The name ‘shipping container’ doesn’t cover all the uses for these extremely simple containers. Also called Conex boxes, shipping containers are large steel containers used in various industries and not just shipping. They’re used for everything from storage to living space plus shipping container transport is an easy affair.

Shipping Container Uses

Some of the many industries that use shipping containers are:

  • Retail: For storing items for showrooms, stores, restaurants, mobile pop-up retail space
  • Education: Storing equipment for sports, office records, and surplus furniture. Also, additional classrooms or offices
  • Construction: Storing tools and materials on-site
  • Industrial: Storing equipment and parts
  • Government: Storing documents and other sensitive materials
  • Automotive: Storing extra parts, tools, and tires
  • Healthcare: Storing laundry, records, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and medical equipment
  • Agriculture: Storing farm equipment, tools, and machinery
  • Shelter: Temporary office spaces, emergency housing, or mobile clinics

The attribute that matters the most with a shipping container is its weight. Logistics, longevity, and maintenance of the shipping container all revolve around this one attribute.

Mobility & Durability

The reason why shipping containers are so versatile is their mobility and durability. Shipping containers were designed to withstand plenty of abuse while protecting the contents. They are weathertight and built from steel – practically indestructible. The bonus is these robust steel boxes are entirely mobile.

This mobility allows them to be used on sites where they are needed temporarily and then moved to another location. A temporary need may be due to a project (construction), a season, or a short-term solution (overflow inventory). A shipping container can be modified to meet the immediate need and delivered on short notice.


With shipping container transport, you must factor in safety, efficiency, space, costs, and logistics. Popular methods to move a shipping container are by truck, train, and boat, for which they were specifically designed. Many companies can be contracted to transport shipping containers. The outsourcing price depends on container size, the number of containers, transport method, distance to site location, and other costs like stacking and siting. A forklift or a crane is sometimes needed for shipping container placement. The maneuverability space at the destination site will determine if extra equipment will be required. Always check if any additional insurance is necessary when moving the container.

Carolina Containers

Have a temporary need for more space or storage? We are ready to help. Carolina Containers carries a full line of shipping containers to meet your needs. We can modify any container and offer shipping container transport. Contact us at 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.