What are containers made of?
Modalart intermodal freight and shipping containers are made of Corten
steel. This is a high-tensile, anti-corrosion steel that is strong,
durable, and capable of surviving extreme weather conditions on the
Our units have marine ply floors which have been tested for a safe storage
load of 24 - 30 metric tons and air vents for air circulation.
Containers generally have double opening doors at one end with locking
bars and catches. Modalart also offers containers with double doors
on either end, plus a variety of other container configurations.
Container design, and types.
Dimensions and weights
HOW SECURE ARE SHIPPING
Modalart containers are very secure and essentially vandal proof. For
added security you can have your unit installed with a locking case,
also known as lockbox. This added security helps prevent opening your
padlock with bolt cutters. In addition, Modalart offers standard and
shipping container door locks.
What is the difference between aN ISO storage and a shipping container?
There is none. All shipping containers can be used as ground storage
conform to the International Organisation for Standardization
recommendations on dimensions, corner fittings, markings and ratings
GUIDE TO CONDITIONS:
All containers arriving at our depots are initially listed "As-Is".
(Our shipping lines generally retire containers after they have been
in service for approx. 10 - 12 years.)
Upon inspection, the damaged and scrap units are removed from our inventory
and continue to be listed "As-Is". The remaining units are then put
up for sale and are graded as: "Wind and watertight". Some of these
units might have light damages.
Importantly, they are sold first out of stack at our depots.
See images of typical container
Wind and Watertight ("WWT"):
Great for storing materials that need to stay dry and secure. Structurally
sound wind- and water-tight containers with original markings still
applied and possible surface rust and minor dents.
MODALART WWT QUALITY GUARANTEE:
No Leaks - no holes in container
walls, roof, or floor
Working Doors - open and close properly
Door seals are undamaged
Wooden floor boards are
Functioning lock rods
Clean and empty
Images of typical units:
Cargo Worthy ("CW"): Grade required to ship overseas,
and certifiable for export:
Structurally sound wind- and water-tight containers, cargo-worthy for
shipping, often in cosmetically better condition than WWT units.
Premium ("IICL"): The Institute of International Container Lessors
has the strictest and highest standards for used container repairs that
are off hired.
Factory Refurbished ("FR"): Cargo-worthy containers that
have been painted (interior and exterior) and have all new seals and
"New / One Trip": Factory new, one trip
from the Asian manufacturer
to the USA with one cargo load.
If you can't visit the depot to inspect your unit, we have a
solution for you! ModalART offers container inspections
by certified marine surveyors for a menial fee.
Please give the surveyor one or two days to complete the report
before scheduling pickup with your trucking company.
See examples of inspection reports.
DO I NEED
PERMISSION TO KEEP A SHIPPING CONTAINER?
Since shipping containers are non-permanent structures, you
don’t need to obtain a permission to keep them on your premises. However,
you might get complaints from neighbors if you store your container
in a residential area, near a road junction, or where sight lines may
be affected. To avoid this, you might want to apply to the local municipality
to approve a short term use of a container. In any event, we recommend
you check with your local authorities prior to delivery.
YOU CUSTOM PAINT AND/OR MODIFY MY CONTAINER FOR ME?
Used cargo containers come in a variety of colors. If you find those
unsuitable for your needs, our workshops in NYC, CT and MD can provide
custom exterior painting in your corporate and/or
We can also add 6' roll-up or personnel doors, windows, lock boxes,
louver and turbine vents to you container. Modalart can manufacture
to any of your specifications! Just submit your drawings and designs
for a free quote.
See some of our projects.
BUY MY CONTAINER BACK AT A LATER DATE?
Yes, we will be happy to buy back units, of course, subject to their
age, condition, and their market value at the time of offer.
HOW MUCH DOES
IT COST TO DELIVER MY CONTAINER?
Transportation costs will obviously vary depending on the distance your
container needs to travel from our depot to your destination. While
we do not transport containers ourselves, you can get a free quote
on delivery here
www.modalart.com/form.htm. Trucking companies, brokers, and
carriers will independently email you a quote.
Two 20’ containers can be transported on one truck, thus substantially
reducing transportation costs per unit.
WHAT IS a SCAC Code?
A Standard Carrier Alpha Code is a unique two to four letter code that
identifies and verifies those transportation companies that have proper
insurance to enter the terminal.
If you wish to pick up your container yourself, or use a trucking company,
please ensure that you/they are set up in our terminal system with a
CAN I INSPECT
THE CONTAINERS BEFORE I PURCHASE?
Yes, you are welcome to inspect our containers before purchase.
To help us make your visit productive, we will need to know the quantity,
grade and size of containers that you are looking for. This will determine
which depot to visit.
Please bear in mind that most depots are neither manned to receive unexpected
visits, nor make personnel available for you to remove a particular
container that is buried in a stack. You will need to contact us well
in advance to arrange for a visit.
If you can't visit the depot to inspect your unit, we have a
solution for you! ModalART offers third-party container inspections
by certified marine surveyors for a menial fee.
See examples of inspection reports.
HOW DOES The buying process
Register as a new customer with ModalART
then place your order.
After you have agreed to purchase, ModalART will email you an invoice.
We will confirmed availability of your containers at the quoted
price and at the depot nearest to you, and will have reserved
You pay the invoice, and ModalART receives the funds.
After ModalART has received your funds, you and/or the depot/terminal
will be sent a release reference. If ModalART is not shipping for
you, you will need to provide this documentation to your trucking
company. After giving the depot/terminal 24 hour notice, your truck
can pick up your container(s).
CAN YOU SHARE
REFERENCES OR CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS?
Yes! It is crucial to
us that your are 100% satisfied with our products and services ! We
strive to provide your with top quality shipping containers at the
most competitive prices across the USA. Our goal is to make each and
very customer experience and excellent and memorable one.
customer's testimonials. We truly
appreciate all customers that
feedback with us! Thank you very much!
CAN YOU HELP
US FINANCE OUR CONTAINER PURCHASE?
Financing offers loans for as low as $15.000.
the Equipment Finance Application,
or go to the
online credit application.
Note that ModalART
is providing you with the above information for your convenience
only, and any financing agreement will be directly between you and
one of the above lender.
HOW DO I
TAKE DELIVERY OF MY SHIPPING CONTAINERS?
Our container prices
are ex depot and do not include delivery. You can pick up the containers
yourself, or arrange for delivery with your, or one of our trucking partners
for an additional charge.
We do not mark
up transport to keep your final container cost as low as possible!
quote on delivery. You will receive our current container price
list instantly, which includes a list of trucking contacts.
providers will then independently send you an email with their quote
on delivery. Please get in touch with the trucking company you
select directly to make the final arrangements.
Delivery can usually
be arranged within 24-48 hours and in some cases, same day delivery
is possible. Keep in mind that estimated delivery times and dates can
be adversely affected by weather, traffic, scheduling, availability
and mechanical failure, and are therefore not guaranteed.
truck (conventional step deck trailer)
If you have the ability to offload the container at your premises
using a forklift, loader, or crane, we can arrange for delivery
of your container with a flat-bed trailer.
If you would like the carrier to unload your container, we will
arrange for delivery
Their decks are hydraulically tipped allowing the container to gently
slide off the bed and onto the ground.
The following is important for a smooth delivery:
The truck will need ample room to back in and unload.
Please keep in mind that the large trucks are 75 feet long. Although
they are only 8'6" wide, at least 12' of width is advisable. In
case of very tight spaces, you can rent a forklift to move your
container on site.
You will need about 80’ of straight clearance when taking delivery
of a 20’ container and 100’ straight clearance for a 40’ container.
clearance needs to be at least 14' - 20' for the loaded truck. When
the trailer is tilted, the highest point would be about 28' high.
Please take note when depositing your container indoors.
Be aware of any trees, overhanging branches, fences, low hanging
power lines or other obstacles that that would impede access to
your property and placement of the container. These obstacles need
to be cleared before delivery. Some situations can be remedied if
you get delivery by a crane truck.
Please keep in mind that
Landoll trucks weigh approx. 40.000 lbs.
and can easily get stuck in soggy ground.
You will need a relatively level, smooth, and firm site to place
the container, such as
cement, pavement, asphalt or gravel. On
soft, unstable surfaces each corner casting should either be placed
on a concrete footing, railroad ties, asphalt, or a level bed of
gravel to distribute the weight evenly. This will ensure that container
doors will operate smoothly
Shipping containers only have doors at one end. To have them facing
in the desired direction once offloaded on your property, provide
instructions on how the container is to be first loaded onto the
delivery vehicle. Indicate “doors facing to truck cabin” or “doors
facing to truck rear /
based on your site, how you are going to load the container, and
how the driver will need to access the site so when it is offloaded
the doors will face in the desired direction.
Please note: Requirements for picking up containers at a
marine terminal vs. inland container depot:
have a valid
TWIC and SeaLink® Card.
have a valid RFID tag and be registered properly in
company should be registered with the Uniform Intermodal
Interchange Agreement (UIIA).
company should have valid insurance and credit with the
Steamship Line (SSL).
DO I NEED TO Neutralize/de-identify containers
after MY purchase?
When you become an owner of a container,
you will be responsible for removing all steamship line decals and ownership
markings from the box. This is called "de-identification" or "neutralization."
It can be as easy as painting them over. The removal of decals and markings
is legally required in the purchase documents.
This is legally required because it confirms
that the container is no longer part of the shipping line/leasing company
fleet. This avoids any future confusion about ownership of units.
Those that do not neutralize their units
will be considered in a breach of contract, and their units will be
Modalart can provide de-identification
and neutralizes services
for a nominal fee.
WHAT ARE THE Requirements for international
Containers must have a
valid safety approval plate or
(Container Safety Convention) that confirms that the unit is
safe for handling. The plate is valid for five years from the date
the ISO container was manufactured.
Units without a valid CSC plate will be rejected for
loading at the terminal.
can be maintained by
(Periodic Examination Scheme)
inspection update which
valid for a
maximum of 30 months,
ACEP (Approved Continuous Examination
container is inspected continuously.
If you wish to ship your container
overseas, it must be inspected and certified by a Certified Marine Surveyor to ensure that
the unit is structurally sound.
Modalart can provide inspection services
prior to unit pick-up at a terminal
or depot facility for a nominal fee.
Certified Container Inspectors Search
What remedies are available if I receive
a container with major damages?
If you receive a new, one trip
unit that is damaged, immediately document all damages (pictures and
repair estimate) and send this to Modalart within 48 hrs of receipt
of container. We will then inform the steamship that brought the unit
in. Subsequently, a surveyor will then be sent to your location to inspect
the container. Modalart will then negotiate an acceptable amount for
discount after the claim is settled with the steamship line.
If you receive a used container with major
damages, also contact Modalart immediately with photos and a written
estimate of damages
within 48 hrs of receipt of container.
Modalart will work with you to resolve any issues concerning excessive
damages that were unknown to Modalart and the customer at the time of
Common Container Abbreviations
Not inspected before sale.
This container quality standard is required to ship the container
DV / DC
Dry Van /
Dry Container. "Dry Van" Container transporting dry vs.
Container: Doors at each end, also called “tunnel containers.”
Two 10′ units welded together back to back and pre-configured
for separation into 10' units.
Container: Containers with no sides or top, may have end barriers
(front and back) that fold down, or are fitted with fixed corner
posts to secure cargo.
Access Container: Similar to an Open Side container, however,
fitted with doors along the entire length of the container to
provide full access on that side.
Portable diesel or electric power generator that provides
electricity for refrigerated containers when being
transported on trucks or rail wagons.
Container: Used for most general purpose cargo. This is
the standard container size, no bells and whistles (e.g. reefer).
It's 40' x 8' x 8'6" for an FEU and 20' x 8' x 8'6" for an TEU.
HC / HQ
or "High-Cube" containers are 9’6” tall.
- containers are either 4' or 4'3" high
Reefer" see Reefer
Identifies a „good“ condition,
better than WWT, and oftentimes CW.
Container: For cargo that requires moderate temperature control,
this is essentially a refrigerated container without the cooling
components. These are primarily used for domestic storage.
One trip from
the Asian manufacturer to the US with one cargo load.
Standard general purpose container with four walls and a floor
but no top, often covered with a tarp and called a “Ragtop.”
Container: One side of the container opens as well as the end.
or rather temperature controlled containers mostly capable
of keeping a cargo temperature range of at least –25 C to
Wind and watertight (great
for storage). See above.
CONTAINER NEWS & USES
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stores, apartment buildings, student's quarters, hotels, motels, guest
houses, shops, galleries, emergency shelters.
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