft container is 20ft long, 8ft 6in tall, and 8ft wide. It can hold about 850 to 1,050 cubic feet, and are usually big enough to fit a 1 to 2 bedroom household, or one vehicle with a few small household goods. The container filled to the maximum capacity is 1170 cubic feet but filled up to 90% capacity would be about 1,050 cubic feet. This is only an estimate and only work if everything fits like a puzzle piece – which rarely happens – so be sure to leave some extra space.

Cubic FeetQuantityTotal
Twin Bed
King Size Bed30
3 - Seater Couch45145
Washing Machine 15115
Refrigerator 10110
TV (Small)5210
Medium Boxes (18" x 18" x 18")4520
Large Boxes 8540
Dinner Table 50150
Suitcases 5420
BMW 3 SERIES 325i M Sport 2dr Step Auto Convertible 3.0670
Grand Total 1050

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CIMG037540ft Containers – The standard container dimensions of a 40ft container is 40ft long, 8ft 6in, and 8ft wide. It can hold about 1,850 to 2,200 cubic feet, and are typically appropriate for moving a 3 to 5 bedroom household, or 1 vehicle and a 2 bedroom household. The overall capacity of a 40ft container is 2,390 cubic feet. It is highly unlikely that you will fill your 40ft container to full capacity because of awkward shaped items. Make sure you have some extra room so you do not fall short. The 40ft shipping container dimensions are best for families and larger homes or large items such as vehicles.

Item Cubic Feet
Living Room / Kitchen / Dining Room / Laundry Room
Couch 3 Seater50
Sofa Bed50
Sofa Sectional30
Arm Chair10
Occasional Chair15
Lazy Boy25
Book Case20
Coffee Tables5
Wall Unit Small15
Wall Unit Large20
Cupboard small10
Cupboard Large15
Floor Lamp3
Upright Piano60
Baby Grand Piano70
Grand Piano80
Carpet and Rug10
Grandfather Clock20
Breakfast Chair5
Breakfast Table10
Kitchen Cabinet30
Utility Cabinet10
Refrigerator (Small)40
Refrigerator (Medium)45
Refrigerator (Large)55
Freezer (Small)45
Freezer (Medium)50
Freezer (Large)60
Washing Machine 35
Dishwasher 35
King Size Bed70
Full Size Bed 55
Twin Size Bed 40
Bunk Beds70
Dresser, Chest of Drawers
Ironing Board10
Side Tables10
Wardrobe Boxes
Small Dining Table20
Medium Dining Table 25
Large Dining Table 30
Dining Chairs5
China Cabinet25
Corner Cabinet 20
Outdoor Area
Barbecue 10
Lawn Chair5
Porch Chair10
Lawn Mower35
Outdoor Swings 30
Picnic Table20
Large Bookcase 15
Arm Chair10
Computer Desk 20
Conference Table 50
Drawing Table 20

Resource: Movehub 

Estimating the volume of your container
Generally speaking, a two-bedroom apartment will fill into a 20ft container. For example, if you take a typical 1,200 square foot apartment and pack it very well using boxes and bubble wrap, it should easily fit all your possessions in a 20ft container. This would be similar to a 2-3 bedroom house of about 2,000 square feet in a 40ft shipping container.

How many cars will fit in one shipping container? 
Varies with the size of the cars, but typically:

20ft Container
A large sedan, van, or small SUV when loaded flat without supporting frames
2 very low sports cars when loaded with supporting frames

40ft Container
2 large sedan, vans, or small SUV when loaded flat without supporting frames
3 or 4 sedans when angled and secured by frames

Container Alliance can help you find the right shipping container dimensions for your moving needs. Give us a call at (800) 386-2345 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives or fill out a quick quote form today!

The New Trend: Shipping Container Shops


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As a business owner, you’re always looking to cut costs, and shipping containers allow you to do just that. Modified shipping containers aren’t just for storage or tiny houses–stand out from the crowd and harness the mighty power of a modified shipping containers for your business! More and more business owners are realizing the benefits of using a modified shipping container to house their business. At Container Alliance, we have begun to see a new trend in shipping container architecture—shipping container shops!

Those big metal boxes that you see on the side on the road may look plain and ordinary, however they are anything but. A shipping container is the business owner’s secret weapon. Strong, secure, and cost effective, a shipping container can handle anything you throw at it!


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Container Alliance can modify any shipping container or storage container and transform it into the perfect space for your business in a matter of weeks if not days! Choose between a number of different lighting, insulation, electrical, and custom paint packages in order to create the perfect commercial or retail space for your business.

Harness the power of shipping containers for your business! Container Alliance has shipping containers in lengths from 10ft to 45ft with high cube (HC) and double door options available for lease or purchase.

At first glance, shipping containers and retail may seem like a bad idea. But with a little creative innovation, they can the perfect option for the savvy budget-conscious business owner. A customized shipping container shop hits the trifecta. Cost effective, flexible, and portable!


A custom shipping container is a cost effective option whether you are planning to open up a new business or simply expand your business at a new location.


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Modifying a shipping container into a commercial or retail space allows you to minimize your investment while maximizing profit. Think of it like a food truck or a pop-up shop. You don’t have to go through the lengthy process of finding a brick and mortar space that is properly zoned or with the hassle of extensive and expensive renovations and pesky inspectors. Nor do you have to settle for a space that is too big or too small because it’s the only space available that meets your criteria.

With a shipping container space, you pick the right size container for your business needs and customize it to your exact specifications. When it’s finished it is good to go, just hook it up to utilities and get cooking! Just imagine— you could have a shipping container coffee shop ready for business in a matter of days and for a fraction of the cost as a traditional space!

Housing your business in a modified shipping container could even help your business generate some free advertising. Shipping containers stand out from the crowd and generate conversation. You can even utilize custom paint for extra branding.



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Commercial shipping container spaces allow your business to have unprecedented flexibility when responding to customer needs and wants. First, containerizing your shop or restaurant gives you access to locations that are unaccessible with traditional brick and mortar store fronts. Take advantage of that small awkwardly shaped lot in the desirable location without spending a ton of money and time building out a custom retail space. Your containerized business can be placed anywhere there’s room and quickly customized for a fraction of the cost of traditional builds. Shipping container businesses also allow you to expand rapidly and easily. You can easily expand your square footage or even a second level to your business just by adding another shipping container!

Containerizing your business also lets you move locations with minimal costs. Instead of leaving behind a space that you painstakingly renovated, you can take your business space with you—appliances and all! Imagine the security of knowing that your shipping container restaurant could be moved completely intact if there were ever any issues. Or knowing that your shipping container shop could be moved to a new location with higher foot traffic in a matter of days!


Container Alliance provides shipping containers, storage containers, and custom container modifications in California and is part of a network of shipping container providers throughout the United States. We have been in business for 8 years and work with every client to find the perfect storage solution to meet their unique needs. You’ve got nothing to lose—give us a call at 800-386-2345 today and we’ll hook you up with a box, no matter where you are or what you want. Or get an online quote now.

Get a 10ft Container! They are Small but Mighty

At Container Alliance, we have shipping containers and storage containers available for rent and purchase in sizes from 10 ft to 45 ft. We provide portable storage solutions in new one-trip, wind and watertight, and refurbished  conditions.

When choosing a shipping 10ft-container-front-cargo-doorscontainer, many customers opt for the ISO standard 20ft storage container or 40ft storage container. However, some clients find these sizes to be unsuited to their placement site or simply too large for their storage needs.

Those who have limited space on-site or who need less storage space should consider renting or purchasing a 10ft container. 10ft containers only take up half the area of a standard parking spot and provide an impressive 582 cubic feet of storage space!


10ft-rollup-side-view1-630x32010ft storage containers are the most portable option available. Unlike our larger portable storage options, a 10ft container can be repositioned on-site with only a forklift. There is no need to go through the hassle and expense of getting a driver with a semi-trailer out to reposition your storage container!

The 10ft container is also ideal for those who are concerned about minimizing the aesthetic impact of a storage container on their property.

As with all storage containers, it is important to be aware of your needs when renting a 10 ft  storage container.  The majority of 10ft containers are cut down from 20ft or 40ft shipping containers, leaving only two corner posts on one side of the container. As such, most 10ft storage containers cannot be stacked or traditionally hoisted. If your needs include stacking or hoisting please contact a sales representative, as some custom 10ft four corner post storage containers may be available.

10ft storage containers have the same security and durability as 20ft and 40ft storage containers.  Our 10ft containers come equipped with secure cargo doors, a high-security lock box, and are wind and water-tight. Our team of specialist excel in shipping container modifications. Customize with windows, additional doors, electrical, or HVAC – the possibilities are endless!

Container Alliance provides shipping containers and storage containers in California and is part of a network of shipping container providers all around the United States. We have been in business for 8 years and work with every client to find the perfect storage solution to meet their unique needs. Purchase or rent storage containers with us! You’ve got nothing to lose—give us a call at 800-386-2345 today and we’ll hook you up with a box, no matter where you are. Or get a quote now!