How to Customize a Shipping Container for Your Business Needs

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One advantage of shipping containers is that the interior provides something of a blank slate so that it can be used to ship just about any type of object no matter its overall size and dimensions. However, that blank slate may also mean that the shipping container doesn't offer a very secure way of shipping your packed items and may also trap heat and humidity that could damage something delicate. Note a few modifications you may want to consider in order to customize a shipping container for your business needs to protect whatever it is that you're shipping.

Shelving and cabinets

Very often the item you are shipping will need to have smaller parts, tools and other such pieces shipped with it. You might secure these small pieces in boxes or bins but may also need a way to secure those boxes and bins in the shipping container. Adding shelves and cabinets that are designed just for these accessories and smaller pieces or for keeping those boxes and bins secure can reduce the risk of those items coming loose and sliding around the container.


The item being shipped in the container may need to include a hand cart or other long pieces with it; if shelving and cabinets are not the right solution, brackets might be added to the walls of the container. These brackets can hold hand carts, metal rods, poles, pipes, and other such long and narrow pieces very securely. This will keep them from rolling or rattling around and potentially getting damaged while being shipped.


To make it easier to load and unload certain items, you might have a sliding ramp added to the shipping container. While shipping containers do sit low to the ground, even a slight lip or edge along the entryway can cause a forklift or other piece of equipment to bump and jostle something as it's being loaded or unloaded, potentially causing damage. A ramp provides a smoother entryway for loading and unloading.

Temperature and humidity control

Even an insulated shipping container may not be sufficient to protect your shipped items from temperature and humidity fluctuations. A heating and cooling unit and a dehumidifier can be needed, especially if the shipping container will go through many different changes of temperature and humidity along its shipping route. Remember that the container may be exposed to direct sunlight and may also absorb humidity while it's travelling along an ocean route, so temperature and humidity controls can protect machinery, foodstuffs, medicines, furs and other such delicate items.

To learn more, contact a company like Tasbulk Pty Ltd.