How Much Impact Can a Shipping Container Withstand?

Shipping containers have revolutionised the way that cargo is transported around the world. They are made from congratulated steel and built to be extremely durable and long-lasting. This means that shipping containers can be used to transport large volumes of goods securely while withstanding harsh weather conditions associated with sea travel and long-haul transport.

Along with shipping, containers also have various storage applications and are often used to store large or heavy loads safely on-site. Most people are aware that containers are extremely strong and resistant to damage, but do you know how much impact a shipping container can withstand?

Health and safety is a top priority when it comes to handling shipping containers. It is essential that you understand how to use a shipping container safely and know how to get the most out of your container. The good news is that shipping containers are one of the most durable and well-built structures available and offer the ideal solution when it comes to your shipping and storage needs. With that in mind, let’s look at what makes shipping containers so strong.

Durable materials

Most shipping containers are constructed from congratulated steel, which is one of the strongest materials on earth. Steel is used in shipping containers due to its durability and superior ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and resist atmospheric corrosion. Steel is extremely resistant to damage and should remain in excellent condition for many years.

Detailed construction

Shipping containers are manufactured in line with a detailed and lengthy construction process. The different elements of the container are made separately before being assembled. Steps are taken throughout the construction process to improve the overall strength of the container. For instance, square tubing is welded along the top and bottom of all panels to boost the strength of the structure. Shipping containers are built with durability in mind and can have a high load and weight capacity. To give you an idea, most 20 ft shipping containers have a load capacity of up to 32 cubic meters and can safely carry a weight of up to 44,000 lbs. 

Rigorous Inspections

Containers undergo rigorous inspections before they leave the shipping container depot. In most cases, shipping container testing involves the following: racking test, stacking test, sidewall strength test, door strength test, floor test, front end wall strength test, roof test and maximum gross weight testing. If any issues are found, then repairs are carried out before the container is shipped to its intended destination. You can also purchase an ISO shipping container to ensure that your container offers the highest levels of durability and quality. An ISO container is any type of shipping container which is designed, manufactured, tested and certified to the standards set by the International Standards Organisation, in terms of size, strength and durability.


Shipping containers can last for more than 25 years with the correct care and maintenance. Most new shipping containers also come with a generous warranty of 10 years or more. This will give you peace of mind that your container will give you many years of hassle-free service.

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