The Do’s And Don’ts Of Hiring Shipping Containers

The Do's and Don't's of hiring shipping containers

Hiring a shipping container is a great way to secure temporary storage or transportation for your goods. If you are wanting a shipping container, but unsure of how long you will need it, hiring a shipping container provides a low commitment and more affordable solution.

Whether you are moving house and need a place to temporarily store your furniture or want a safe, solid, convenient container to store excess goods for your blossoming business – ContainerCo has a range of different options with 10 ft, 40 ft and 20 ft containers for sale.

In this article, we will discuss the dos and don’ts of container hire.

The “do’s” of container hire

Use a company you trust

One of the best ways to ensure you are getting the very best shipping container you can is to use a high-quality, trustworthy, well-established company. Here at ContainerCo, we are one of New Zealand’s leading independent container storage and servicing businesses.

We have extensive experience in the shipping industry and industry-leading sales and leasing services.

Check the dimensions of the container

One of the most important things to do is check the dimensions of the container. It is also essential to measure the items that are going to be placed in the container. This will ensure that everything will fit perfectly. Measure the height, length and width or volume to determine what kind of container you will need. We have 10 ft, 40 ft and 20 ft shipping containers for sale in NZ.

We also have a select number of high cube containers for taller or larger items. Open-top containers are great for loose items and side opening containers in NZ provide easy access. Get in touch with the team today to see exactly what we have available for hire.

Container sizes can vary slightly between companies and weights can vary with age. Take a look at our sizing chart to get our estimated weights. Alternatively, speak with our team to get exact specifications for the container that you’re purchasing.

Consider the contents of the container

What you are going to be placing in the container plays a big role in the type of container you choose. For example, if you are wanting to store or transport liquids or hazardous goods, it is essential that you hire one of our hazardous goods containers.

These goods can corrode and damage a traditional container. Our hazardous goods containers have bundled flooring with a spill capacity of 1250 litres.

Alternatively, your items might need to be kept at a cool temperature. We have a range of temperature-controlled refrigerated containers for sale in NZ.

Store and package your items correctly

Whether you are storing your items or transporting them, it is integral that you package them properly. This includes keeping any fragile items in bubble wrap or packing peanuts, securing items to the walls of the container and stacking heavier/ larger items on the floor.

The “don’ts” of container hire

Don’t forget to map out your route

If you are using your container to transport items, map out your route beforehand. This includes any tunnels, powerlines and bridges. Planning this route can help you better choose the size of the container and the truck you will need to use.

Don’t forgo insurance

Getting insurance for your goods is a great idea. Especially if you are transporting them to a completely different location. Accidents can happen!


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 

Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 

We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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