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Delivery Preparation


Preparing For Delivery

Please keep these requirements in mind when considering delivery location to help ensure our delivery drivers can do their job to the best of their ability.

Vertical Clearance

Before your scheduled container delivery, please ensure adequate vertical clearance. Our delivery trucks stand at 13’6″ tall. However, during the unloading process, the deck elevation can raise the front of the container to a maximum height of 16′.

  • Assess the delivery route for any clearance restrictions exceeding 16’, including bridges, power lines, overhanging structures, and low-lying branches.
  • Verify that the designated delivery pad offers unobstructed vertical clearance exceeding 16′. Ensure any overhead obstacles are cleared.
  • Communicate any potential clearance concerns to our delivery team before their arrival.

Horizontal clearance

Effective delivery of your shipping container necessitates sufficient horizontal clearance, allowing our delivery vehicles to safely maneuver and unload. Please remember the following specifics:

  • 20’ Containers: Delivered on a highly maneuverable Roll-Back Truck, requiring extensive open space for unloading. 
    • Minimum clearance requirement: 80’ of unobstructed space
  • 40’ Containers: Transported by a semi-pulling tilt-deck trailer, demanding ample space for safe maneuvering due to its size and limitations on off-road capability.
    • Minimum clearance requirement: 160’ of unobstructed space 

Ground conditions

Please note that the success of your container delivery hinges on suitable ground conditions at the designated site. It is necessary to have a firm, stable surface to maneuver and prevent potential complications.

We are unable to deliver your container if the ground exhibits any of the following:

  • Excessive Moisture: Soft, muddy, or wet ground significantly increases the risk of vehicle sinking or slippage, jeopardizing both equipment and delivery timelines.
  • Unstable Surfaces: Sandy terrain lacks the necessary stability to support the significant weight of the delivery vehicles and containers.
  • Icy Conditions: Icy or heavily snow-covered areas pose a safety hazard due to reduced traction, compromising the safe delivery process.


On-Site Preparation

The bottom of a shipping container is structured with steel floor joists. While fantastic for ventilation, these gaps leave the steel vulnerable to damage. 

The solution? Lift your container off the ground! A little elevation makes a big difference with on-site storage, keeping moisture at bay and preserving your investment. Here are some options to consider:

Gravel Pad (Preferred Option)

Crushed gravel or pea gravel is the preferred solution, creating a stable, well-draining base that’s easy to adjust for leveling. Spread the gravel evenly and rest your container on a breathable, cost-effective platform.


  • Economical: The most budget-friendly option, utilizing crushed gravel or pea gravel.
  • DIY-Friendly: Installation involves minimal tools and straightforward leveling practices.
  • Optimal Drainage: Freely flowing gravel facilitates rapid water dissipation, preventing stagnant puddles.
  • Adjustable: Adding or removing gravel allows for precise leveling adjustments.


  • Weed Control: Regular maintenance may be required to prevent weed growth within the gravel.
  • Stability: This may not be ideal for exceptionally heavy loads, as settling or shifting can occur.

Gravel Pad Area Sizing:

20’ Container: 12’x25’ gravel space

40’ Container: 12’x45’ gravel space

Cap Blocks

When gravel is not an option, each cap block acts as an individual support point, offering excellent stability and a slight elevation for optimal airflow. It is recommended to purchase 4” cap blocks. 


  • Exceptional Stability: Concrete blocks provide unwavering support, readily accommodating significant weight.
  • Durable: Both concrete and recycled plastic options offer long-lasting resilience.
  • Simple Installation: Requires precise positioning but minimal technical expertise.
  • Adaptable: Stacking blocks allow for adjustable height variations.


  • Cost: Concrete blocks represent a higher initial investment compared to gravel.
  • Leveling Precision: Careful placement of blocks is crucial for ensuring proper leveling.

Cross Ties

Also known as railroad ties, a cross-tie is a block of wood used to elevate the shipping container, providing stability and airflow. 


  • Environmentally friendly: Opt for recycled ties for a sustainable choice.
  • Durable: Pressure-treated wood resists rot and decay.
  • Easy to level: Stack ties or adjust spacing for precise leveling.


  • Regulations: Check local regulations regarding the use of cross-ties.
  • Maintenance: Wood may require occasional treatment to prevent deterioration. Eventually, you will have to replace the cross-ties. 
  • Heavy: Installing cross ties requires manpower or machinery.

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