The container as a commodity has some characteristics that are important to know when planning a purchase.
Containers are usually sold as "like new" and rarely as "new".
Now, what is the background of the term "like new"?
Containers are usually shipped with cargo after they have been produced in China. This is beneficial for several reasons. First, it is more profitable from an economic point of view. Shipping empty involves high costs, while a container that is shipped full is not considered goods, but packaging. Thus, costs are saved. This is not only favorable for the retailer, but also for the buyer. The selling price decreases and the end consumer gets a product as good as new. Often you will see the wording "container like new, after one sea voyage".
If this is not an option for a buyer, it is also possible to ship containers empty. In this case, the freight rate for the empty shipment will lead to additional costs. In return, the buyer gets a container that has never been filled. Nevertheless, the container has already been transported and has a sea voyage behind it. Slight signs of use on the corner fittings can hardly be prevented.
Within used containers there are different labels, depending on the condition of the container. These provide information about the purposes for which the containers can still be used.
Common descriptions for the classifications within used containers include "CW" for "Cargo Worthy", "WWT" for "Weather and Water Tight" and "AS IS".
When it comes to these descriptions, it's all in the name.
For a container to pass as "CW" (Cargo Worthy), they must be capable of transporting goods safely. These containers, just like new and like-new containers, have a CSC or comparable certification. This allows for the containers to be transported via ship or rail.
"WWT" (Weather and Water Tight) containers no longer have a CSC certificate. However, they can still be used as storage containers. The container is, as the name suggests, wind and water tight. For transport you can use a truck, because for road transport you do not need a CSC.
"AS IS" containers usually have multiple or major damages and are also sold with them. Often these are either repaired or used for storage of insensitive goods. These containers can also be purchased inexpensively and their materials can be processed further.
If you need a container in the near future, it is best to think about the following in advance.
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