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.
WHAT TO AVOID FOR A STRESS-FREE DELIVERY?
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 the 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.
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 essential to ensure sufficient vertical clearance along all sections of your local roadways to avoid delivery hazards and delays.
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.
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 customers in planning a shipping container delivery that 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.
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 for 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 essential to ensure that the surface and location are suitable for a storage container drop-off.
Used Conex works with you to determine if a tilt bed container delivery suits your needs. Tilt beds can haul 20ft and 40ft shipping containers. Because tilt bed delivery involves pulling the trailer out from underneath the container, this delivery method requires a minimum of 100ft straight line clearance. You will also need to decide which ways the doors will face before delivery, as this will determine how the container is loaded onto the trailer.
FLATBED SHIPPING CONTAINER DELIVERY
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 you will be responsible
for off-loading the shipping container, 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 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 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 the most cost-effective and best-suited delivery option
for your goals. For additional information, please review our Space Clearance and Drop-Site Preparation guidelines or contact us to learn 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 or used shipping containers, it’s important to ensure the drop-off site is adequately equipped to accommodate a container delivery. This includes having enough space to store a 20ft container or a 40ft container and enough area for delivery vehicles and other equipment to perform their duties safely and securely. You’ll also need to ensure 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. They must be suited for heavy vehicles regarding 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 to help you determine the optimal site and
schedule for your storage container delivery.
A shipping container will require a specific minimum clearance depending on its length and the delivery trailer type.
20ft Shipping Container
100ft Straight Line Clearance: This applies to roads leading to the drop site and at the drop site itself. With a 20ft shipping container, our truck and trailer will require at least 80ft straight line clearance to be able to unload the unit.
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
125ft Straight Line Clearance: A minimum of 100ft straight line clearance is required during the delivery of a 40ft shipping container.
14ft Vertical Clearance on the Road: This includes all sections of the 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 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 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 short-term or long-term container storage preparation. 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 successful delivery and future logistics, ensure that your drop site offers enough clearance to maneuver the vehicle, trailer, and shipping container into place. Learn more about shipping container delivery clearance.
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 four corners of the shipping container. Land that is not level can make it difficult for delivery vehicles to get into position and 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. Drop sites will ideally have an 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.
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
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 ensure that you or a representative is onsite at the time of arrival to avoid delay fees. Your contact phone number should be available at all times before and during delivery to prevent 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 elsewhere. If you insist on an unsuitable drop-off location, you may be asked to sign a waiver for any damage or other setbacks that may be incurred during unloading.
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