One-Trip Containers

Buying One-Trip Shipping Containers

What Is a One-Trip Container?

A one-trip container is pretty much what it sounds like. They are manufactured overseas, loaded with cargo, and shipped to the United States. Once they arrive, the cargo is unloaded, and the container is sold. It has made one only trip, which is why it is called a one-trip container.

One-Trip Container vs. New Shipping Container

All new ISO Shipping Containers are manufactured in China and have one cargo trip to the United States before being resold. This one-trip explains the term 'one-trip' often used to describe new boxes, these containers are as close to “New” condition as you will find without paying 2x3 times the price from custom US fabricators.

New units are manufactured using high-quality Cor-ten steel, which is designed to stand up to the harsh rigors of sea conditions.

Internal flooring is formed from 27mm (about 1”- 1/8th) hard plywood or bamboo.

The external paint color is usually tan or gray, but may vary depending on your location. Factory paint will hold up significantly longer and better than repainted units.

New Storage Containers are ideal for secure storage - they are wind and weather-tight, so provide an ideal storage environment. If you're looking for a secure, weather and rodent proof storage asset that will last well over 20 found the right product!

If you require your new shipping container for shipping overseas, the original CSC certification lasts for 5 years from date of manufacture. The manufacture date is clearly stated on the CSC plate on the double doors. CSC certification can be updated after this initial 5 year period.


The Life of a One-Trip Container

The one-trip container is in use an average of 75-90 days total before listed in our inventory to sell. With such a short use-life, these containers are in great condition and will have a long lifespan of use.

One-Trip vs. Used Containers

While a one-trip container has been used, it’s still considered new. Our customers are granted a five-year warranty on all one-trip container purchases.

A used container, regardless of condition classification, will have a shorter lifespan because they have already had a life in transport and at sea. Obviously, how long any container lasts depends on a variety of factors, like their usage, modifications, and quality of maintenance.

When referring to used containers, there are several other classifications, which we explain in our First-Time Buyer’s Guide.

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Used vs. One-Trip

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The Lifespan of a One-Trip Container. How Long Will it Last?

Like all estimates, how long a container will last depends on a lot of factors, such as how it is put to use, how well it is taken care of, the location and foundation of the container, etc.. Since the superior Core-Ten steel has only been used for the last twenty years, it's hard to know for sure just how long they will last before needing replacement. The consensus on the average lifespan of containers is about thirty years.

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How to Get the Best Price on One-Trip Shipping Containers

The price of One-Trip Containers is highly volatile and is anchored to many variables: the raw cost of steel; the cost of iron ore used to produce the steel; manufacturing capacity in Asia; trade imbalance between China and the rest of the world; supply and demand factors in regional US markets; and the cash flow of shipping lines (if they don't have cash to produce new units, they hold onto old ones, and new production comes to a halt, causing prices in factories to rise.)

With that said, there are some easy ways to reduce the cost of buying a one-trip container by up to 20%. In our free guide, Buying Shipping Containers 101, A First-Time Buyer’s Guide, we show you how to get the best price without having to haggle.

Buying Shipping Containers 101: A First-Time Buyer's Guide