Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Advanced Container Co believes in providing our clients the necessary information to make an informed decision when purchasing a shipping container. Therefore, we have provided some frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have more questions, please done hesitate to contact us.

We will also handle any modifications you need. A few of our mods include adding doors & windows, or whole conversions like portable offices, container homes, portable restrooms, and more.



We have been in business since 2000 and have over 40 years of container industry experience. We have been a leading supplier of steel shipping containers for Texas, the Gulf Coast, the U.S., and around the world. We pride ourselves on exceeding customer needs and expectations. Learn more about us here.

New Shipping Containers

Our new shipping containers are one-trip containers, meaning they are only used once before reaching their destination. They were manufactured, loaded with cargo, shipped, and unloaded before they reach our depot. Since these new shipping containers have been handled in the port, they will only have a few minor dents and scratches.

Used Shipping Containers

Our used containers have been transporting goods all around the world for years. They are inspected and kept up to compliance standards because these cargo containers are very durable and designed to be long-lasting. If you need a quality, long lasting shipping container but do not want to spend as much on it, our used shipping containers will be perfect for you.

Standard containers are 8 feet 6 inch tall and High Cube containers have an additional foot of headspace at 9 feet 6 inch.

There are 3 relevant weights to consider which are painted on the outside of the container doors.

  • The container tare weight is the weight of the container without any contents.
  • The container gross weight is the weight of the container + the maximum payload it can hold. In other words, the maximum total weight of the container.
  • The payload (net weight) is the weight of the cargo or contents that a container can hold.

The weight of an empty shipping container (tare weight) varies by size. 20ft containers weigh about 5,000 pounds. 40ft standard and high cube containers weigh around 8,000 pounds.

We sell containers to individuals, small businesses, large corporations, the government, and the military. We provide containers to everyone through a seamless and hassle-free process.

This could be due to several reasons. New containers sometimes have a paint or chemical smell because the doors have been closed for 99% of the time since being built with minimal air circulation. We recommend leaving the doors open for a few days to let it air out or purchasing industrial strength odor neutralizers from your local hardware store.

There are thousands of ways to use shipping containers. In fact, there is no limit to what a shipping container can be used for. With a little creativity, they can be transformed into almost anything. Almost every industry uses them in some way including industrial, commercial, and personal uses.

  • Temporary workspace: Containers are used by businesses that need to quickly set up or break down a temporary workspace. And because they’re made from sturdy steel, they can handle the rigors of being moved and transported multiple times without any damage.
  • Storage: They can be used to store supplies, equipment, and even hazardous materials. They can also be used as temporary storage space for excess inventory or materials.
  • Transporting goods: Containers are often used to transport goods from one location to another. They can be used to store or transport items in a warehouse setting, or they can be taken on the road and used as a mobile storage unit.
  • Industrial Uses: There are many industrial applications including workshops, toolrooms, confined space training, and more. They can also be modified to be employee housing on a jobsite.
  • Container homes: Need portable and affordable housing options? Shipping containers can be modified to include basic facilities like a bed, bathroom, and kitchen, and they can be transported virtually anywhere. People use them as homes, studios, or extensions to their homes. They are also converted into barns, sheds, camp houses, and even mancaves.

Our fabrication shop will modify a container to fit your needs.

Our long-lasting containers serve as a long-term solution. We can make arrangements for rentals for large orders.

Yes, we can arrange for the delivery of your shipping container. We will work with you to find a delivery method that suits your needs and timeframe. Simply contact us with your exact delivery location and we will provide a quote.

We do not move containers that are not from Advanced Container Co. If you need an existing container moved, look into a local heavy duty hauling company.

Start by greasing the door hinges with an industrial lubricant for ease of use. Prevent the container from settling and causing an uneven doorframe by placing wood blocks under the doorframe posts. If the container has settled, the doorframe will be uneven, causing the door to not open and close properly.

Follow this simple checklist to maintain your container structure:

As Needed:

  • Remove heavy debris, ice, snow, and standing water from roof immediately.
  • Remove visible dirt to prevent damage to paint which can lead to rust.
  • Maintain level flooring, so the structure does not weaken.

Annual Checklist:

  • Inspect for peeling paint and ruse. Repaint rust patches as needed to maintain a weatherproof seal.
  • Inspect caulking and weather stripping on doors and windows for leaks and replace as needed.
  • Inspect the leveling of the container. Some settling of the foundation and the container is normal. Re-level if necessary.
  • Inspect roof for dents and debris. Fill major dents with a sealant, such as caulk, to prevent further damage.
  • For climate-controlled shipping containers, check for mold and clean the AC unit by replacing the filter.

Check out our shipping container maintenance blog post for more info.

Standard container doors are approx. 7 feet, 8 inches but there are many other custom door options.

Modification Questions

Yes! Our fabrication department has experience in every area to customize a basic shipping container into any creative project. From adding a roll-up door to making a tiny home, we can do it all!

We do modify containers to have 3 sides. It will be reinforced with steel to maintain its stability and structure.

Yes, we install solar and we will make any modifications that are necessary. Contact us today to ask about your specific customizations.

If you are looking to buy a shipping container, we are here to help.

Advanced Container Co. is dedicated to providing the best steel containers and we have highly skilled fabricators to customize shipping containers to fit our client’s needs. Contact us today to find out more.