How To Buy A
Shipping Container in Oakland
- Complete Buyer's Guide -

For over 23 years, Container Sales Group has offered affordable pricing on Cor-Ten Steel Shipping Containers, superior customer service, and the protection of our Water/Wind Tight Guarantee.

Buying a shipping container should be simple, but with so many vendors out there, how do you find the best container for storage, building or ocean export? The Complete Shipping Container Buyer's Guide, explains what you need to know to buy a New or Used Shipping Container in Oakland.

Container Types in Oakland

Shipping Containers (also known as freight containers, ISO containers, intermodal containers, shipping containers, high-cube containers, portable storage units, conex boxes or sea cans), are industrial-grade Cor-Ten Steel containers that are used for on the ground storage, intermodal cargo shipping and architectural building purposes.

Double Doors - One End of Container (New / One-Trip & Used)

New / One-Trip Container
Used Container

Double Doors- Both Ends of Container (New only)

Open Side (New only)

Open Top (New / One-Trip & Used)

Container Conditions / Grades

New/ One-Trip Containers- (aka One-Way Containers)

All new shipping containers are manufactured overseas and have made a one-way move with cargo over to the United States. These containers have not spent a lot of time on a vessel or being handled at the port they are an excellent choice for ocean export, ground-level portable storage or building.

Used IICL Containers- (IICL)

IICL stands for Institute of International Container Lessor. IICL has created a standard of inspection that ensures that an ISO Container is in adequate condition to be long term leased for cargo transportation. IICL often guarantees a high standard of quality (regarding the condition of the container) but also ensures that the container will also be dependable and last for many years. On average IICL units are newer, structurally sound, and have better cosmetic appearance than other used containers. Excellent for ocean export, ground-level portable storage or building.

Used Cargo Worthy Containers -(CW)

Cargo Worthy containers have been used to move a wide variety of products overseas all over the world. These units are typically, 10-15 years of age, made from strong Cor-Ten Steel, water/wind tight, and structurally sound for international cargo transport under CSC (Container Safety Convention) criterion. Once container is inspected by a professional surveyor, container will have a current CSC Plate and written survey certificate to provide to the steamship line.

Aesthetically, Cargo Worthy containers all have some exterior rust, dings, dents & welded patches. The floors are made from solid marine grade laminated plywood with steel horizontal bars running underneath the flooring every 4-6” running the length of the container. Container Sales Group guarantees that our Cargo Worthy- Water/Wind Tight containers will not have holes in the unit or flooring and doors will be operational once placed on level surface at the time of delivery. The quality of these containers is ideal for ocean export, ground-level storage or building purposes at a lower price point than New/One-Trip Containers.

Used Water/Wind Tight Containers- (WWT)

Water/Wind Tight used containers typically are 10-20 years of age and retired from the steamship lines lease fleet. The exterior condition of the containers can have some rust, dings, dents & professional welded patches or repairs due to some damage that was sustained in shipping products overseas. Container Sales Group guarantees that our WWT containers will not have holes in the unit or flooring and doors will be operational once placed on level surface at the time of delivery. These containers cannot be used for ocean export, but are great for ground-level, portable storage or building purposes.

Used "As Is" Containers

"As Is" used containers are retired cargo containers that are sold with possible holes, floor damage or other fixable repairs. These containers have heavy signs of usage and deterioration. "As Is" storage containers make a good option for customers looking for a discounted container that they can repair themselves or build with.

Container Dimensions

Shipping containers come in a different sizes. The most common is a Standard Storage Container (8' 6" high) which come in 20 ft. or 40 ft. length x 8 ft. width. High Cube Containers (9' 6" High) are 20 ft. – 40 ft. – 45 ft. length x 8 ft. width.

20' Container

Provides 150 square feet of interior space which is perfect for jobs that only allow for small/tight containers.
Exterior Dimensions
  • Length: 20'
  • Width: 8'
  • Height: 8'6"
Interior Dimensions
  • Length: 19'4"
  • Width: 7'8"
  • Height: 7'9"
Door Clearance
  • Width: 7'8"
  • Height: 7'5"
Weight
5,200 - 5,550 lbs.

40' Container

Provides 300 square feet that's ideal for office space, small housing, item storage and more.
Exterior Dimensions
  • Length: 40'
  • Width: 8'
  • Height: 8'6"
Interior Dimensions
  • Length: 39'4"
  • Width: 7'8"
  • Height: 7'9"
Door Clearance
  • Width: 7'8"
  • Height: 7'5"
Weight
8,380 - 8,450 lbs.

40' High Cube Container

Like the standard 40' container, the High Cube provides 300 square feet of space but with an extra foot of height.
Exterior Dimensions
  • Length: 40'
  • Width: 8'
  • Height: 9'6"
Interior Dimensions
  • Length: 39'4"
  • Width: 7'8"
  • Height: 8'9"
Door Clearance
  • Width: 7'8"
  • Height: 8'5"
Weight
8,600 - 8,800 lbs.

DELIVERY OPTIONS / PICK-UP IN Oakland

container sales group offers professional commercial licensed and insured delivery to your location or pick up the container at our local Oakland depot facility.

Pick-Up Container - If you have your own delivery truck, you can pick up the container at the Oakland depot facility. The depot facility will load the container on your truck as long as you have the proper straps to hold it down safely on the road. Tilt Body Truck Delivery - Shipping containers can be delivered on a tilt-bed (roll off/landoll) truck/trailer that has the capacity to slide the container off the truck bed onto the ground safely. This type of delivery is usually done with distances of less than 200 miles from Oakland.
  • For a 20 ft. container you will need around 55 ft. of straight-line space
  • For a 40 ft. container, you will need 110 ft. of straight-line space
  • 12 ft. of width and 16 ft. of height clearance (no wires or trees)
Flat Bed Delivery - A flatbed truck is needed to keep your cost down for delivery distances of over 200 miles from Oakland. This method of transportation requires a forklift to offload a 20 ft. container or a heavy-duty forklift or crane for a 40 ft. container onto the ground.

High Cube (9' 6" high) Containers - A step-deck truck must be used for delivery or pick-up of this type of unit.

Permit - Since shipping containers are portable storage, in most cases a permit is not required. But you may want to check with your local village authorities before buying a container.

Ground Requirements - The combined weight of the truck, trailer and container can be over 45,000-pounds. It is important that your delivery surface be level, firm and prepared before the delivery truck arrives.

Delivery Time - If your site is properly prepared, delivery should take between 15-30 minutes.

How to Prepare for Delivery in Oakland

It is important to prepare your ground ahead of time for the delivery of your container. Here are some things to think about:
  • Make Sure Ground is Level – The shipping container can be placed on a hard/dry surface such as cement, asphalt, gravel, grass or any other hard surface. The combined weight of the truck, trailer and container can be over 45,000-pounds. If the shipping container is not on level ground or is loaded heavy on one side, then the frame may twist which may make it difficult to open & close the doors. The ground must be free of rocks, stumps, debris, and tree limbs. Also, any low hanging tree branches, gates, ditches, and other obstacles.
  • No Standing Water – No water should sit under shipping container for a long period of time. You can place wood blocks under the length of the container & door frame. Also, you can use 8’ long 4 x 4’s or railroad ties. The most important spot is under the shipping container doors.

INSPECTING THE CONTAINER AT DELIVERY

At the time of delivery, it is important to inspect your shipping container on the ground to ensure it is in the condition that you purchased it in from the vendor. Here are some tips on how to inspect a New/One-Trip, Cargo Worthy or Water Wind Tight container:
  • Go Inside Container - The best way to see if there are any holes in the container, is to go inside and pull the doors closed, to check if there are any holes where light is shining through.
  • Check Both Doors – You should check the doors and locking mechanisms.
  • Floors – Should be solid with no holes.

MAINTAIN YOUR SHIPPING CONTAINER

At container sales group, we have created a couple of different resources to help our customers maintain their shipping containers over time.
  • Our YouTube Channel has videos that showcase the best maintenance products our customers use as well as accessories to help you get the most out of your container.
  • Also, we have an online Shipping Container Accessory Store where you can purchase these items quickly and have them shipped to you directly.

WHY CHOOSE CONTAINER SALES GROUP IN Oakland?

CONTAINER SALES GROUP has over 23 years of experience in the international shipping container industry. What does this mean to you? We can answer any questions you may have; we back up our products with industry leading customer service & offer professional delivery service.
  • Check out our Google Reviews and Customer Testimonials on our website.
  • You are protected with our Water/Wind Tight Guarantee. Ask us about it.
  • Our Storage Depot Facility is located locally in Oakland.
Contact Us Now For A Quote In Oakland (708) 639-4783