Shipping Container Condition, Grades & Selection Option

Looking to buy shipping containers? Look no further! You can get both new and used shipping containers right here and enjoy big savings. We have a wide range of options, from 10-foot, 20-foot, to 40-foot containers, and they all work perfectly with various container accessories.

But that’s not all! We also have special containers to suit your specific needs. Need something insulated? We have it. How about a refrigerated one? You got it. We even have flat-rack, open-top, and high cube-shaped containers. And if you’re looking for brand-new containers made entirely from shipping containers, we’ve got those too! These containers come in different sizes and shapes, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your needs.



Our most popular container is the used general-purpose container. These containers have worked hard in the shipping industry for 5 to 15 years before they are retired.

Most of these used shipping containers will still have their original paint and markings from their shipping days. You may notice some signs of wear and tear like surface rust, dents, and scratches.

Now, they might not look great on the outside or inside, but depending on their grade, they are still strong and can serve various purposes, like transporting cargo, providing storage solutions, and more.


Our brand-new One Trip shipping containers might have some small dents, dings, and scratches due to the regular handling they go through during their long ocean voyage.

These fresh shipping containers are made in Asia and then sent to our depots all over the world. To keep shipping costs low and offer our customers the best prices, we load these new containers with cargo just once. This way, we can cover the re-positioning expenses and pass those savings on to our customers.


Refurbished containers are previously used Wind and Water Tight (WWT) containers that have undergone some special treatment. This process involves preparing, priming, and giving them a fresh coat of paint. It’s like giving a shipping container a new lease on life and can make it last longer. We offer three levels of refurbishment for our Used Wind and Water Tight containers:

  1. Standard refurbishment: We repaint the exterior of the container. This includes preparing and painting the outside, which involves removing loose rust with a wire wheel, spot-priming exposed metal, and painting the exterior, including the roof. We typically paint over locking rods, gaskets, and decals.

  2. Complete refurbishment: Similar to the Standard Refurbishment, but we also paint the interior.

  3. Factory refurbishment: This is a complete makeover for the container. It gets new interior and exterior paint, fresh gaskets, and new container markings. It’s like a brand-new container inside and out!


When it comes to used shipping containers, we carefully examine and categorize them based on several factors. These factors include their age, how sturdy they are, both inside and out, the distance they’ve traveled, any history of damage and repairs, and the weather conditions they’ve endured during storage and shipping. As you search for a container, you’ll come across the following classifications.


Our most sought-after grade is the Wind and Water Tight (WWT) containers. These used shipping containers come with a guarantee that they won’t leak.

While you can count on these WWT shipping containers to keep things dry, they might still have their original paint, some surface rust, dents, and scratches from their time in heavy-duty shipping service. In terms of looks, they might not win any beauty contests, but they get the job done!


Cargo Worthy shipping containers have undergone a thorough inspection and have been certified as strong and secure for worldwide travel by sea, rail, and road.

On the outside, these containers will still show their original paint (although the color might differ), old shipping markings, some surface rust, scratches, and dents. If you’re planning to use a container for international shipping, it will require a container survey and a valid CSC inspection sticker to meet the necessary standards.



An IICL container meets the strict inspection standards established by the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) and is considered suitable for overseas shipping.

IICL containers tend to have a greater book value due to their outstanding condition. Their exterior appearance is notably better than that of a WWT container.


An “As Is” container is a shipping container that has been inspected and determined to have significant damage that would be too expensive to repair, making it unable to achieve Wind and Watertight status.

These containers have both external and internal problems like holes, damaged flooring, and other structural issues. Generally, we do not recommend customers to purchase an “As Is” container unless they have a specific use where structural integrity and appearance are not critical.