Shipping containers have revolutionized the transportation and storage industry. They are durable, versatile, and can withstand extreme weather conditions. However, every used shipping container is never the same looking. Some will have more dents and surface rust than others. In this blog post, I will explore why this is the case and what factors contribute to the differences in appearance. Our clients at BoxMate are often wanting to know what condition the shipping containers are in and hopefully I will be able to give you a better idea of what to expect when you purchase a shipping container with BoxMate.


Firstly, it is essential to understand that shipping containers are made from steel. Steel is a durable and long-lasting material that is used for construction, manufacturing, and transportation. However, steel is not immune to the external elements. When exposed to the environment, steel can rust, corrode, and deteriorate over time. The rate at which this happens depends on the conditions in which the container is stored or transported.


When a shipping container is transported across the ocean, it is subjected to extreme weather conditions. High winds, rough seas, and salty air can cause wear and tear on the container’s exterior. The constant movement of the container can also cause it to shift and hit against other containers or equipment, resulting in dents and scratches. All these factors contribute to the container’s appearance and the level of wear and tear that it shows.


Another factor that contributes to the appearance of a used shipping container is its previous use. Shipping containers are not only used for transporting goods across the ocean, but they can also be repurposed for a variety of applications, such as storage units, mobile offices, and even homes. The previous use of the container can affect its appearance. For example, a container that was used to store machinery may have more scratches and dents than one that was used to store clothing.


The age of the container is also a factor to consider. The older the container, the more wear and tear it will show. An older container may have surface rust, which is a common occurrence in steel. Surface rust is not harmful to the container’s integrity, but it does affect its appearance. The amount of surface rust that a container has can vary depending on its age and the conditions in which it was stored.


Every used shipping container that we sell at BoxMate is never the same looking. Some will have more dents and surface rust than others. This is due to a variety of factors, such as the container’s previous use, age, and the conditions in which it was stored or transported. Despite these differences in appearance, shipping containers remain a durable and versatile option for transportation and storage. Whether you need a container for shipping, storage, or having modifications done, it is essential to choose one that meets your specific needs and requirements.

Contact us a BoxMate for any more information on the condition of our containers.

Neill Warren

National Sales Manager