STORAGE OF EMPTY CONTAINERS

At both our depots, there is sufficient possibility for storage of empty containers. On both short and the long term, our clients can use these storage possibilities; the terrain is accessible at set times.

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PURCHASE & SALE OF CONTAINERS

TKC  Containers is an international player in the global container market. We deal with the purchase and sale of various types of containers and container related products on a daily basis

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CONTAINER RENTAL

Depending on the type of transport, renting a container may be a good option. In case of rental TKC Containers offers customized agreements, which meet your requests, requirements and needs.

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OUR SERVICES

CONTAINER RENTAL

Depending on the type of transport, renting a container may be a good option. In case of rental TKC Containers offers customized agreements, which meet your requests, requirements and needs. It is possible to rent containers form our entire range, and in general we can deliver quickly.

CONTAINER MODIFICATIONS

Modifying a container is always tailor-made. Based on your requirements, our team of specialists will get to work to produce a container with your unique, required properties. For example, making doors, windows, installing heating, lighting or storage racks, but also modifying

STORAGE OF EMPTY CONTAINERS

At both our depots, there is sufficient possibility for storage of empty containers. On both short and the long term, our clients can use these storage possibilities; the terrain is accessible at set times.

In many cases damaged containers can be used again after repair. At TKC Containers damaged containers can be repaired quickly, after which they will be approved for use.

Through all the years of experience within the international transport world, TKC has built up a worldwide network of, among others, shipping companies and transport companies.

Containers that are assessed with the status irreparable (BER, Beyond Economical Repair) by shipping companies and lease companies are bought by TKC Containers

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ABOUT US

TKC Containers was founded in 1997 by David Scherpenisse in the Texas . The work of TKC has grown into providing different services in the field of containers. In addition to buying and selling containers we facilitate in the storage of containers, but also execute repair, renovation and modification of various types of containers.

Over the past 20 years TKC Containers has grown into a business with an established position within the international container market, we only aim for the best possible result in customer service. This is expressed in the choice of high quality materials and the use of certified and dedicated staff. In addition, several modification programs have been deployed and we have fully equipped workshops, ensuring us a mobile and flexible approach.

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TESTIMONIALS

I’ve been happy with the services provided by TKC. Scooter Libby has been wonderful! He has returned my calls quickly, and he answered all my questions

I have always received good service from tkc . Timing and quality have always met my expectations and everything is communicated in a professional and timely manner.

I’ve been happy with the services provided by TKC. Scooter Libby has been wonderful! He has returned my calls quickly, and he answered all my questions

I have always received good service from Transport. Timing and quality have always met my expectations and everything is communicated in a professional and timely manner.

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Can I pick a color?

The most common question we get is, “can I pick a color” and the answer is: sort of, sometimes.


Because we’re essentially getting the next container off the stack at the intermodal depot that meets the criteria you requested, we can’t select a color… however we can sometimes get a handful of colors (blue, yellow, red, green, maroon, etc.) if a certain shipping line has excess capacity in your market.  We list those as a condition where they are available.  If it’s not listed, it’s probably not available in your market…

You can always have your container painted, and that usually takes a week or two and price varies by market (it’s also only seasonally available in some markets, and not available at all in others).

If you’re ordering multiple units, we can usually guarantee matching units (upon request, based on availability).

I need to export my container, can you help with that?

Exporting a container is far more complex than buying one.  We highly recommend all customers who need to use their container for export work with a freight forwarder first… and then reach out to us to buy the container about a week or two before you plan to pick it up.

We also recommend that your freight forwarder coordinate all of the trucking.  Because we offer ground level delivery, and can’t move loaded containers, you’ll likely need a crane to load your container onto the chassis when the truck comes to pick it up.  A simpler option is to work with your freight forwarder to arrange a hauler to drop the container on a chassis so you won’t need a crane to load it onto the trailer later.

We are happy to provide a cargo worthy (CWO) container, as well as coordinate a CSC survey at the depot prior to your hauler picking up the container

Do you move loaded containers?

We do not move loaded containers under any circumstance.

If you need moving services, we suggest calling companies like PODS.

I already have a container, can you move it?

We do not move containers we did not sell/rent.

If you need an existing container moved, we recommend working with a local heavy haul company or heavy duty wrecking/towing company

Can I look at the shipping container before I buy it?

Because the containers are stacked at the intermodal depot, we cannot obtain photos or guarantee a specific unit. The depots are storing empty shipping containers for shipping lines and intermodal equipment providers. When we place an order for our customers, they just get the next container off the stack that meets their criteria.

We help our customers buy containers from the depot, the same way the big national storage container companies buy their boxes. When you buy through Western Container Sales, you’re buying a shipping container at wholesale, pulled directly from cargo circulation. We help you navigate the process of purchasing a used shipping container directly from the cargo pool.

Can I visit the intermodal depot?

Because the containers are stacked at the intermodal depot, we cannot obtain photos or guarantee a specific unit. The depots are storing empty shipping containers for shipping lines and intermodal equipment providers. When we place an order for our customers, they just get the next container off the stack that meets their criteria.

We help our customers buy containers from the depot, the same way the big national storage container companies buy their boxes. When you buy through Western Container Sales, you’re buying a shipping container at wholesale, pulled directly from cargo circulation. We help you navigate the process of purchasing a used shipping container directly from the cargo pool.

Can I pick up the container myself?

If you have the proper equipment to safely transport a shipping container, our preferred option is for the customer to pick-up their own box.

After purchase, we will provide you with a release number and pick-up information. You can then go to the intermodal depot on the release and have the container loaded on your truck.

Please be aware you are required to comply with all DOT and OSHA rules while at the intermodal depot and Western Container Sales cannot be liable for any issues during transport.

If you don’t have a truck capable of safely hauling a container, we can help you with delivery.

How much room is needed at delivery?

We need 40′ of additional space for tilt-bed trucks, and 60′ of extra space for roll-off trucks.  Visit the About Delivery page to learn more.

Plan on having at least 10′ of width to fit the truck and 13’6″ of clearance height (when the container is tipped off the back, plan on a peak height of around 16′).

What’s the difference between your “wind and water tight” box and the one the big national company quoted me for $1,000 more?

Probably nothing. Maybe paint…

There are several large national companies selling used shipping containers. The keyword there is selling. Western Container Sales doesn’t pay our sales team direct commission on sales, nor do we have an executive management team requiring us to mark-up equipment 50% or more.

We run lean, and pass the savings to our customers. Western Container Sales leverages our relationships with intermodal equipment providers and shipping lines to find the best used shipping container prices in each market, then we add a wholesale mark-up. That’s it.

What's the Difference Between CWO & WWT

TKC Container Sales uses the shipping container grades that are used by shipping lines. CWO means “cargo-worthy” and that a container can pass a CSC inspection to be stacked and transported on a cargo ship.

WWT means “wind/water tight” with working doors that seal. A CWO box is also “wind and water tight” but a WWT box can no longer be certified for shipment (without repair). WWT boxes are more likely to have cosmetic issues simply due to their age, but all WWT containers can be repaired to CWO status.

“One trip” containers are “cargo-worthy” containers that were manufactured within the last 1-2 calendar years and generally have little to no cosmetic issues (maybe a few dings/dents and scraped paint from being stacked, but that’s it).

Do you offer financing?

TKC Container Sales has partnered with Bread to offer our customers the opportunity to finance their purchase.  Please Note: all financing decisions are handled by Bread and any inquiries as to credit approval, etc. should be directed to Bread.  Bread is an independent company and not affiliated with TKC Container Sales other than in our partnership to provide our customers with a third party option for financing their purchase.

What’s an “A Grade” container?

A lot of our competitors use grades like “A Grade” but that’s a bit misleading, we think. If you call the big national rental companies and they tell you they can sell you an “A Grade” box that just means a container that is wind/water tight and may or may not have been painted since they bought it. Or maybe it’s got less rust than you’d normally expect on an average WWT grade unit.  

Either way, it’s a grading system totally based on opinion and we’ve seen a lot of variability as to what people call “A Grade” around the country. If you hear “A Grade” you can safely translate it to “WWT” condition.

I bought a one trip container and it has a strong paint smell… how do I make it go away?

One trip containers sometimes have a paint or chemical smell because they’ve had their doors closed for 99% of the time since being built.

If you buy a one trip container and it has a paint smell, we recommend leaving the doors open for a few days to let it air out. If you’re still having issues after that, give us a call… but letting the container air out usually does the trick.

I have a used container with an odor, how can I get rid of it?

One trip containers sometimes have a paint or chemical smell because they’ve had their doors closed for 99% of the time since being built.

If you buy a one trip container and it has a paint smell, we recommend leaving the doors open for a few days to let it air out. If you’re still having issues after that, give us a call… but letting the container air out usually does the trick.

Is there sales tax on the purchase of a shipping container?

That depends on where you take delivery.  TKC Container Sales primarily acts as a broker, helping customers buy shipping containers from international logistics providers with equipment in local intermodal depots. At this time we only charge sales tax in California, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, & Washington.

We do not charge sales tax if the buyer is tax-exempt (form must be provided to Western Container Sales prior to purchase, please contact us if you believe your purchase should be tax exempt). Please note that Agriculture Exemptions are not applicable, and a valid sales tax exemption certificate must be provided.

We make every effort to comply with local and national tax laws, so please note that this may change at some point.

What if when the container isn’t what I expected when it gets here?

That depends on where you take delivery.  TKC Container Sales primarily acts as a broker, helping customers buy shipping containers from international logistics providers with equipment in local intermodal depots. At this time we only charge sales tax in California, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, & Washington.

We do not charge sales tax if the buyer is tax-exempt (form must be provided to Western Container Sales prior to purchase, please contact us if you believe your purchase should be tax exempt). Please note that Agriculture Exemptions are not applicable, and a valid sales tax exemption certificate must be provided.

We make every effort to comply with local and national tax laws, so please note that this may change at some point.

The customer has the right to refuse delivery if for some reason the container does not meet the criteria requested at purchase.

Our goal is to give you a realistic idea of what you’re getting up front.and read about the process before purchasing a container for the first time.

If the container is rejected because the truck cannot safely drop the container exactly where you wanted it, the customer will be charged for trucking as well as a re-stock fee of 15% (when applicable).

Neither you nor tkc Container Sales wants the container to be rejected at delivery. Please make sure you check out the sample photos and have a full understanding of what you’re getting before you purchase for the first time.

If you’ve looked at everything on the site, and you’re still not sure, give us a call. We’re always happy to help.

How should I prepare the site for delivery?

Check out the video and information on the About Delivery page for an overview and the delivery process.

The most important thing is to have enough room for the truck to drop the container. 20’ containers require 60’ of space (20’ for the box and 40’ for the truck), while 40’ containers require 100’ of space (40’ for the box and 60’ for the truck).

If a 20’ container is delivered on a semi (for instance if multiple 20’s are being delivered on the same truck) please account for the additional space.

If delivery is rejected due to the driver being unable to safely back into the location, the customer will be charged for trucking plus a re-stock fee of 15%, so please make sure you have adequate space at your location.

The location also needs to be level. You can either lay concrete or gravel, or you can place railroad ties or blocks capable of supporting the container. A good rule of thumb on railroad ties or blocks is to have on under each end and then additional blocks every 10’ or so (depending on your surface area).

A level surface is crucial to doors lining up, so blocks are a good idea to have in place. TKC Container Sales does not provide blocks, so please make sure you have your site ready at delivery.

I'm having a tough time opening and closing my doors.

The biggest issue with tough doors is an uneven door frame.  If the ground underneath the door frame is uneven, or the container is loaded heavy to one side, or on a surface that causes it to bend or twist, the doors won’t open and close properly.

Container doors are built to be open and closed when the container is sitting squarely on a chassis.  Over the course of 20′ or 40′, it’s possible for a container to twist just enough for the door frame to be out of whack.

Placing wood blocks under the door frame at the corner posts is the best way to solve that problem before it starts.  You can also use an industrial lubricant on the hinges and work the doors back and forth for a few minutes to loosen them up…

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Do you sell refrigerated or insulated units?

We do not offer the sale of refrigerated containers due to the inconsistency and limited availability of the used inventory for sale.  There are companies who specialize in refrigerated shipping container sales and rentals, and we recommend you work with one of them when purchasing a refrigerated or “reefer” unit.

Do you sell 48’ or 53’ containers?

Yes we do sell from 10 fit 10 to 53 fit containers

How many roll-up doors can be added to a container?

We can add up to two (2) roll-up doors to each broad side on 20’s, and one (1) roll-up door to the bulkhead (end opposite the door).

We can add up to three (3) roll-up doors to each broad side on 40’s, and one (1) roll-up door to the bulkhead (end opposite the door).

Why do 20's cost more than 40's sometimes?

Used container pricing is driven mainly by local supply, and 40’s are a far more common container size than 20’s…

Because containers are a byproduct of shipping, the containers that move the most cargo tend to be the most widely used.  So 40’s (standard and high cube) are the most common used container length and tend to be most less expensive per square foot than 20’s.

Why do 20's cost more than 40's sometimes?

Used container pricing is driven mainly by local supply, and 40’s are a far more common container size than 20’s…

Because containers are a byproduct of shipping, the containers that move the most cargo tend to be the most widely used.  So 40’s (standard and high cube) are the most common used container length and tend to be most less expensive per square foot than 20’s.

Why do 20's cost more than 40's sometimes?

Used container pricing is driven mainly by local supply, and 40’s are a far more common container size than 20’s…

Because containers are a byproduct of shipping, the containers that move the most cargo tend to be the most widely used.  So 40’s (standard and high cube) are the most common used container length and tend to be most less expensive per square foot than 20’s.

Why are 10' containers so expensive?

You can’t fit a lot of cargo in a 10′ container, so they’re not a commonly used size for shipping companies.  10’s are usually only used for custom projects and are very uncommon.

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