You might not think that the weight of your shipping container is particularly important, and once it’s been set down on a firm surface, this is somewhat true if you’re using it for storage. Providing that you have an adequate base, you can then load your shipping container up with your belongings, water treatment plants, office supplies or anything else that you choose. However, when it comes to the transportation of your shipping container, weight becomes an important consideration.

Given the weight of a shipping container is spread across its four corners, it is essential that you keep it on a flat surface such as solid concrete, concrete paving slabs or railway sleepers once you buy a shipping container. This will prevent it from sinking or becoming unsteady and will make sure that the windows and doors are properly aligned and can, therefore, open and close as they should.

Delivery of your Shipping Container

The weight of your shipping container is especially important when it is being delivered. For instance, you need to be sure that there are no weight restrictions on the roads which lead to the delivery location.

Shipping containers come in a range of different sizes, and therefore, weights. They can also be customised and fitted with accessories such as doors, lining or racking – which can also affect the container’s weight.

The weight of your shipping container could also depend on how old it is – with older containers generally weighing slightly more than newer ones. You will be able to find the actual weight written on the side of the shipping container, but as a general rule, the weights of an empty shipping container are as follows:

  • 8ft – 1 ton
  • 10ft – 1.5 tons
  • 20ft – 2.4 tons
  • 30ft – 3. tons
  • 40ft – 4 tons

The ‘high cube’ shipping containers will naturally weigh slightly more than the ‘standard’ ones given their extra height.

It is essential to be aware, however, that when your shipping container is being delivered it will also be loaded onto a lorry whose weight must also be taken into account. If you suspect that weight might be a problem when you are having your shipping container delivered, it is important that you let us know so that we can make alternative arrangements. For example, if you have ordered two shipping containers, they may need to be delivered separately instead of on a single truck.

Moving your Shipping Container

Another time when the weight of your shipping container should be a consideration is if you want to move it. Most use either a forklift truck or a tractor and chains to lift containers. While some shipping containers have forklift pockets built into them, others don’t, so you should check before trying to move it.

You should note that most 20ft shipping containers will have forklift pocket – but most 40ft containers, won’t.

By checking the weight of your shipping container, you can ensure that your base is adequate and that there will be no issues when it comes to delivery or when you try to move it yourself.

If you have any doubts about your shipping container’s weight or potential challenges regarding delivery or transport, we recommend you consult an expert such our ourselves to guide you through the entire process.