Not a week goes by that we don't get a call or form submission from folks looking for shipping containers for super low prices. One of the more common statements is some variation of:
“I just got back from the beach and there were shipping containers stacked five or six high almost everywhere, with all those containers just laying around I should be able to buy one cheap!”
Unfortunately things are not always as they appear.
Yes, there are a lot of shipping containers stacked up at ports and shipping container lay down yards around the world, but the majority of these shipping containers aren't actually for sale.
In reality there it is estimated that there are anywhere from 10 million to 16 million shipping containers on the planet. The biggest players in shipping container ownership are, for obvious reasons, international shipping companies like Maersk, Hamburg Sud, COSCO, and container rental/leasing companies like Textainer, Sea Cube, and Blue Sky Intermodal.
In recent years shipping companies have increased the number of years they use these shipping containers and typically try to keep them in rotation via imports and exports around the world. In doing so these companies save money by not having to build new containers but this also means that fewer containers are available to people interested in purchasing them for their own personal storage or shipping container modification project.
The majority of shipping containers seen along the coast are either in route to their final destination, or are waiting to be loaded with goods before being sent to their next location. Just because they are seen sitting in port does not necessarily mean they are for sale and are not in use.
These factors lead to shipping containers not being in such a surplus as some might think, but worry not DropBox Inc. is here to meet all of your shipping container and shipping container modification needs.
Here at DropBox Inc. we have built relationships with international shipping companies, container rental/leasing companies, as well as shipping container manufacturers in the US and around the world. We can get the shipping container you need for your project. Whether you are looking to simply purchase an ISO shipping container or to create a shipping container modification we have the people and expertise to meet your needs.