Choosing the container best suited for your needs

Shipping containers are readily available in 20’ or 40’ lengths with the standard height being 8’-6” tall. In the case of the 40’ containers, you have an additional choice which is known as a “high cube” or 9’-6” tall.

The initial decision begins prior to picking out the container itself. Your first step In the process is to contact your local municipality and find out what the zoning of the particular area will allow. The three possible answers you will get might be:

1)   No restrictions

2)   Allowable with issuance of a permit

3)   Not permitted

In most commercially zoned areas, having a container on the premises is no problem. If you are renting commercial space in a strip mall, you will want to contact the property manager for approval.

So now you’ve been given the okay to proceed. What size do you need? That is going to depend on the amount of room you have onsite and also on the requirements of the truck used to make the delivery. This means the amount of straight pull away distance (measured in feet) the driver needs to drop the container and pull completely out from under it. The minimum requirements are 80 feet for a 20’ truck and 130 feet for a 40’ truck. Additionally, any access gates should be no less than 10’ wide and preferably 12’ wide.

Once the space requirements are established, the size of the container you choose is going to be governed by the amount of items you are intending to store. Always plan for future storage space. Remember… the longer we live, the more “stuff” we tend to accumulate so you may only need a 20’ unit now but a 40’ unit allows for “things to come”.

Lastly, the 40’  high cube container is ideal for applications where you intend on stacking items ( boxes in particular). Though an additional foot in height doesn’t seem like much, it can prove to be very useful. Here at A Aamerican Container, our highly trained sales staff can greatly assist you in making the best choice for your individual needs.

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Shipping Container History and Evolution

Shipping containers were at one time exclusively known only to the import/export industry for the sole purpose of moving commodities of all types overseas. The Far East (China,Indonesia,Korea,etc.)was and still is today, the hub of container manufacturing due to the fact that labor costs in those regions are most economical. Typically, the steamship lines would keep a fleet of containers in service for a period of approximately ten years and after such time would “decommission” or in common terms, take them out of service. They would then replenish themselves with a new fleet of containers and the process would be repeated.

In the early 1980’s, a new market for containers had begun to take shape. It was a movement toward the domestic use of this type of equipment which became known as the storage container. They became immediately popular within the construction industry. Contractors who once had to store their tools and materials at remote storage locations and travel back and forth daily could now reap the benefits of having what they needed stored securely onsite. This ultimately increased their production and eliminated unnecessary time away from the jobsite. It didn’t take long for this onsite storage idea to catch on. The demand grew toward the retail industry for seasonal storage and also sparked an interest in the average homeowners for their personal storage needs.

Storage containers also afforded new opportunities for revenue to the welding and fabricating industries. There was a growing idea on the horizon….the custom modified storage container. Windows, entry doors, roll up doors, air conditioning units, the possibilities were endless. This idea gave rise to a multitude of uses ranging from portable jobsite offices, fire training towers, confined space entry units, portable power stations, and the list went on… straight into the 21st century and full throttle into the economic and green construction market. In our present day as we have become more and more energy and cost conscious, containers are being heavily utilized to achieve our goals as a concerned nation in this ever growing, ever delicate environment.

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Can Ventilation be Installed in my Storage Container?

A AAmerican Container & Trailer Leasing Inc is your one stop source for all your ventilated container needs. Mobile, on-site containers are steel built and combine a natural theft deterrent barrier with the ability to handle weather extremes.

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Portable On-Site Storage Solutions

Portable on-site storage container usage has grown dramatically over the past 10 years and for a number of reasons. Of course mobility is the main feature but they’re also economical, flexible and adaptable.

Portable on-site storage containers can be modified to fit every need, purpose and budget. When a permanent structure or building is not required or warranted, portable storage containers are the low cost temporary office solution. For storage of materials, equipment, and or assets of any nature, our storage containers are the short-term, long-term, temporary solution.   Whether it’s basic storage needs or an office space environment, portable containers are the perfect storage and office space answer.

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Hello World – Welcome to A AAmerican Container’s Blog!

Looking for secure, on-site container storage? Located in Tampa, Florida, we at A AAmerican Container, Inc. offer on-site rentals for storage containers throughout central Florida and provide storage and shipping container sales and modifications nationwide.

A AAmerican Container, Inc. is your “one stop’ secure on-site container storage solution and offers short and long term rental rates to accommodate all requests. We have 20 foot and 40 foot multiple grade containers to fit every need and budget, and can modify and accessorize all storage containers to meet a wide variety of specifications.

At A AAmerican, we possess the knowledge and expertise to answer those questions and deliver the “Smart Solution.”

Our news blog will address the subject of onsite storage container usage and applications in greater depth and detail in the coming weeks. We will provide storage container information on everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. Our blog wants and encourages active participation. A AAmerican Container, Inc is dedicated to keeping you informed about all the storage container choices and options available.

Stay tuned!  We welcome and appreciate your comments.

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