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Container Grades

When buying a container you may be asked what condition you would like it in or whether you intend to use it for shipping or not. Below are some of the more common terms used to describe conditions and their meanings:

As is condition – Here the container will be in exactly the same condition as it was originally purchased. No repairs would have been carried out and the container could be suitable for shipping however no inspection or repairs would have been carried out and the unit could be damaged.

IICL5 sound condition – Estimated and repaired in accordance with the latest criteria laid down by the IICL (International Institute Of Container Lessors) committee, a body which is made up of various container owning companies generally adopted by the industry.

Cargoworthy sound condition – Inspected and repaired to a standard considered acceptable for shipping by the industry.

CSC plated/Shipper – As above the box will have been inspected and certified as approved for shipping and both IICL and cargoworthy containers will have a valid CSC plate or ACEP (approved continuous examination program) sticker usually valid between 3-24 months.

Wind and watertight – Inspected and repaired where necessary to the minimum standard as required to be suitable for U.K domestic storage use only i.e no holes/splits or major damages impeding door opening functionality or loading. Wind and watertight containers are sometimes sold in 3 grades A,B and C. This grading system will mean different things for different companies but generally apply to used equipment with A grade being the best overall condition. B grade will still be in good wind and watertight condition for general storage and C grade are usually “as is.”

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