Conex containers are considered as some of the most impressive developments in the shipping industry. Also known as intermodal containers, these corrugated boxes are commonly used at sea, but can also be transported on the road and by train, and in some cases by plane.
The word ‘conex’ is actually an abbreviation for the term “container express”. And if you’re company is planning to purchase one to satisfy your logistics requirements, then this article is for you.
Read more as we are going to tackle the things you need to know before buying the best conex container.
Conex containers were first used during the Korea and Vietnam wars as means to ferry supplies to US troops in the quickest way possible. The basic design was made from corrugated steel and can accommodate up to 4,000 kilograms of weight.
Also, the locking mechanism of the conex container has made it possible to load and unload the boxes effortlessly which gave a solution to the logistical challenge of spending more time transferring supplies at that time.
In recent years, these containers are now used as building materials that some are even turned into or repurposed as houses or workplaces in construction sites.
Tips To Follow When Buying The Best Conex Containers For Your Company
A standard conex container is about 8.6 feet in height and 20 to 40 feet in length, while the width is 8 feet. However, you may also find containers that are 1 foot higher than the usual height. And in this section, we are now going to share the tips to follow before purchasing a corrugated box (es) for your company:
1. Check The Roof First – Go inside the container and check if the sunlight is already coming through the roof. If it does, then it’s an indication that the vessel is not watertight anymore, and you’ll have to look for another container. You also need to examine the exterior by looking for signs of rust and dents as this can compromise the integrity of the container in transporting supplies for point A to point B.
2. Check The Flooring – Most floors of conex containers are made of steel while some have wood flooring. If your chosen container has a steel floor, then you also have to check if it’s already rusting the same way you checked on the roof and the exterior of the box.
3. Height – This will depend on the type of cargo you are going to ship inside the container. If you are going to transport large equipment, then you might need a high cube. However, if you’re shipping items with average height, then choose the container with the standard height.
4. Doors – Check if the doors will close and open smoothly and if the latching mechanism is working properly.
5. Other considerations – Finally, here are some other things you have to take note when buying a conex container:
– Check if the container is insulated if your cargo requires temperature regulation.
– Inspect the inside if it has a funky smell that may compromise the quality of your cargo.
– And most importantly, make sure that the container is certified (has a CSC plate) to avoid being rejected at the port.