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Old 03-04-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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My friend suggested that we buy a used container for shipping our goods from the mainland. Something about containers that are at the end of their usefulness to Matson. They ship to our destination in Hawaii, and then we have to sell it. Apparently is quite a bit cheaper than the usual way of shipping.

Anyone have experience with this? How hard will it be to sell a container on the BI?
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Old containers are routinely used as storage by people that are building homes.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Make sure it will be able to be used as a shipping container. I think they have to have some sort of certificate or pass some sort of inspection to be used to ship things. I'm not certain of this, however.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: 96820
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containers that are at the end of their usefulness to Matson.
a container that is no longer '''sea worthy''' can only be shipped '''empty'''.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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You can contact the shippers and see if they are willing to sell you a used seaworthy container cheap. This is container that has a very short usaable life remaining. It will be more than if you buy from those use container company, but it will still be seaworthy.

I do not think the cost of shipping your container you own compared to shipping using their container is that big. When you buy the container thats all you buy. You dont buy the trailer its on so you have to buy or rent a trailer. You have to pay the transport charge to your home and to the dock and to your home on hawaii.

If you were to want a contaioner as storage on you land, buying a end-of-life container makes sense. You won't save anything big on the shipping but when the container is delivered to your home, it stays there and you own it. They deliver it to you haouse just like normal. They pick it up and ship it to Hawaii like anyother container. They deliver it to your house on Hawaii. Once its there you have so many days to remove it from the trailer and put it where you want on your land. They pickup the trailer and you keep the container.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Thanks a bunch to all who responded! Very helpful.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Another container consideration is if you are even allowed to keep it on your property once it gets here. Some communities have codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&R's) about such things. We aren't allowed to have a container at our house but we have one out at the farm.

It can be quite expensive to have a container moved around, ours was a "small" twenty foot container AND it was empty so a fellow with a large car flatbed tow truck was just barely able to move it so we got it moved for less than $500. If a tractor trailer rig has to come out and use a big forklift to shift the container off the trailer, it can run into the thousands to have the container shifted.
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