Self Pack Shipping Container Removal Questions & Answers
One of the most common Container Removal Questions that we get asked is "What Size Container do I need"?.
Generally we find that our 20ft container is sufficient to hold the contents of a 3 bedroom household.
To calculate the approximate cubic volume of your homes contents please click here for a size estimation calculator
You can also download a shipping container specification sheet here that will give you all the information regarding external and internal dimensions of our containers, including cubic volume on 20ft, 20ft HC, 40ft & 40ft HC containers.
Here are some photos of a 20ft container, all containers provided have lockable doors (you will need to supply a sturdy padlock).
All of our container have tie rails either all the way around the container (as shown below), or tie down down loop points approx every 1metre on the roof and also on the floor.
Please click here to view our transit times moving interstate page.
Yes, we can offer short term storage. As we are predominantly a removalist company, we only provide short term storage. We allow 30 days hire of our shipping container during your move. If you require to hire our container after this period, storage and hire fees of the container will apply (Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions documentation provided with your quote). We allow a maximum of 30 days storage in our depots. Your quote includes 30 days container hire, after this you may wish to hire it for an additional 30 days (60 days in total) please see your quotation for charges applicable.
We can offer Short Term Container Storage in All States Australia Wide, Please see below where our Serviced Depots are located
*Please note that we can allow up to 60 days hire of our containers and up to 60 days storage in our facilities, or as pre-arranged with our customers.
Yes, we can transport your own shipping container! When our customer said their shipping container was pink, they weren't kidding!! I wonder what the locals in Kalgoorlie will make of this?? Did you know that you can use your own shipping container for your Self Pack Interstate move? (Subject to rail compliance) We don't mind what colour it is!! Containers can be bought and sold through container trading businesses and also personally via sites such as eBay and Gumtree. Shipping Containers make excellent storage or garden sheds. Shipping containers are wind and water tight so are traded nationally for commercial and residential use. When booking to transport your own shipping container, we will require your container identification # and a copy of the containers current compliance plate/certificate. Ask us for a quote to move your own 20ft or 40ft shipping container Interstate today. Please note that we specialise in transporting containers Interstate. We can also transport your container within Queensland between our major rail network areas, being Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Brisbane. We can also transport your own container long distances between the same state. Please ask us for a quote today. Call 1300 857 851
If you are moving to Western Australia you will be required by WA Quarantine .to declare goods in your container before arrival.
We will email you the WA Quarantine forms required, these must be signed and returned to our office prior to the departure of your container in another state.
WA Quarantine FORMS can be downloaded here:
Items that need to be declared include:
Fruits and Vegetables Plants / Flowers
Seeds Honey Fresh Nuts
Soil / Landscaping Products
Any type of Motor vehicle
Garden Tools and Machinery
If you have any of the goods above in your container, WA Quarantine will most likely arrange and conduct an inspection of your container and charges will apply.
*Please refer to this WA Quarantine link for other Frequently Asked Questions about moving goods into WA
Shipping containers should be placed within your property boundaries – in your driveway or on your front lawn. In these instances, council permission is not necessary. If however, you would like the container on the nature strip or across any part of council land, then it is very likely that you will need a permit. Every council is different and has its own regulations on sea containers. It is recommended that you give your local council a call before making a purchase or arranging a shipping container to be delivered to your home or business for your Interstate move.
Shipping containers provide excellent security for your household items. They are robust and can be secured with up to 4 four locking devices. A good sturdy padlock is the most common way to secure the doors and we would recommend that you use at least one for peace of mind. When packing the container make sure that you secure down your goods with strong ropes at regular intervals. There are either furniture rails around the inside of your container, or tie down points on the roof and floor to attach the rope to securely. Make sure that you use thick boxes, padding and blankets to wrap your goods, as there will be some movement in transit and this will minimise rubbing to your goods.
Delivery methods usually depend on access to your property. The two most common shipping container transportation methods are tilt tray trucks for 20ft containers and side loading trucks for 40ft containers. Below is a photo of a 20ft container being delivered via Tilt Tray Truck- our most common container and truck used for residential moves.
We then transit your container to our nearest rail point, where your container travels via rail Interstate to your closest rail point at your new destination.
Our driver then collects your container and delivers out to you via Truck. Once you have completed unpacking, we then come and take the empty container away and return it to our local depot (see our list of depots nationally here)
This happens from time to time. Perhaps your street is too narrow for a truck, power poles or overhead power lines are in the way or council restrictions prevent the delivery of a container. In these instances, give us a call 1300857851 and we talk about the best way to load or unload the container.
Bookings will be secured with a 50% deposit with the balance due before collection of your full shipping container. We accept bank cheque, direct deposit or credit card payments. Credit card payment attract a 1.5% bank merchant fee.
Call the EXPERT Interstate Removalist. Australian Container Removals 1300 857 851
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