We have a range of ISO containers available for you to choose from which are all designed and built to withstand global transport by road, rail or sea. ISO containers are specifically designed to carry goods overseas, aboard container liners. For this reason they have to be built to very precise specifications and standards, otherwise they could pose a risk to the safety of anyone handling it, or cause damage to other containers being transported alongside. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) sets down rigorous standards which a container to be used for sea journeys must conform to.
Are all shipping containers suitable for shipping?We frequently get asked at Containers Direct how to tell whether a container is suitable for shipping or not. It can be confusing, as nearly all containers are described as shipping containers, but not all are suitable for shipping. The answer lies in whether it is an ISO container.
All shipping containers built from new are ISO containers, made from Corten steel and designed to carry extremely heavy loads, but many are sold off after only a few journeys to be used as storage units, because of their strength. So technically they are still shipping containers, but are no longer used for actual shipping. Many containers are modified once they are being used as a storage unit - for instance it may be cut to a smaller size, have the doors altered and maybe a lock box added. Even minor changes to a shipping container will change its ISO certification.