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Transport Tips

Ensure seamless and timely delivery of your shipping container. Browse our transport tips and advice below, while noting the extreme weight of each unit must be handled with care. 

Access To Site

Specialised equipment is required to transport and place shipping containers, allowing for a variety of considerations which may impede delivery if overlooked.

Clearance:

Is there enough room for a truck to enter, place the container and exit the site? Are there any overhead obstructions (i.e. power lines, overhead branches, structures, etc.) which may be dangerous and restrict maneuvering? It may seem obvious, but vehicle clearance is an essential consideration which may prohibit delivery if a truck is physically unable to access the site and safely unload the container.

Each truck is approximately 10 to 16 metres in length, 6 metres wide and 4.5 metres high. Specialised lifting equipment, such as a crane and side auxiliary legs, can further extend the dimensions of the truck. Additional space is required for placement of the container, with clearance at one end for doors to open.

Soil:
Soft or muddy soil can inhibit vehicle access and restrict container placement. Drivers are ultimately responsible for determining if their truck can safely traverse the site without becoming stuck.

Swinglift trucks and hiabs are equipped with side auxiliary legs which are used to stabilise the load and prevent the vehicle from toppling over during loading/unloading. They must be placed on a firm foundation in order to support the extreme weight of the container as it swings into position. Equipment operators may use wooden chocks to reinforce and support each leg, though soft or muddy soil may prohibit deployment for safety reasons.

Container Placement

Choosing a satisfactory home for your shipping container is more than a matter of space. Among other considerations, it must be accessible and conveniently located on a level surface that can adequately support its weight.

Level Surface:
A shipping container should be placed on a level surface, ensuring items can be stored and stacked safely without rolling or tipping over. A sloping or lopsided base can restrict door movement and place undue stress on the structure, which may be exacerbated with extreme loads or an uneven distribution of weight. A flat foundation additionally reduces the risk of water running off external surfaces (i.e. access ramps) during periods of rain, which can otherwise seep into the container and cause moisture damage. 

Doors:
Containers are transported either doors to rear or doors to cabin, to mirror on-site orientation and optimise maneuvering during deployment. With this in mind, you will need to decide what direction your shipping container will face, allowing an extra 1.5 to 2 metres of clearance at one end for doors to swing open on level terrain.

Foundation:
Shipping containers are best kept on sleepers or concrete pads if placed on soil or grassy areas. This allows air to flow under the unit, preventing corrosion while establishing a level platform which won't sink into the ground. Asphalt, paving, cement or gravel are considered an ideal base if puddles are unable to form below the container.

Choosing a satisfactory home for your shipping container is more than a matter of space. Amongst other considerations, it must be accessible and conveniently located on a level surface that can adequately support its weight.

Level Surface:
A shipping container should be placed on a level surface, ensuring items can be stored and stacked safely without rolling or tipping over. A sloping or lopsided base can restrict door movement and place undue stress on the structure, which may be exacerbated with extreme loads or an uneven distribution of weight. A flat foundation additionally reduces the risk of water running off external surfaces (i.e. access ramps) during periods of rain, which can otherwise seep into the container and cause moisture damage. 

Doors:
Containers are transported either doors to rear or doors to cabin, to mirror on-site orientation and optimise maneuvering during deployment. With this in mind, you will need to decide what direction your shipping container will face, allowing an extra 1.5 to 2 metres of clearance at one end for doors to swing open on level terrain.

Foundation:
Shipping containers are best kept on sleepers or concrete pads if placed on soil or grassy areas. This allows air to flow under the unit, preventing corrosion while establishing a level platform which won't sink into the ground. Asphalt, paving, cement or gravel are considered an ideal base if puddles are unable to form below the container.

Swinglift vs Hiab

Shipping containers are most commonly delivered by either a swinglift truck or hiab. Choosing between the two is primarily based on the following site related factors...

  • Topography
  • Access
  • Obstructions
  • Equipment †


† A shipping container can be delivered on a flat deck truck if there is adequate equipment available on-site for unloading (i.e. forklift or crane).

Each mode has various pros and cons to consider, pertaining to availability, cost and maneuverability during placement. For example, a swinglift truck is typically cheaper and more readily available than a hiab, but can only place a container to the immediate right (driver's side) of the vehicle. In contrast, a hiab uses a crane which is capable of placing a container over a fence and other low-lying obstructions.

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Safety

Safety is of paramount importance and it's vital you let us know of any concerns or risks prior to delivery. Obstructions such as overhead power lines are dangerous, requiring the right equipment and positioning of your container to avoid hazards.

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How Long For Delivery?

We can deliver your shipping container throughout New Zealand within two business days, subject to...

  1. Availability of stock
  2. Confirmation of payment


More time is needed for container modifications and portable buildings. 


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