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One trip shipping containers

New containers are often referred to as one trip containers.

In the container industry, both terms are used interchangeably.

Why is that?

Almost 98% of the shipping containers built worldwide, are manufactured in China. So almost all new cargo containers worldwide have made “one trip” overseas from a factory in China to arrive at its final destination.

As overseas shipping costs can outweigh the cost of the container itself, new containers are always loaded for their one trip on a container vessel. This process is standardized globally and loading the container with cargo helps cover the cost of shipping. This is why one trip containers are as close to “new” as available in the market.

One trip containers are in almost perfect condition inside and out. They are generally within 12 months of their date of manufacture as evidenced on the CSC approval plates attached to the cargo door. They meet internationally approved quality standards and are in the best condition available on the market.

JOURNEY OF A ONE TRIP CONTAINER

 

Every new container has made one trip, loaded with cargo, on a container vessel to arrive at its destination. As you can imagine, there are many steps along the way in a process that can generally take from 60 – 90 days.

Once manufactured, the empty container is loaded by a container handler onto a truck. The truck will travel to another manufacturer who will proceed to load cargo inside the container and after loading, will transport the loaded container to the port. The container will be loaded with a crane onto a container vessel where it can be stacked amongst hundreds of other containers, and sail to its destination port.

If the vessel is sailing into Canada, the process described above is reversed. However, Canadian logistics rely heavily on another intermodal factor to move containers from coast to coast, the railway. Most container vessels destined for a Canadian city, arrive through the port of Vancouver and will be unloaded via crane and loaded onto the rail for further transport inland.

The cargo freight trains will stop in various cities along the way from West to East coast and containers will be unloaded in the railyards of the destination cities. It will then be loaded onto a truck to deliver the cargo to its destination point. After the cargo inside is unloaded, the empty container will arrive via truck to an ATS location, inspected and stacked with a container handler. Once sold, it will be handled once again by the container handler and placed onto the delivery truck for final delivery.

WHAT CONDITION TO EXPECT FROM A ONE TRIP CONTAINER

 

As explained, a new container has a complex one trip journey with many points of loading and unloading along the way from factory to end point.

Every time a shipping container is handled, there can be visible signs of wear and tear that appear. These can be from the container handlers, forklifts loading and unloading the cargo, the cranes at each port, etc. As a result, a new container may have one or more of the following:

  • minor dents on the roof and/or side walls
  • scratches on the corner posts
  • small markings inside the container
  • forklifts loading and unloading the containers can also leave marks on the container floor


All of these signs of wear and tear from this process are considered normal for one trip or like new containers.

BENEFITS OF BUYING A ONE TRIP CONTAINER

 

One trip containers are in the best condition that shipping containers are available worldwide. As a result, they will have a longer useful life than their used container counterparts.



While minor aesthetic wear and tear should be expected, they will look in near perfect condition and require no maintenance. Once placed on level ground and evenly loaded, one trip containers doors will open easily compared to used container doors. The lockbox feature that is included on all ATS one trip cargo containers is an added security feature to protect the contents stored inside.



New containers are always at the forefront of technological advances in materials and manufacturing processes. Container flooring on one trip units continues to evolve to ensure material sustainability. New eco flooring options are available that minimize long term environmental impacts compared to flooring materials circulating on used cargo containers.



Another feature that has been available on new containers since 2017 is that they are painted at the factory with waterborne paint compared to used containers that were painted with solvent based paint. New innovations in waterborne paint and paint application are providing the equivalent ISO paint standard while minimizing harmful volatile organic compounds emitted during application.



Another consideration for buying a one trip container is the resale value. The long lifespan of the new container will maintain its good condition and thus, retain a high resale value should you wish to dispose of the storage container in the future.

BUY A 20FT ONE TRIP CONTAINER

 

One of the most common inquiries we receive is to buy a 20’one trip shipping container. This size is the most common container size in circulation as they are durable, stackable, cost-effective and fit into most spaces.

To learn more about our 20′ one-trip containers, click here.

BUY A 40FT ONE TRIP CONTAINER

 

If you are looking to buy a 40’ one trip shipping container, you will notice that it is more economical to buy one 40ft one trip container than buying two 20’ ft one trip containers. This 40’ size offers larger cargo storage capability and are also available in high cube (“HC”) height which is an extra foot in storage height (9’6”H).

To learn more about our 40′ one-trip containers, click here.

BUY SPECIALIZED ONE TRIP CONTAINER

 

One thing to note is the ever-evolving range of specialized one trip containers available. This can be interesting for very specialized applications such as when looking to buy a one trip reefer container for cold storage, or to buy a chemical storage container with integrated spill basin for dangerous goods containment. The specialized options are endless and include but are not limited to side door openings, reefer containers, double door containers, etc. ATS carries a large range of specialized one trip containers in Toronto and Montreal.

To learn more about our specialized one-trip containers, click here.

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