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7 Questions

New containers may all look alike on the outside. But what's going on under the surface? As you will see in the comparison below, there can be a big difference in quality, durability and capability between a low specification and high specification box.

So when you purchase a shipping container, no matter who is selling it to you, we strongly advise you to ask them the following seven questions.

 
High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

1

What is the Tare weight?

(The weight of the empty box)

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

2,185 kg

2,040 kg

That’s 145 kg less material

2

How thick is the roof panel?

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

t 2.0 mm

t 1.6 mm

Weak and prone to rust penetration

3

How thick are the side panels?

(For each of the five panels)

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

t 2.0 mm outer

t 1.6 mm inner

t 1.6 mm

Weak and prone
to rust penetration

4

How thick is the door panel?

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

t 2.0 mm

with 3 corrugations

(45 mm depth)

t 1.6 mm with 3

corrugations (45 mm depth)

Weak and cheap feeling

5

How strong is the floor payload test?

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

7,260 kg

5,460 kg

Likely floor failure
under heavy load

6

How many years is the paint gauranteed for?

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

5 years

2 years

7

What is the composition of the external paint?

(Specifically the thickness of the Zinc rich primer)

High Specification Box.
As always used by Flex-Box. We never use low spec.
Low Specification Box.
As used by many traders.

Zinc primer 30 um

Middle coat 40 um

Top coat 40 um

Zinc primer 10 um

Middle coat 40 um

Top coat 30 um

Very weak rust protection

When you have the answer to these seven questions, you can compare that box’s specifications to those of a Flex-Box container. Then you can make an informed decision on which of them you want to buy.