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Sea Containers – an introduction

new sea container

Why buy a sea container? Sea containers (also known as ‘shipping containers) are popular outside of the world of shipping and freight forwarding for many reasons; these strong, secure metal boxes have become extremely popular not only because of their strength, but also because of their durability. You have probably seen sea containers being re-purposed as secure storage units, sheds and garages, but in reality these are only a handful of examples of the many functions these popular steel boxes can perform. What makes sea containers such a good investment? Sea containers are designed to last a very long…

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How to level a shipping container

When you buy a shipping container for storage, you need to ensure it is sitting level. Here are the exact dimensions for each container. Just to highlight a 20ft container is not actually 20ft long. Checklist for how to level a shipping container 1. You need to ensure the container is level, otherwise it will be difficult to open and shut the doors. It is just like hanging a window or door in a house, if the door or window frame is not straight then the door will not hang properly. 2. The container sits on it’s corners. 3. The floor…

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How to Hire a Shipping Container in UK

Shipping containers are perfect to be used as a Secure Storage container. They are robust, lockable and watertight. They are ideal as an outside shed/lockup. You can hire a shipping container for a short or long term period. There are many things to consider when renting a container. 1. Weekly Rate –  We always offer a minimum hire period of 26 weeks from £12 per week plus VAT for a 20ft container. That’s a lot of secure container space for £12 per week! Please do see the different sizes available for hire: Container Hire 2. Size container – We offer…

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40ft Secure shipping containers to buy

40ft container

Billie Box offers a number of 40ft shipping containers with different configurations for sale with Nationwide delivery: 40ft shipping containers 40ft Long x 8ft Wide x 8ft 6in High standard storage container: Double doors on one 8ft end only (Second hand or new) 40ft shipping container External dimensions: 40 ft Long (12.9 m)  – 8 ft wide (2.43 m)  – 8 ft 6 in high (2.59 m) 40ft shipping container Internal dimensions: 39 ft 6 in Long (12.04 m) – 7 ft 8 in wide (2.33 m) – 7 ft 10 in high (2.38 m) Door opening dimensions: 7 ft…

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Watertight containers

Shipping containers are generally sold as ‘Watertight containers’.  This usually refers to the fact that the roof, side panels and doors are all watertight, intact and do not leak. With all the FLOODS that have occurred during the last few years in various areas of the UK, the health of your container could be at risk! The Floor of a shipping container is 28mm marine treated plywood with steel underside cross members 6 inches apart and bitumen in between. If a shipping container were to sit in a puddle or even be in flooded water, after a period, the wooden…

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Condensation in Shipping containers

Here are some solutions for condensation in shipping containers and storage containers. Click the button below to purchase Absorpoles   What is condensation? 2 Definitions of Condensation: Atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold The process of changing from a gas to a liquid or solid state. Condensation in Shipping Containers Condensation can occur within 8ft, 10ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping containers, but it occurs mainly on the roof interior and top 6 inches of the interior side-walls. The moisture can generally be from storing damp or wet goods inside the container along with high and low temperatures…

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How a shipping containers and delivery price is calculated.

On a regular basis we, at Billie Box, receive a phone call or email looking for inexpensive shipping containers and stating something similar to these phrases: “I can see shipping containers stacked three high for miles, with all this surplus I should be able to find shipping containers for a cheap price!”  “Why is the delivery cost so high?”  “What can you do on the price? So and so down the road is offering a cheaper price” Many of the shipping containers that can be seen in depots and dock terminals are either en route to their final destination,…

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Jane Billing the Expert in Shipping and Storage containers

Jane Billing is our resident expert in Shipping containers. She has been working in the ‘Shipping container’ industry for 30 years both for other employers and for herself. Jane worked for ‘Container survey services’ (contractor for Unicon International UK office, where they surveyed containers for shipping purposes) from 1986 until 2000 as a ‘data processing clerk’ initially which led to an office management role. Jane was dealing with shipping lines, container leasing companies and container depots all over the UK. In 2000 she became director and joint owner of a shipping container resale and leasing company for 9 years and she sold her…

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