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Transportation Delivery Checklist

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Delivery Checklist

Before delivery, go through this checklist to ensure your location can successfully accommodate the container. If our truck driver believes conditions are unsafe, the container will not be delivered (shipping charges will still apply).

Enough Space

In order to ensure everyone's safety, please ensure there is adequate space for delivery and you have a safe environment for the driver. All of our partner haulers put safety first, and if we can't safely deliver at your site we won't. However, you will still be responsible for trucking charges. Nobody wants that, so please make safety a priority and ensure you have adequate space for delivery. The Tilt-Bed will need 40' of additional space to deliver (60' total for 20' containers) and the Roll-Off truck will need 60' of additional space (100' total for 40' containers). Please note, if we cannot safely deliver, you will still be charged for trucking.

Delivery trucks are almost 10' wide so they will need to have enough space to drop off the container and leave. Our Container Specialists will go over the specifics with you.

Keep Your Container Out of Water

In order to support heavy loads while in transit, intermodal shipping containers have steel cross-members underneath the wood floors. The cross-members are strong enough to withstand some rust, but if you set your container directly on top of an area where water will pool after a storm that steel underneath the floor with eventually fail. Leaving you with a softening floor after only a few years on the ground. Please make sure to keep your cross-members out of water by having wood blocks, railroad ties, etc. ready for the driver at delivery.


If we're unable to maneuver into your site, risk sinking into soft ground, or are obstructed by things like trees, power lines and gates, the driver may refuse delivery and the customer charged for the dry run. Please contact us with questions before placing your order.


The combined weight of the truck, trailer and container can combine to be over 45,000-pounds. It's important that your delivery surface be firm. If there is a risk of sinking into ground not firm enough to support the truck, the driver has the right to make the decision not to deliver. If your site is questionable, make sure you talk to us before ordering... or have a back-up spot in mind where there won't be any issues

Hard Surface

Our trucks and containers are heavy! Surfaces that are soft (muddy, sandy, grassy) can cause delivery trucks to sink.

Make Sure the Doors are Level

The most common issue after delivery is that the doors don't open and close easily. Even though containers are all steel, if they are on uneven surfaces or loaded heavy to one side, they can twist just slightly enough for the doors not to line up properly and be very difficult to open and close. The best solution is to place wood blocks under the door frame (and ideally the length of the container). This will ensure your doors line up properly and open/close smoothly.

Even Surface

Be sure the container is placed on an even surface. If the surface is not level, cargo doors may not open and close properly and the container may tilt to one side if the load is not balanced. To prevent this, consider placing wood or concrete blocks underneath the container.

No Obstructions

Our trucks need at least 16' clearance when offloading the container. Be sure there are no powerlines, tree branches or other obstructions that will prevent delivery.

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