Before Purchasing a Shipping Container, You'll Need to Make Sure That You Have Enough Space For a Smooth Roll-Off Delivery. By Reading Our Delivery Guidelines You can Better Understand The Minimum Requirements.

Rough Roads

Roads made of dirt, gravel or with damaged pavement may not be suitable for shipping container delivery due to their road weight limits and the risk of getting stuck, causing damage to the road and equipment, or being environmentally disruptive.

Steep Road Inclines and Declines

Steep inclines can make it impossible to haul a load uphill, while a steep decline can pose safety hazards to the delivery crew and surrounding environment. Please get in touch to receive an evaluation of your delivery route and determine if your local roadway grades qualify for a successful shipping container delivery.

Tight Turns

Shipping containers require sufficient turning clearance to prevent getting stuck, causing damage, and for safety purposes. Delivery of a 20ft shipping container will require a minimum of 60ft straight line clearance, while a 40ft container will require a minimum of 100ft straight line clearance to perform a safe and effective turn. For these reasons, narrow roadways in rural settings surrounded by trees and ditches as well as roads in urban settings with crowded buildings and parked cars can make shipping container delivery impractical.

Height Restrictions such as Overhanging Trees, Power Lines and Low Bridges

Any obstacle that does not offer at least 14ft of vertical clearance is considered a height restriction for shipping container delivery. These may include power lines, trees and tree branches, gateways, arches, building eaves and low bridges. It’s important to make sure that there is sufficient vertical clearance along all sections of your local roadways to avoid delivery hazards and delays.

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Width Restrictions

Shipping containers require a minimum of 14ft of horizontal clearance to pass through without getting stuck or causing delays. Narrow roadways less than 14ft in width may not permit a shipping container delivery and a lack of alternatives may result in cancellation. Ideally, any roads leading to your location should be a standard 2-lane marked road at minimum.

Weather-Affected Roadways

Roads affected by weather can make shipping container delivery impractical and dangerous. These conditions include icy roads, flooded roads, muddy roads, roads covered with debris after extreme weather, and snowy roads which have yet to be plowed. We’re always happy to work with our clients in planning a shipping container delivery that both accommodates their schedule and ensures a safe and hassle-free process for everyone.

Not sure if local roadways will accommodate a successful shipping container delivery to your location? Contact us to receive a free delivery guideline assessment and review of your local roads and features before ordering your shipping container from Used Conex. 

Shipping Containers Delivered with First-Rate Equipment & Work Crews

Shipping container delivery often requires precision placement and careful navigation of trucks, trailers, and equipment to make a secure drop-off at the desired location. At Used Conex, we provide storage container delivery using 4-wheel drive Ford F350 pickup trucks pulling tilt bed or flatbed trailers best-suited to your container dimensions and drop-off environment. Our drivers and work crews are seasoned delivery specialists with the experience to determine the safety and security of every step during container drop-off operations. 


Tilt Bed Shipping Container Delivery

Tilt bed trailers are designed to perform secure shipping container delivery with direct placement on the ground at the drop-off location. 

They are ideal in the case of small businesses, private properties and other locations that do not have specialized forklifts or cranes to haul containers or remove them from the delivery vehicle. With a tilt bed trailer, container delivery planning will include the location, space and conditions in which the container will be placed. Because it will not be possible to move the container once it is down without equipment, it’s important to ensure that the surface and location is suitable for a storage container drop-off.

Used Conex works with you to determine if a tilt bed container delivery is right for your needs. Tilt beds can haul 20ft shipping containers as well as 40ft shipping containers for sale of standard, high cube, and other variations. Because tilt bed delivery involves pulling the trailer out from underneath the container, this type of delivery method requires a minimum of 100ft straight line clearance. You will also need to decide which ways the doors will face prior to delivery, as this will determine how the container is loaded onto the trailer.

Flatbed Shipping Container Delivery

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Unlike tilt bed trailers, Flatbed trailers do not have their own off-loading feature. This requires any storage container delivered on a flatbed to be off-loaded manually using a crane, forklift, or another heavy lifting method. Flatbed storage container delivery is intended for business locations or properties with dedicated heavy lifting equipment on site. Because your business or property will be responsible for off-loading the shipping container, planning and preparation of drop-off is relatively straightforward compared to tilt bed delivery.

Another benefit of flatbed storage container delivery is that it requires significantly less clearance space than with a tilt bed trailer. Instead of the trailer having to be removed from underneath the container, which typically requires at least 100ft straight-line clearance, the container will be lifted directly off the flatbed trailer and placed at the target location with dedicated equipment. Our flatbed trailers can haul both 20ft containers and 40ft shipping containers of all available variations to your business or private property.

Used Conex delivery planning specialists are here to help you determine what is the most cost-effective and best-suited delivery option for your goals. For additional information, please feel free to review our Space Clearance and Drop-Site Preparation guidelines or contact us to learn all about our shipping containers for sale and why Used Conex is your #1 choice for shipping containers.

Shipping Container Delivery Space Clearance

Before buying new shipping containers or used shipping containers for sale, it’s important to make sure the drop-off site is properly equipped to accommodate a container delivery. This includes having enough space to store a 20ft container or a 40ft container as well as enough area for delivery vehicles and other equipment to perform their duties safely and securely. You’ll also need to make sure that any limited-access locations have minimum height and width clearance for the truck, trailer, and shipping container before placing your order. Roads leading to your business location or private property will also need to accommodate truck and trailer clearance and must be suited for heavy vehicles in regards to road weight limits, road conditions, road grades, overhanging objects, and turning radiuses.

At Used Conex, we’re here to help you prevent any delays or setbacks in your shipping container goals by being fully prepared ahead of time. From consultation to site inspection, we offer a range of services in helping you determine the optimal site and 

schedule for your storage container delivery.

Minimum Clearance

A shipping container will require a specific minimum clearance depending on its length and the delivery trailer type.

20ft Shipping Container

  • 60ft Straight Line Clearance: This applies to roads leading to the drop site as well as at the drop site itself. With a 20ft shipping container cargo, our truck and trailer will require at least 60ft straight line clearance to make a turn.

  • 14ft Vertical Clearance on the Road: Roadways leading to the drop-off site should be free of any overhanging obstacles with a minimum of 14ft vertical clearance at all times.

  • 12-14ft Width Clearance.

  • 16ft Vertical Clearance at Drop-Off Site

40ft Shipping Container

  • 100ft Straight Line Clearance: A minimum of 100ft straight line clearance is required at all times during the delivery of a 40ft shipping container.

  • 14ft Vertical Clearance on the Road: This includes all sections of road leading to and at the drop-off location.

  • 12-14ft Width Clearance.

  • 16ft Vertical Clearance at Drop-Off Site

Shipping Container Drop Site Preparation

Avoid Difficulties and Delays by Preparing for Shipping Container Delivery with this Simple Checklist

A big part of the work involved with shipping container drop-offs is simply being prepared. When your location is well-suited for drop-offs, storage or transfer of shipping containers, the process can be completed in just 1 hour or less. Having a suitable drop site will also ensure that the container is not damaged or compromised in any way during storage. It also makes its removal much more efficient in the case of future transfers, alternative uses and resale.

Here’s what to consider before ordering a shipping container to help save time and avoid safety risks, equipment damage or delivery cancellation.

Short-Term or Long-Term Site Preparation?

Depending on your goals, your site may require preparation for either short-term or long-term container storage. Long-term storage or permanent use typically requires additional steps to ensure the container is not damaged or compromised over time while being conducive to your goals. Please get in touch for more information on the difference between long-term and short-term site preparation.

Delivery Vehicle & Trailer Clearance

Drop sites without sufficient clearance can make it difficult or impossible to perform container drop-offs. For both successful delivery and future logistics, make sure that your drop site offers enough clearance for maneuvering the vehicle, trailer and shipping container into place. Learn more about shipping container delivery clearance.

Level Ground

Both the drop site and surrounding area should be on level ground to ensure secure delivery vehicle access and container placement. It is also necessary to create even weight distribution across all 4 corners of the shipping container while in place. Ground that is not level can make it difficult for delivery vehicles to get into position, as well as lead to container damage due to uneven weight distribution resulting in pinched doors, bent corners and other defects.

If the ground is not naturally-level, it can be modified with stone pavers, blocks of wood, gravel or railroad ties under the corners to create even weight distribution.

Drop Site Ground Surfaces

Shipping containers can be dropped off on any surface that is firm, level and dry. Ideally, drop sites will have an available asphalt or concrete space prepared for shipping container drop off. However, surfaces such as compact dirt, gravel, and even grass may be suitable — provided that they are level, safe from weather, and offer even weight distribution and support. This will ensure that the shipping container does not sink or move when in position. Surfaces such as sand, soft dirt and muddy grounds are not recommended as it may result in container shifting, sinking and damage.

Drop Site is Free of Debris and Obstacles

Make sure your storage container drop site is free of rocks, tree stumps, branches, or any debris that can cause an inconvenience or equipment damage during your storage container drop off.

Drop Site is Free of Safety Hazards

Apart from sufficient vertical and horizontal clearance, the drop site should also be free of any safety hazards such as low hanging wires, cables, branches and equipment that may pose risks during drop off. In the case of limited visibility, crews can rely on spotters to help them navigate the vehicles and container into position.

Weather Conditions

From transportation to drop-off, a big part of successful delivery is

keeping ground surface conditions in mind.

To prevent difficulties and delays, it’s important to plan your shipping container

delivery around weather forecasts that may suggest suitable surface conditions.

Bad weather may result in snowy or icy roads and surfaces,

muddy roadways and grounds, flooding and soft soil that may

lead to difficulties and delivery cancellation.

We’re here to work with you and determine the quickest,

safest and most optimized delivery schedule for your location and needs

Being Ready

Another important step to not overlook is simply being ready for delivery day. Make sure that your neighbor residents or businesses are informed about your delivery and that no vehicles, equipment or other obstacles are in the way. You’ll also want to make sure that you or a representative is onsite at the time of arrival to avoid any delay fees. Your contact phone number should be available at all times prior to and during delivery to avoid miscommunication or other complications.

If you are unsure about your shipping container drop site, it may be wise to have a backup drop site just in case. If the delivery crew considers your drop site unsafe or otherwise unsuitable, they may request that your shipping container be dropped off somewhere else. If you insist on an unsuitable drop off location, you may be requested to sign a waiver for any damage or other setbacks that may be incurred during unloading.