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A Guide To Shipping Container Weights

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11th February 2020

You might not think that the weight of your unit 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 up with your belongings, water treatment plants, office supplies or anything else that you choose. However, when it comes to the transportation of the unit, weight becomes an important consideration.

Given the weight 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. 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 freight box 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.

Intermodal’s come in a range of different sizes, and therefore, weights. They can also be customised and fitted with accessories such as doorslining or racking – which can also it’s weight.

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

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

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

It is essential to be aware, however, that when it’s 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 yours is being delivered, it is important that you let us know so that we can make alternative arrangements. For example, if you have ordered two, they may need to be delivered separately instead of on a single truck.

Moving Your Shipping Container

Another consideration to be taken is if you want to move it. Most use either a forklift truck or a tractor and chains to lift the unit. While some Intermodal’s have forklift pockets built into them, others don’t, so you should check before trying to move it.

You should note that most 20ft units will have forklift pockets – but most 40ft’s, won’t.

By checking the weight, 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 units weight or potential challenges regarding delivery or transport, we recommend you consult an expert such as ourselves to guide you through the entire process.

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