We set up the business in 2002 in order to source used containers for the international storage company now known as Mobile Mini. In that year “one-way” containers began arriving from China. Newly manufactured, they were packed with cargo bound for the UK. Once unloaded these containers became available for sale, being classified as “new-build”.
Having worked their passage, they cost considerably less than new containers shipped empty and less than half the price of anything manufactured in the UK. Quick to recognise this advantage, we led the way in acquiring large stocks of these containers to sell on.
Our business model was and still is, the capability to supply new-build containers directly to the customers’ sites nationwide, in whatever type and quantity they want. The only way to fulfil our promises and deliver this service successfully is to have ownership and control of enough containers to meet all contingencies.
At any one time, we hold stock worth around £2 million - large and resilient enough to cope with any demand, for example: an order for 200 containers to transport a dismantled petrochemical plant; or for 500 containers to store fireworks at retail outlets nationwide.
Container Sales (UK) Ltd are able to provide these from our own stocks throughout the UK for immediate delivery. As they are designed for use in a marine environment, they have a very long life expectancy for storage or conversion to accommodation or retail use. They all feature high locking bars for ease of use; 28mm treated marine grade plywood; factory fitted lockbox; blue or green exterior finish and ventilation.
A used container obviously offers a cost-saving compared with newbuild, but, as with any second-hand item, you need to be sure it will continue fully to serve its purpose for a worthwhile length of time. We take seriously the responsibility to provide you with the reassurance you need.
All our used containers are thoroughly inspected by our own highly experienced team and guaranteed to be structurally sound, watertight and suitable for use as secure storage units. For export purposes, we can recertify them with valid CSC (Container Safety Convention).
If they are to be converted to lead a new life, for example, like shops, classrooms, offices, cafes or workshops, they are also playing an environmentally friendly role. Having fulfilled their original transportation purpose, they are being cost-effectively recycled.
Offshore Storage Containers are used for storing equipment, tools and other items used in the offshore oil and gas industry. They are designed to unique and rigorous standards - Lloyds and DNV appraisals, as well as all relevant offshore standards and specifications including DNV 2.7-1 and EN12079. This ensures they can be lifted in open water, such as from ship to roil rig, as well as being able to withstand extreme variations in temperature.