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Moving Overseas | Buying your own container

In some cases this may be a viable option. Hopefully you have accommodation waiting for you at the other end, but sometimes this is not the case.

Normally we would use containers provided by the shipping line; but you will only have a limited amount of time (normally 10 days) from vessel arrival, until when you have to return the container clean and empty, before you start to incur container detention charges – charged daily and are quite expensive.

Or, we you can arrange to purchase your own container for shipping, and this can be used for your personal storage at the other end, and there will be no time restrictions.

If you decided to do this, you need to be aware of the following:

– all containers shipped globally MUST have a current compliance plate; just like a motor vehicle registration, and this is a plate on the actual container.

Non plated containers CANNOT be shipped.

– check that your container is wind and water tight. Theoretically all containers should be, but you should check just in case. Particularly the roof – even a pinhole or rusted area can lead to unwanted and unnecessary cargo damage, and may void any cargo insurance. The simplest thing to do is to lock the container with you inside – you will soon know!

How and where will your container be stored at destination?

If its in some sort of transport yard, then that should be fine, but just check; and definitely ensure that any cargo inside the container is secured.

Or, if its in a yard or similar, please try to have the container not sitting on the ground – it may take some time, but groundwater damage will eventually occur, and you would not be happy for this to then cause damage to your valuable possessions.

Just consider the weather and how and where your container would be stored.

We can arrange to purchase and plate containers on your behalf, or you may choose to purchase containers separately. it is all up to you.

There is no fixed cost for these.

The actual cost depends on a combination of several factors at the time…. the US Dollar exchange rate, supply and demand, and the quality of the container.

And, if this then became only a temporary requirement, you could then resell the container over there; or even reuse the same container if you moved again (provided the plate was still valid)

If this is a consideration, please call us to discuss your requirements.