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Sourcing the Best Shipping Container: Top Ten US Ports

Shipping ContainersIf you are in the market for a shipping container or have already acquired a shipping container, it is helpful to understand where shipping containers come from.

Whether a new “one-trip” container or a used container, shipping containers start their life in Asia and are shipped by boat to the United States. Excess shipping containers arrive in U.S. ports and are stored in terminals and depots adjacent to the ports.


PortsSince shipping containers in the U.S. are sourced from ports, it is helpful to know which ports in the U.S. have the largest volumes of shipping traffic. This important as the volume of shipping traffic affects the both the pricing and availability of shipping containers in your area.

At Container Alliance, we have created lasting relationships with the biggest and best shipping lines and leasing companies in the industry and are very careful in the products that we select.


As presented in National Real Estate Investor, the Top 10 US Ports are:


Shipping Container in a Port

10. Port Everglades, FL

9. Tacoma, WA

8. Charleston, SC

7. Oakland, CA

6. Houston, TX

5. Norfolk, VA

4. Seattle, WA

3. Savannah, GA

2. New York, NY

1. Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA

Excess shipping containers have a wide variety of applications outside of shipping. These applications include being used for offices, residences, and storage. At Container Alliance, we are proud to offer a number of sizes and types of ship containers for sale or rent. We also offer a wide range of custom container modifications.

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Container Alliance Unveils New Lower Pricing

Whether it’s finding a shipping container for sale or securing a storage container rental, Container Alliance has creative storage solutions that help customers avoid unnecessary expenses. If you are looking for a company that can provide everything from a high cube container or a Conex container to an insulated shipping container, consider utilizing the services of

“Provider of new and used shipping containers utilizes its network to provide best pricing in national container industry…”

The Container Alliance is a nationwide network of storage container providers who have banded together to meet the requirements of customers who want to buy shipping containers or find storage containers for rent. Customers benefit from the experience, knowledge and geographic locations of Alliance members. With a group of this size – we are also able to provide the best prices of shipping containers in the national industry to our customers.

One example of this benefit is the new lower price of shipping containers, exclusively on 20 foot one-trip containers, which was recently unveiled by Container Alliance.

Shipping Containers for Sale

One trip containers are manufactured overseas, usually in Asia, with the intention of being shipped with a single container cargo load. Once the shipping containers reach their destination, they are often made available as used containers for sale. These containers are an excellent choice because they have not spent time deteriorating on the ocean or in container depots, warehouses, or terminals. They have not been handled as many times, so they don’t have the dents, dings and surface rust often seen with the “as is” containers sometimes available. One trip containers are often referred to as “new” or in “like new” condition since they have only made one trip across the ocean.

The main advantage of buying one trip containers, is that you don’t have to deal with the maintenance needs and aesthetics of other used containers. They have to be strong enough to endure the ocean passage, and these steel shipping containers are often made of weathering steel, known as COR-TEN® Steel. COR-TEN® is a type of weathering steel produced by US Steel that uses alloying elements such as copper, silicon, chromium, and nickel to enhance the steel’s atmospheric corrosion resistance. The addition of these elements results in a high-strength steel that typically exhibits a 50 ksi minimum yield strength. Because of its inherent toughness, weathering steel is used extensively for ISO shipping containers.

One trip containers are manufactured and painted in a controlled environment using multiple layer paint application, which provides distinct advantages over the typical container “refurbishment.” Refurbished containers often have rust problems under the paint; they are often deteriorated steel containers with the rust simply painted over. One trip containers look exactly like what they are, “new containers.” They are not painted bright colors with a shipping label or company advertisement on them, and typically do not need to be repainted.

20ft double door container

In 2012 Container Alliance started a new program bringing in one trip 20’ containers, one trip 40’ containers and one trip 40’ high cube containers with doors on both ends. Double door one trip containers are built under ISO shipping container specifications. The only difference is that the front end wall and corner castings and pillars have been replaced with an additional cargo door with standard ISO security locking bars, element and rodent proof seals, and easy-to-use handling gear.

Double door containers are more accessible with access from both sides. You can reach more items with ease and create a more flexible and efficient storage solution. If you need storage container rental, consider this option so you won’t have to worry about what you will store first. With double doors, the back can become the front and the front can become the back.

Container Alliance has access to a variety of shipping container types and sizes through its national network. If you are looking for a shipping container for sale, find out if our new lower pricing of 20 foot one trip containers is right for you.

About Container Alliance – Container Alliance has an expansive network of providers across the United States. Whether it’s finding a shipping container for sale in your area, or learning more about short-term or long term container leasing, Container Alliance has creative storage solutions that help customers avoid unnecessary expenses. If you are looking for a company that can provide everything from a high cube container or a Conex container to insulated shipping containers, consider utilizing the services of Container Alliance. Get in touch with us via our Facebook page, or call 888-896-5084 for a complimentary one hour consultation, or request a free copy of “The Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Container Alliance.”

Used Shipping Containers for Sale: Financial Factors to Consider

Storage Containers for Sale

You know your company is looking for a shipping container for sale, and the low cost of used shipping containers may prompt you to go for an “as is” container and call it a day. While the promise of such immediate savings can make the choice of a used container seem like a no-brainer, there are several other factors that can come into financial play.

Frequency of Use

If you need a container for infrequent deliveries or temporary storage, buying any type of container might not make financial sense. You may end up better in the long run if you instead opt for shipping or storage container rental which provides you with a high-quality, top-of-the-line container for one-time or infrequent use.

Renting instead of outright purchasing a used container can particularly make sense if you need modified, refrigerated or insulated shipping containers that are typically priced much higher than a standard conex container.

Price of Aesthetics

You can’t get around the fact that most used containers for sale will have scratches, dents or dings. Due to the heavy workload they endured throughout their lives at various ports and drop-off locations, they may show surface rust or other unsightly blemishes. Some used containers for sale may also come plastered with a wide array of different shipping labels from the legion of companies that used the container in the past.

Aesthetics may not mean much if you’re looking to buy shipping containers for your company’s own private use. It may not matter much if a used container arrives with dents, dings and scratched paint if you are shipping parts, supplies or cargo from one company location to another. Likewise, no one may care if the private storage container kept in the far reaches of your company’s industrial yard sports a dozen of different paints or labels.

If aesthetics are not a factor, used containers may very well serve your needs at a fraction of the cost as new ones would.

Possible Refurbishing Costs

If aesthetics are a factor, you may spend more time, money and other resources sprucing up a used container than it would have cost to simply invest in a new one. This can especially come into play if you plan on using the container for long-term storage or as architecture, such as transforming a high cube container into a mobile shop, display stand at industry events or setting up a mobile shop that travels with and sells your goods across the nation.

Sales from a scratched-up or rusted container may not be as profitable as those from a brand new container that presents a pristine display.

If setting up shop is a temporary, one-time deal you may benefit once again by considering a high-end shipping or storage containers for rent may end up costing you less than purchasing a used container you’ll need to spend time revamping. Rental would also certainly cost less than purchasing a new one.

Potential Cost of Used Shipping Container Modifications

If you are going for something as highly visible as a traveling store, industry event display or outbuildings or offices for your company, you may be thinking about modifying your container to suit your specific needs. Modifications on used containers can include everything from adding an electrical system to changing the type of door, from installing a heating and cooling system to repainting the container with the company’s colors and logo.

Since modifications can be costly, you will probably want to start with the highest quality container from the get-go to ensure the container will provide a firm foundation for your alterations. While a used container may still seem attractive for its low initial investment, you may be better off in the long run by starting with a clean slate, so to speak, and a brand new container.

About Container Alliance:shipping container sizes,types and new or used container options, it has long been a leading force for companies looking to buy or rent shipping containers across the globe. Visit the company website at or call (888) 896-5084.

Storage Containers For Rent: Financial Factors To Consider

40ft ISO Dry One Trip Container

Container Alliance is an exclusive network of portable storage and shipping container providers that have the experience, knowledge and geographic locations to meet all of your container needs. Many clients choose to rent mobile storage containers as a means of storing contents because of their advantages over standard mini-storage. They might be moving from one location to another and need to store items during the transition. Sometimes they have received a large shipment and do not have sufficient storage in their current facility. At other times, production might have outpaced demand so that inventory needs to be stored until sales can catch up with the supply.

When there is no definite long-term need for storage, it makes sense to consider cargo container rentals. Renting or leasing is a cost-effective way of gaining access to a portable storage container without spending thousands of dollars up front. Alliance members can easily find shipping containers for rent in all major metropolitan areas throughout the nation for this purpose. Here are some financial factors to take into consideration when finding shipping containers for rent:

  • Length of Time: The cost of renting a container to be used for a short period of time is much more economical than finding a shipping container for sale.
  • Transportation Costs: When you buy shipping containers you may be responsible for transportation arrangements and costs. When you rent a shipping container, the Container Alliance partner usually takes care of delivering and picking up your unit.

  • Durability: When you rent ISO (International Standards Organization) shipping containers for storage purposes, you will find that they are extremely durable because they have been engineered to withstand heavy loads and ocean travel.

  • Usage: Dry, as opposed to refrigerated or insulated shipping containers, typically range in “rental costs” from around $75 per month to $295 per month. Depending on what you are storing, dry containers are usually the most cost-effective.

  • Delivery Costs: It is possible that the Container Alliance member in your area will charge less for delivery on a cargo container rental than they would charge if you purchased the container and had it delivered to the same location.

  • Insurance or Damage Waiver Fees: These are often added to your monthly rental amount. Many partners extend their insurance benefits to customers, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of making sure your insurance covers the container you are renting.

  • Rental Period: The standard rental period is 28 days, but there are many variations. Companies may offer daily rates or weekly rates at a slightly higher amount than monthly rates.

  • Delivery and Installation: Because there are various shipping container sizes, you must have a site that is capable of accepting delivery of your storage container and that is suitable for its installation. Most partners will deliver a container using a “tilt bed” roll-off style truck or trailer. As a general rule of thumb, these trucks typically require 60-80 feet in a straight line, with 14-20 feet of overhead clearance. There must be a firm driving surface as the loaded truck may weigh in excess of 30,000 pounds. The resting location for the container must also have a firm surface, and usually requires supports at each of the corners.

All of these factors must be taken into consideration when estimating the cost to rent a storage container. In some situations, it may make more sense to consider finding used shipping containers for sale instead of going through the effort of a rental. The unique vendor matching system at helps those seeking to buy a used shipping container, locating shipping containers for rent, or find information on how to rent shipping containers.

About Container Alliance – Whether you want to secure a cargo container rental or buy shipping containers, Container Alliance has the creative storage solutions available that will help avoid unnecessary expenses. If you’re looking for a company that can provide everything from a high cube container or a Conex container to an insulated shipping container, consider utilizing the services of ContainerAlliance.comVisit the website and Facebook page or call 888-896-5084 for a complimentary one hour consultation or a free copy of “The Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Container Alliance.”

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