How we deliver

One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is how do you deliver a container?

We deliver containers nationwide EVERY SINGLE DAY. So we should know a thing or two on best practices to ensure a smooth and efficient container delivery.

ats containers delivery truck

 
 
 

HOW IS THE CONTAINER PLACED AT GROUND LEVEL?

Each container is delivered at ground level using a hydraulic tilt trailer. This means that the truck deck will extend out and then upwards which will tilt the back of the container down onto the ground. Once in place, the truck will then move forward slowly until the container is lowered completely into its final placement.

 

HOW MUCH SPACE IS NEEDED?

As long as the site is clear and adequate spacing is provided for delivery, the container delivery process should take approximately 15-20 minutes. Please consider that additional delays for waiting time, inadequate space, improper container loading instructions, etc will all result in additional time which can result in additional costs.

 

20ft container delivery

For the delivery process to run smoothly, the truck will require a minimum of 65 feet of straight line clearance to deliver a 20’ shipping container. This space requirement includes the length of the container itself, the length of the truck deck and finally, the truck itself as shown below.

40ft container delivery

The same process is used to deliver a 40’ shipping container. However, as you can imagine, the truck is much larger and requires a much larger clearance area. For the delivery of a 40’ sea can to run smoothly, the truck will require a minimum of 110 feet of straight line clearance as shown below.

 

WHY IS DOOR LOADING DIRECTION RELEVANT?

Most standard shipping containers have doors on one end. So the placement of the original container doors on the truck is very important to consider for its final placement at your location.

Keeping in mind that the truck backs into position to tilt the container onto the ground, loading the truck with the container doors facing the rear will result in the doors being placed in their final position first.

If the container doors are loaded to face the cab of the truck, the doors will be the last part of the container to be placed onto the ground. While the sales team can certainly help explain the process in more detail, it is the customer who better understands the final placement on site and must provide us appropriate door loading directions for delivery.

 

Doors to cab

Doors to rear

 

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