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1. Clear your requirements

(1) Where do you need to pick up the containers?
(2) What type & size of shipping containers  do you want?
(3) What condition of the containers do you need?

2. Enqiry us

You can contact our sales dept by Email, Hotline: 400-656-6156(China only, for overseas: +86-21-63931256/63931266/56775385),  or QQ:4006566156 on line, Note: if you have installed QQ on your computer, you will get a dialog box showingEnterprise QQ, Please click Confirm to confirm. QQ is a good instant messager(IM) just like Skype, You can download the International version here.

You can also Request a quotation on Line, We will revert to you within one working day.

3. Place your order

When you confirmed the price & all the terms with us, Please send your purchase order by Email to us, with your company's details for invoicing please. Then you will get our Invoice by Email.

4. Release & Pick up

We will send the Delivery Order to you once payment received, then you can pick up the containers against the delivery order. If you also ordered survey service from us, we will proceed for the operation. will provide you the Survey Report & relevant Pictures. For the brand new containers, we will provide you the Certificate of Inspection free of charge.


The majority of used containers are typically 10-15 years old when sold by the international shipping interests that originally owned and operated the equipment in international trade. Most are sold as they are considered to have reached the end of their practical working life. This does not however mean that containers are valueless or without new productive applications. Therefore we have our grading system that addresses the important aspects depending upon the intended use: 

  • New (brand new or one trip)
  • Premium or IICL-5 (2 to 8 years old): Excellent condition, meets specific repair standards suitable for regular cargo use. 
  • CW - Cargo Worthy (Over 8 years old): Structurally sound, suitable for project or single move shipping. 
  • WWT - Wind and watertight (over 8 years old): Suitable for storage. 
  • AS IS: Minor damage, should be inspected prior to purchase. 
  • Handyman: Needs work, damage to the container could be expensive to repair. 

By default, Gateway sales used containers in Cargo Worthy condition

We guarantee any container you buy from us will be delivered in wind and watertight condition unless specified otherwise.
Before containers are released to you they are inspected at our depot to give you extra peace of mind.

Generally all used containers have been used in the shipping industry for over 10 years, so there will be some level of physical obsolescence such as minor dents and exterior rust. We inspect every one of our units and will warrant them to be structurally sound and watertight. We are known for quality used cargo containers.

Every shipping line has different policy for shippers owned containers; the booking or customer service departments will have the information you need. If you are not familiar with the procedure for shipping a container to overseas, it is best that you let a freight forwarder handle this for you. If the shipping line requests you to provide the  "container condition survey report",  we can provide that too for an additional cost.

Custom's rules regarding the import / export of containers varies by countries. If you are not familiar with the procedure, it is best that you let a freight forwarder handle this for you.

Yes, very. Shipping containers are made for transporting goods across the oceans – often on decks of ships. They have heavy duty rubber door seals which keep out the elements. Used shipping containers sold into the storage and the re-use market can have damaged door seals or damage to the steel roof or sides but most companies selling used containers will ensure that they are inspected and repaired before they are delivered or released. There are low-grade containers around which have usually been sold and used before and then sold on again. These containers will often be at least 15 to 20 years old and whilst some of this age can be in very good condition there is a risk that there may be corrosion or damage to doors, sides, roof etc. It is a case of ‘let the buyer beware’ and ‘you get what you pay for’. There is a strong market for new and used shipping containers so expect to pay a fair market price for a good wind and watertight container.


1. 原本合法的海关认证、船级社认证信息被非法的伪造的信息所替代;
2. 原本表面合法的ACEP自动检验程序被有限的或者非法的检验日期所替代;
3. 铭牌箱东信息与箱号PREFIX不一致;
4. 铭牌载重信息与箱体不一致;
5. 更换铭牌的不规范操作造成集装箱破损。


1. 客户租用我公司集装箱,未经集装箱所有人即我司许可,不得擅自更换我公司集装箱铭牌。
2. 客户自己更改或更换铭牌,如经我司同意,可改动的内容仅限生产日期。
3. 为应客户实际需求,客户委托我司更改或更换铭牌,我司收取相关费用,费用标准如下:
(1) 快递铭牌给客户,由客户自己安装,收费RMB100 OR USD15.-/张,客户须保证不得因更换铭牌造成集装箱破损。
(2) 客户如委托我公司安装,由此产生的施工费用、吊机费用等由客户承担。



Shipping containers – especially more recent ones which are of high manufactured quality – are very robust and well over-specified for use as storage. Storage is unlikely to submit a shipping container to the rigours of sea transport with cargo. A new shipping container put directly into storage use could be expected to last up to 50 years. Obviously this depends on many factors such as the type of use they are put to or if the original structure or paint work has been disturbed as a result of modifications. A used container will last less time because it will already have had a life at sea and in transport but they will still give very good service and there is no reason why a good standard used container cannot last 20 years. Life expectancy of a used container will depend mainly on the condition of the doors and the roof.


Yes we do. Please bear in mind when we quote a buy-back price that we have to consider the costs including Lift off/on charges, Storage before re-sale, Market risk, Repair & Maintenance, Potential profit, & etc. 

There are occasions when we are unable to buy-back due to location, i.e. it may be too far for it to be viable to take the container back to one of our yards.

Request a Quote for Container Buyback