Inspecting your Storage Container

Storage containers provide buyers and renters with a variety of options in securing cargo for transport or temporary storage. For the first-timers, looking for just even a decent container may be complicated by the fact that most companies today offer tempting deals and seemingly innovative features to their storage containers.

The greatest tip out there perhaps is simple: stick to the basics first.

Furnishings such as additional locks, sophisticated ventilation systems and some high-tech security features are only as good as the basic features that your new storage container has. Here are some things that you need to look for when searching for storage containers:

Surface rust

Since most cargo containers up for grabs have been used in the past, surface rust will almost always be present. Surface rust is, of course not apparent for repainted containers. If you don’t have a choice but to go for a slightly rusty container, be sure to haggle and try to get it at a lower price as much as possible.

One thing to remember about surface rust is that it is particularly critical if it is found on the door area and the bottom part. The door area has hinges and made up of component, soldered parts. No matter how strong the steel body of the container is, this part will always be the weakest link in the steel structure of the container.

Storage container

Also, during inspection, be sure to look at the bottom part of the container by asking it to be turned so that you can see that part clearly. Presence of rust in this area should make you think twice about getting that container since the bottom part is important in providing support for the cargo (especially during transit and loading via cranes.)

A sign of deep rust in the steel structure of a container is the presence of pin-sized holes. These holes are very difficult to spot with the naked eye. A nice trick is to go inside the container in broad daylight and close it. (Make sure someone is outside just in case you get locked inside.) Supposed to be, the interior will be pitch black (which indicates an intact steel structure). Perforations will manifest as small holes where light can pass through.


Old containers don’t just suffer from rust, they also suffer from corrosion. The first sign that corrosion has already started is a container door that is misaligned. Swing doors repeatedly and be keen for any signs of misalignment. The door gaskets (the rubber linings along the door edges) must also be inspected. It should not be rotten nor missing. Gaskets provide a watertight seal around a door and obviously, broken and missing gaskets compromise the water-proofing ability of storage containers.


Refrain from buying storage containers without any intact CSC (Container Safety Convention) plate. This plate contains information regarding when the container was manufactured. Even the history of maintenance can also be seen in this plate. By taking time to read this plate, you will be able to discern the age of the container as well as the maintenance history by the time you are renting it or buying it.

Of course, in terms of pricing, the age of the container is not really a critical factor when compared to the actual physical state of the container but this gives you a rough idea on its supposed state. If you will use your container for human habitation, CDC plates will also give you information regarding the pesticides and other chemicals used to treat the wooden floorings.

This will give you an idea about the treatments needed to neutralize and seal-off these toxic chemicals (different pesticides and chemicals need specific chemical treatments).

Storage container and Moveable Cubicle accompany high security lock boxes for extra wellbeing of your products, stock, furniture, gear and nearly all that you might need to store.