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What is a Container Grade and Why is It Important?

by | Jun 27, 2021

Containers are an integral part of the shipping industry, trade and transportation. This is a perfect solution to transport various kinds of goods, such as furniture, office archives, books etc. from one place to another. They are designed to store and preserve your personal belongings in the best possible way.

 

Also, there is a wide choice of shipping containers in different types and sizes, depending on your needs.

 

Besides different dimensions, there are also diverse grades, so if you are interested in finding a container that meets your needs, you might find the following lines pretty useful.

 

What are the Container Grades?

 

There are various types of containers and the grade indicates their condition. Some are brand new, but you can also find used ones that can be damaged. Although you might think that can affect only the aesthetics, it can cause many structural issues. That’s why you should not leave it to the case and choose a container rated with a high grade.

 

Bad weather conditions such as rain, moisture, and sun exposure will leave a mark on containers sooner or later and cause their degradation. Besides, they can be deteriorated by transportation or heavy machinery, although they are built to last for a long time.

 

Depending on the cargo container grade, there is a different price for each one of them, so that is another thing you should pay attention to. 

 

Which Container Grade to Choose?

 

  • A Grade 

 

This is a high-quality, clean and neat container, and it is on the top of our list, of course. As usual, the more you pay, the better service you get. The same is with cargo containers. 

 

The A Grade containers are the perfect solution for long term depository of articles, such as books, furniture, office archives, transport of product etc. 

 

The container is completely weather-proof, and it can withstand even the hardest weather conditions. It is protected from the inside with a lockbox so it can’t be opened by intruders, and you can rest assured that no one will break into and steal your valuable belongings.

 

The walls are almost fully straight, they can be freshly painted to a colour of your choice, so everything looks smooth and elegant, without any damages. 

 

  • B Cargo Container Grade

 

Another choice could be a B grade container. This one is in a good condition, tidy, and it is excellent for garden cast off, tools, machinery and vehicles. 

 

The container is completely resistant to rain, snow and strong wind. Just like an A grader, it also has a lockbox to protect from thieves. Any previous damage is covered, and every low area in the roof is pushed up, to prevent water pooling. 

 

  • C Grade Container or Wind and Water Tight

 

Just as the name says, these containers are water and wind tight, and that is the most important to have in mind. People who decide to pick this container do not request a fancy appearance. 

 

Their priority is to have their belongings in a safe place, away from harsh weather conditions, or maybe to transport their goods securely.

 

The surface is touched up where it needs to be and severe dents are straightened out. All doors, door seals and looking bars are overlooked and restored. Low areas in the roof are pushed up to prevent water pooling.

 

  • SOOS Container Grade

 

It means straight out of stacks are recommendable for people who are looking for something economical and useful. 

 

If you are looking for safe storage and you want to be assured that your goods won’t be damaged by any weather conditions, you can choose this container grade.

Bigger damage is straightened out and all doors are checked and repaired. 

 

As you can see, there are multiple cargo container grades, it depends on the personal preferences which one you choose. If you are still not sure, you can contact Containers Options, a company with long experience, to help you make the right decision.