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1. Are your containers declassified?

NO, in any case, you will not receive a downgraded container. This category of container does not fit into our quality specifications.

We only offer second-hand containers of CWO quality and this results in several mandatory control points:

- The container is waterproof without perforation (closed doors = dark night)

- The cremones (container closing bars) are in good condition,

- The door seals (2 lips) are in perfect condition,

- The doors open and close normally,

- The container is CSC certified with its plate

2. What is the price of a used container?

The prices of used containers vary widely.

They follow a fairly complex logic between availability at the ports and the number of returned containers.

You can consult our prices directly on our website.

You can also make a request from our "quote request" page.

3. Where do used shipping containers come from?

Used containers are rental fleets. At the end of the contract (between 12 and 13 years) we intervene to collect them directly from the ports.

But be careful, we make a scrupulous selection to take only first choice containers. At Prunatainer, this is called the CWO category (for Cargo Worthy - Maritime Ready)

Depending on the period, the containers are available in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Italy, or even in Spain and Germany

4. Do you have any last trip containers?

Yes. But be careful with this category of container that we do not guarantee waterproof, because it does not fit into our quality specifications.

Often, this category of container is very worn.

5. Can I see the containers?

On request, we take care of everything.

To contact us: +44 738 906 78 92 or via the live chat service and or by email

6. How can I protect my container from theft?

A container is by nature very secure. Its double door makes it a very good barrier against theft. He is a late break-in.

You can also padlock your container, because each door cremone has a space for a padlock.

Despite this, we advise you to secure your container as much as possible with our special container padlocks:

- BARLOCK: the most compact padlock in our range

- SECUPLUS: the best-selling of our range (7.5kg of stainless steel)

- SECURLOCK: the most robust from Prunatainer. High security removable padlock cover.

For more information, prices, contact us: on +44 738 906 78 92 or via the live chat service and or by email

7. What is the lifespan of a container?

The lifespan of a container varies widely depending on its use.

It is common to see containers over 30 years old in very good condition. If cared for, it will last as long as you do!

This is our commitment at Prunatainer.

8. What is a maritime container made of?

The container is made from CORTEN steel.

CORTEN has an important advantage: it is a self-weathering steel with superficial corrosion. It is used in maritime transport for its physical resistance to atmospheric conditions.

That is to say, the rust that it will develop will provide it with protection against bad weather.

It has been used in construction for many years, also in modern architecture.

It is an alloy of copper, phosphorus, nickel and chromium.

9. What is a first trip container?

The first trip container (or new sea container) is a container that arrives directly from China (where it was manufactured). It was filled for the first time (stuffing) then unloaded (stripping) once it arrived at its port of destination. It is then stored before being sold.

These containers are in perfect condition, but may still have traces of use.

10. Where are the shipping containers made?

No mystery for this question. All shipping containers without exception are made in China.

But be careful, they follow their ISO construction standards and are inspected throughout the manufacturing process.

11. What is the weight of a 20 foot container?

The average weight or TARE of a 20ft container is 2350 kilograms.

12. What is the weight of a 40 feet container?

The average weight or TARE of a 40-foot container is 3350 kilograms.

13. Why choose a Prunatainer container?

Because with us, you will be sure to receive a container that meets our quality criteria.

Our criteria are:


• Sealing,

• Perfectly flat floor,

• Delivery on time.

We follow our commitments from A to Z.

Offering a quality container is a religion with us. YOU are at the center of our relationship.

14. What is the difference with a storage container?

All ! Only the shape, dimensions and appearance are the same.

They are not the same containers. The storage container is manufactured in Eastern countries and does not follow the ISO standard for the manufacture of maritime containers.

All the opposites, thickness of sheet metal, paint, floor. The construction materials are different (classic steel, simple plywood floor 23 mm).

We offer these containers as an alternative to the sea container in the case of customers wishing to make storage simple and light.

15. What is the CSC plate of a container used for?

The CSC plate (or CSC plate) of a maritime container is a first guarantee of quality. But not sufficient for our specifications.

It indicates the manufacturer of the container, the year of manufacture and other references.

16. Can I come and collect the containers from the depot?

Sure. No obligation at Prunatainer. You are free to choose the best for you.

No additional costs, pay only the price of the container without supplement.

This is also the Prunatainer quality.

17. Why do you clear the containers?

The customs clearance of a container makes it possible to francize it. Indeed, when it is in ports, it is considered a means of transport and not a commodity.

Clearance of our containers allows them to be sold as clean and unique merchandise. It is a profitable act.

The price of customs clearance is included in the price of the container.

18. In what condition are your used containers?

Our used containers are generally around ten years old.

The paint is original. They are very well maintained throughout their lifespan.

They have traces of rust and dents.

However, they are perfectly airtight and light-tight.

19. Do we need a building permit for a container?

Since January 1, 2012, a prior declaration of work is sufficient for up to 40 m2.

In any case, we strongly advise you to get closer to your town hall or town.

Find all the dimensions of the containers to find out their surface area on our website.

20. A screed is mandatory to lay it?

Not at all ! Concrete blocks at each corner of the container are sufficient.

Ask us for our plans!

21. What can I put the container on?

A stable coating is recommended.

Type gravel, concrete, limestone, etc.

This does not prevent you from placing it on grass as long as the ground is stable and level (most importantly).

22. Are your containers repainted?

Our containers are original and perfectly maintained. This includes painting.

If for you the aesthetic aspect of the container is important, we repaint (extra service) in your colors.

Ask us for your container.

23. Do you have Used 10ft containers?

Unfortunately, this type of container is seldom available on SECOND HAND.

We can offer you a NEW 10 foot container for the moment.

24. Can we choose the color of our container?

In some cases, we can offer you containers in the color of your choice within our availability.

Be careful though, the available colors are: blue, red, green and yellow.

25. Is the floor original wood?

Yes, all Prunatainer containers have a 28mm thick marine plywood floor.

26. What is the maintenance of a maritime container?

Quite simple and basic! Your container is maintained throughout its life as a means of transport.

Regular cleaning with water prevents the foam from settling and preserves its exterior appearance. By the way, we have a special container cleaning product.

You can also grease the cremones once a year to ensure easier opening and closing.

27. Do you sell spare parts?

Yes, we can supply all the parts of the containers. The origin of the container does not matter, whether it comes from Prunatainer or elsewhere.

28. Do the containers have the same dimensions?

Yes and no. The containers have standards to be kept in terms of dimensions (ISO STANDARD). Only the length changes.

A standard 20 feet dry container: 6 x 2.45 x 2.6 m (Length x width x height)

A standard 40 feet dry container: 12 x 2.45 x 2.6 m (Length x width x height)

Then depending on the variations, only the width will change for example:

- High Cube +30 cm high

- Pallet Wide + 10 cm wide


29. How is the structure of a standard sea container made?

The sea container is fully welded. Its structure is self-supporting.

That is to say that its rigidity is ensured by its shape

30. What does container DRY mean?

It's just English and stands for SEC. It is a standard sea container.

10ft, 20ft and 40ft High Cube containers can be DRY, but also REEFER (refrigerated).


1. What is a REEFER container? or refrigerated container

The REEFER container is a refrigerated container, cold room container or freezer container.

Its cooling unit (electric) can produce negative cold at -25 ° or positive cold at + 25 °.

The interior of a refrigerated sea container is made of stainless steel (walls and ceiling) and its floor is made of aluminum (T-shaped rail).

Find the details of a Reefer container by referring to our product sheets.

2. What is the refrigerant gas used in the cooling units of a refrigerated container?

The gas we use is R 134 A.

This is the same gas that is used in your car air conditioning or refrigerator.

Why this gas? Because it is approved until 2020 on the one hand and on the other hand, it generates negative and positive cold.

3. How is the structure of a refrigerated container made?

The container is fully welded. Its structure is self-supporting.

That is, its rigidity is ensured by its shape. A maritime container is built with noble materials such as CORTEN (steel alloy) very resistant to corrosion and the interior panels are entirely in stainless steel (raw or painted).

4. What are the rails or the floor of a refrigerated container used for?

The rails are very important for maintaining the temperature.

They serve as a cold channel to ensure a uniform temperature in the container. They are made of aluminum to prevent the frost effect and make the floor slippery.

5. How does a refrigerated container chiller work?

The REEFER refrigerated container produces cold with an electric unit.

We can also deliver it with an autonomous generator (GENSET Container) which works with a heat engine like a generator set for a container. They are equipped with a large capacity tank for long autonomy.

6. What is the power of a refrigerated container?

The refrigeration unit of a REEFER maritime container at an average power of 12 kW (supplier data).

More info see the technical sheet of a refrigerated container.

7. What is the consumption of a refrigerated container?

The consumption of a refrigerated sea container varies depending on the set temperature. The average consumption of a used container varies from 9 A / h to 11 A / h, actual consumption in operation.


1. Do you deliver your refrigerated containers?

Of course !

This is surely the most important point and where we will be able to bring you our know-how.

The delivery of a sea container is a point that should not be overlooked. This is the culmination of our relationship and the trust you have placed in us.

At Prunatainer, it's when you want, where you want.

We deliver throughout the UK, France, the Netherlands, Italy, or Spain and / or Germany, to the most remote or inaccessible places.

Whether the container is to be delivered indoors or outdoors, we will find the solution.

More info on shipping containers see our delivery policy.

2. Can you unload your containers?

YES. With us, transport remains very flexible and this is an important point that should not be overlooked. Our trucks are equipped with cranes to be able to unload the containers within a reasonable radius (about 5-6 meters) around the truck.

We always unload our containers by looking together for the most economical solution for your budget.

If you have concerns about a specific or complex unloading, our experts are at your disposal to offer you a fallback solution with an autonomous crane, for example.