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With a focus on superb customer service and delivering exactly what our customers need. Tiger Containers has become an established leader in the Australian shipping container industry.

We supply a range of both new and used shipping containers that encompasses all the different types and sizes of cargo containers. Whether you want to buy a shipping container or simply hire one for a period of time, our team has got you covered, with depots located all across the country.

Our team can also modify and customise your shipping container as we have a fully equipped repair and maintenance team.

Tiger Containers’s also offer onsite storage, we are your one-stop container shop so call our team today.

More than 3 decades of industry experience

Guarantees we know and understand the business. No matter what your requirements, we’ll have just the right shipping container for you.

A specialist team on hand to perform shipping container conversions

If you have a specific purpose in mind for your container, we’ll transform your vision into a reality

We believe in looking after our customers and ensuring we can meet all your requirements, no matter what the purpose.

There’s a good reason we’ve remained on top in a competitive industry.

Tiger Containers offer premium quality products and services

VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES

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3 MONTH WARRANTY ON ALL SHIPPING CONTAINERS

DEPOTS ALL ACROSS AUSTRALIA

30+ YEARS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

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Tiger Containers welcomes all genuine enquiries, so have a chat with our friendly and knowledgeable staff about your requirements. We’re confident we can not only meet your expectations but exceed them.

Give us a call today on 1800 072 039 to learn more about our range of shipping containers and how we can help you.

About Us

TIGER CONTAINERS IS AUSTRALIA’S LEADING SUPPLIER OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS FOR SALE

COMPETITIVE pRICING

We stock a wide range of containers with an option to suit any kind of budget. We provide high-quality containers at competitive prices to ensure that our customers get the best value for their money.

FAST AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY

Tiger containers has several depots in Australia to ensure that your container is delivered to you promptly – as soon as a day from purchase.

PRODUCTS WITH A 3-MONTH WARRaNTY

Whether you’re buying a new or used shipping container, you can expect us to provide you with the highest quality product. And for your peace of mind, we also provide a 3-month warranty.

DEPOTS ALL OVER AUSTRALIA

We are not only an Australian based and owned company, but we also have facilities across Australia to ensure all the support you require is within reach.

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NEW SHIPPING CONTAINERS

PROS

  • No Cross Contamination Risk – A brand new shipping container has never been used. Nothing has been stored in it or transported in it, so no matter what you plan to use it for you can be assured there’ll be no cross-contamination issues or the fear of wondering if anything toxic has been inside the container.
  • Pristine Condition – Nothing beats brand new, and a new container will be sparkling both outside and inside. The paintwork will be pristine, with no marks, dents or scratches. It also won’t have any branding from a previous owner either.
  • Sea Worthiness – In order for containers to be transported across the ocean on a container ship, they need to meet certain quality “seaworthiness” standards. With a brand new container, you can be assured it’ll pass these requirements.
  • Air Tight – With brand new seals, you can be certain a new container will be airtight and watertight, keeping dust, debris, moisture and vermin out and ensuring the contents are protected.
  • Forklift Pockets – New containers will almost always be fitted with forklift pockets for easy transportation. Many of the older style containers lacked these pockets, making them much harder to manoeuvre around a yard.
  • Safer To Modify – Although used containers can be used for modifications for some purposes, new containers are perfect for creating pop up shops, roadside restaurants and for building homes and extensions. The reason being is that new containers are free of any contamination.
  • Longer Warranty – A new container will come with a longer manufacturer’s warranty than what you’ll get on a used container, giving you peace of mind that your new investment is covered.

CONS

  • The Cost – Obviously a brand new shipping container is going to be more expensive to buy than a used container, so you’ll need to decide whether it’s really worth the extra expense, or will a good quality used cargo container do?
  • Too Good for Storage – Unless you’re storing sensitive goods, there’s really no need to go to the extra expense of buying a brand new shipping container if all you’re going to store is old machinery, documents, or anything that could be stored in a decent used cargo container.

USED SHIPPING CONTAINERS

PROS

  • Great for On-Site Offices – One of the most common uses for a shipping container is to serve as a mobile on-site office on construction sites. There’s really no need to incur the extra cost of buying a shiny new container for this purpose. A used container in pretty good shape will be perfect, as aesthetics are not important.
  • Used Containers Are Cheaper – This is one of the biggest selling points for getting a second-hand shipping container. Used containers come in different quality grades, so the price will vary depending on the condition, but you’ll definitely save some bucks buying a used container as compared to a brand new one.
  • Quality Grades for All Requirements -  There are many things a used shipping container can be used for, and with the condition of the containers graded according to their quality, you can pick up old containers at bargain prices if some dents and rust are not a problem. As an example, if you want to build a secure garden shed or backyard workshop out of a used shipping container, then realistically a B or C Grade container will likely be good enough.
  • Perfect for Ablution Units – Portable toilet facilities are very handy for sporting events, concerts, exhibitions and more. There’s no real need to purchase brand new shipping containers only to transform them into mobile ablution units. Decent quality second-hand containers will be perfectly fine for the task.
  • Great for Hiring Out – Although a new container would be perfect for hiring out to others, a new container will also quickly lose value once it’s been used a few times. It makes more sense to purchase A Grade used shipping containers if you plan to hire them out for transport or storage. They won’t cost as much to buy, won’t lose value anywhere near as fast as a new container, therefore giving you a higher profit margin.

CONS

  • Cross Contamination Is a Risk – Whether it’s a refrigerated container or not, if you’re planning on transporting or storing perishable or sensitive items in your container, you have no idea what’s previously been inside a used one. That can be a real concern in this case, and therefore it might be a safer choice to buy a new container.
  • Might Not Be Air Tight – An A-Grade used shipping container should still have airtight and watertight seals, but many other used containers will no longer be airtight. This will allow dirt, moisture and pests access to the contents within the container and possibly cause damage to transported or stored goods. Containers of this quality will not be considered seaworthy for transporting on container ships either.
  • Limited Lifespan – The general life expectancy of a shipping container that is put to regular use is approximately 12 years. If you buy an old container, that’s around 8 or 9 years old, and you plan to use it for transporting cargo, you may not get much use out of it before it ends up in the recycling yard as scrap metal.

10 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NEW AND USED SHIPPING CONTAINERS

When it comes to new and used shipping containers, there are advantages and disadvantages with each. In this post, we’ll discuss 10 differences between new and used cargo containers so you have a better idea which suits your requirements best.

#1 – THE PRICE

Obviously brand new shipping containers are going to cost more than their used counterparts, and when it comes to second-hand containers, because their condition varies, so will the price. If you are using a container and aesthetics and cross-contamination are a consideration, then buying a new one might be the way to go.

#2 – THE CONDITION

Used containers will come in many states, some being in major disrepair, whereas with a new container you know it’ll be in pristine condition. It really depends on your budget and your needs whether you buy a new container or a decent used one will do.

#3 – THE UNKNOWN HISTORY

Depending on what you might be planning on storing, transporting or using a container for, the issue with used shipping containers, is you don’t know their history and what’s been in them. Sometimes this can be a real concern when storing food items for example.

#4 – USED CONTAINERS MIGHT BE BRANDED

If branding is important, then a used shipping container could be painted with a company’s brand on it. In this case, you would need to go to the expense of having the container repainted and rebranded. New containers generally won’t be branded.

#5 – NEW CONTAINERS ARE AIRTIGHT

This is important, especially when transporting cargo on a ship. An airtight container will also keep the dust and critters out. With a used container, the seals might still be airtight or they may need replacing. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

#6 – REMODELLING

Depending on what you want the container for, remodelling a new shipping container might not be worth it because of the expense. Let’s say you want to use it for a backyard workshop. Generally, an older (and cheaper) container is more suited to this application.

#7 – FORK LIFT POCKETS

Some of the older style cargo containers were not built with convenient forklift pockets, whereas nearly all the modern new ones are. This is an important consideration if the container needs to be moved about an industrial yard.

#8 – BUILDING WITH SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Now while it might seem cost-effective to use second-hand containers for building a home or granny flat, the problem is, you don’t know what’s been in them. They could have stored toxic chemicals. Not a great environment to live in. In this case, it’s a much safer bet to choose a building with brand new containers.

#9 – CUSTOMISATION

When you order a new shipping container you can have customisations made to it before taking possession of it. An example might be a particular type of flooring, or your company’s brand painted on the side. Possibly even internal shelving.

#10 – GUARANTEE

Usually, a brand new shipping container will come with a much longer warranty than a used container will. In the long-term, this could be something that saves you money.

10 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS YOU CAN BUY

#1 – STANDARD SHIPPING CONTAINER

This is your regulation, stock standard shipping container and the most common type of shipping container. It’s the most original design and the most versatile type of container for transporting cargo and for storage. With 3 common sizes of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft, it’s also the container that’s most commonly modified for other purposes.

#2 – HIGH CUBE SHIPPING CONTAINER

This is very much the same as the standard container, except it’s a little higher. Internally there is roughly one extra foot of head room. This enables the container to be used for storing or transporting extra tall items.

#3 – REFRIGERATED SHIPPING CONTAINERS

This one is very self-explanatory. Similar to the build of a standard container, these containers have a refrigeration unit attached that keeps the interior of the container cooled to a constant temperature. Not only are they used for transporting perishables, but are also commonly used as refrigerated storage devices.

#4 – REEFER SHIPPING CONTAINERS

This type of container is very similar to the standard refrigerated container, except reefer containers have variable temperature control and the internal temperature can be adjusted precisely to suit the contents being carried or stored within the container.

#5 – CONTAINERS FOR ON-SITE OFFICES

These are very common place and often employed on building and construction sites all over the world. These shipping containers are purpose built as transportable and secure on-site office space for the foreman and others in charge of the project.

#6 – THE OPEN TOP SHIPPING CONTAINER

As the name suggests, these cargo containers have an open top, enabling heavy items to be easily loaded via an overhead crane. Things like heavy machinery and the like are most suited to being transported in an open top container for convenience. Once loaded, a tarp is used to cover the roof and contents of the container.

#7 – THE FLAT RACK SHIPPING CONTAINER

You can think of the flat rack container like a box of flat pack furniture. The whole idea of these containers is they can be disassembled, making for easy transportation of empty containers, as well as being able to store the containers in limited space.

#8 – SIDE OPENING SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Standard shipping containers have doors at the end, which is okay, but not suitable if you need to load extra large items. The side opening container has huge doors opening on the side, making loading super fast and very easy.

#9 – SHIPPING CONTAINERS FOR DANGEROUS GOODS

Dangerous goods items – things like flammable liquids, gases, explosives, chemicals and so on – need to be shipped in containers that have been purpose built. Dangerous goods containers are the solution, keeping everyone safe.

#10 – CUSTOM MODIFIED SHIPPING CONTAINERS

As well as the standard types mentioned above, shipping containers can be custom modified to suit your exact requirements.

10 REASONS TO HIRE A SHIPPING CONTAINER

#1 – ONE-OFF TRANSPORTATION

If you are shipping a container load of cargo locally or to or from overseas as a one-off shipment, then it makes no sense to go to the expense of buying a shipping container when hiring one will be a lot cheaper. In this instance, purchasing a container would only make sense if you were transporting items regularly.

#2 – TEMPORARY STORAGE

It’s the same with temporary storage. If you only need to store the items securely for a few months, then shipping container hire is definitely the way to go. It’s a cost effective and super secure solution.

#3 – MOVING HOUSE

It’s becoming more popular to employ shipping containers when moving house, and this is a great option if you are shipping furniture and possessions overseas. You get time to pack the container at your leisure, and it’s the same once the container arrives at its destination address.

#4 – SEASONAL REQUIREMENTS

This could relate to any number of scenarios. An example might be a supermarket or local store hiring a refrigerated container around Christmas time to store extra perishable food items. Once the holiday season is over and demand has decreased, the container goes back to the supplier.

#5 – HIRE ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS

Even if your enterprise requires the use of shipping containers on a semi regular basis, hiring can still be the most cost effective solution if the use of a cargo container is only sporadic, where you might go months before needing one again.

#6 – YOU GET OPTIONS

When you hire a cargo container as compared to buying one, you have options and a variety of styles to choose from to suit your needs. One time a standard container might get the job done, whereas on another occasion, you may find you require a side loading or top loading container, or even a reefer shipping container.

#7 – ONE-OFF BUILDING PROJECT

Containers used as on-site offices is one of their most common applications. But what if you only need that mobile office for the one building project? You don’t really want to buy a container in that case, and that’s where hiring one is the most logical solution.

#8 – IT’S TAX DEDUCTIBLE FOR BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Whether you’re transporting goods related to your business or need temporary storage space, the money you spend on hiring a shipping container is a tax deductible expense.

#9 – HIRE WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

No matter what kind of budget you have to work with, you can find a lease period that suits your requirements and your bottom line. Short, medium or long-term hire is available.

#10 – NO MAINTENANCE COSTS

When you buy a container you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep, but when you hire a shipping container, the company that hired it to you is responsible for these costs and upkeep.

10 REASONS TO BUY A SHIPPING CONTAINER

#1 – PERMANENT STORAGE SPACE

Storage is one of the most common uses of a shipping container. Cargo containers are a ready made, spacious room that is super tough, durable and highly secure. If you need to store equipment, business documents, furniture, machinery, or just about anything else, then a shipping container is the ultimate storage solution.

#2 – YOU REGULARLY TRANSPORT CARGO

For one-off transportation purposes it makes more sense to simply hire a cargo container, but if you’re regularly transporting items over land or overseas, then investing in your own shipping container will ultimately save you money in the long-term.

#3 – IT CAN BE A SOUND INVESTMENT

We mentioned above that buying your own container will save money long-term if you do a lot of transporting of goods and cargo. When you buy a container it can also be an investment. When you rent the money is gone, you own nothing, but when you buy a shipping container, down the track you can then sell it if you no longer need it.

#4 – YOU NEED AN ON-SITE OFFICE

The huge advantage of using a purpose built shipping container for an on-site office is they are easily transportable when one project is completed and another commences. And because of their steel construction, shipping containers are very tough and super secure.

#5 – STORING PERISHABLE ITEMS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Rather than constructing an expensive cold room for a store or other business that needs to store perishable items, it can make more logical and financial sense to simply purchase a refrigerated shipping container. It’s a ready-built cold room that just needs to be plugged into a power source and you’re up and running.

#6 – STORING DANGEROUS GOODS

If you are merely transporting dangerous goods once or twice, then hiring a dangerous goods container is all you need, but if you store flammable liquids, gases, chemicals and so on at your place of business, then for safety reasons it makes sense to invest in a dangerous goods container.

#7 – SHIPPING CONTAINERS ARE VERSATILE

When you own a shipping container you can transform it for any purpose you please, and because a container already has walls, a floor and a ceiling, modifying cargo containers is a relatively straightforward process for many applications.

#8 – A READY MADE SHOP

If you have a business catering at events, then shipping containers converted into stores or kitchens are an easy and secure solution that are readily transportable.

#9 – AWESOME HOME EXTENSIONS

This is becoming more common because most of the construction is already done. Build an extra room out of a converted shipping container, or even a stand alone granny flat out back.

#10 – SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR HIRE

As an added investment idea, once you own your shipping container, you can make money from it over and over again by hiring it out for extra income.

10 POSSIBLE USES FOR USED SHIPPING CONTAINERS

#1 – TRANSPORTATION OF CARGO

This is what shipping containers were originally built for and most commonly used for. Whether transporting goods locally or across the seas, transporting goods and cargo safely and securely is still the primary purpose of the cargo container.

#2 – SECURE STORAGE

Being used as a super strong and secure storage facility is likely still the second most common use for shipping containers. You can store anything in them, including perishables if you have a refrigerated container.

#3 – ON-SITE OFFICE SPACE

Being tough, secure and mobile, a used shipping container is the perfect solution as an on-site office on construction and building sites. This is one of the most common uses of a repurposed shipping container.

#4 – TEMPORARY CAFES FOR EVENTS

These are trendy and becoming more common because they are very easy to set up, pack up and move. They also make for a very secure environment when the store is closed and extremely hard to break into.

#5 – ROADSIDE KITCHENS

Roadside kitchens fashioned from old shipping containers are a really cool idea. Once again, these are very easy to transport and make for the perfect portable kitchen to be used at events, conventions, or even as a more permanent roadside fixture.

#6 – TEMPORARY DWELLINGS

Whether you want to construct an entire house, add on an extra room, or build a cool granny flat out the back, shipping containers are a great choice because the walls and ceilings are already in place. A few select modifications and additions and you have some new and very unique living space.

#7 – BACKYARD WORKSHOP

Even a small 10ft shipping container makes for the ultimate backyard workshop for the home or business. Not a lot of modification really needs to be done to transform an old container into a new work space. Maybe just some shelving and a few windows is all that’s required.

#8 – MOVING HOUSE

The advantage of using a shipping container to move your furniture and possessions is you can generally fill it at your leisure over the space of a week, then have everything easily transported to the new location and unload it at the other end, again at your leisure.

#9 – A MAN CAVE

Containers are great for constructing the ultimate man cave, where you and your friends can watch your favourite sports over a few beers, share a laugh, or even store your memorabilia. Most of the construction is already in place. It’s simply a case of having the container modified to your specific requirements.

#10 – ABLUTION UNITS

In other words, convert shipping containers into portable toilet blocks to be used at concerts, sporting events, or anywhere that portable facilities are required. There will be a few mods required, but their portability is their greatest asset.

10 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A SHIPPING CONTAINER

#1 – WHAT WILL THE CONTAINER BE USED FOR?

Until you have a firm idea of what purpose your shipping container will serve regularly, you won’t be able to make a clear decision on any of the other important factors.

#2 – SHIPPING CONTAINER SIZE

One of the very first things you’ll need to decide on is the size of the cargo container to suit your needs. The two most common sizes are the 20ft container (the most versatile and most popular), and the mammoth 40ft container. There is also a budget 10ft container if you don’t require much space.

#3 – NEW OR USED SHIPPING CONTAINER

A new container will obviously be more expensive, whereas there are loads of high quality used shipping containers on the market for a cheaper price. If cross-contamination is an issue, then new might be the way to go. Used containers are usually graded A, B and C, with A being the best quality.

#4 – DO YOU NEED A HIGH CUBE SHIPPING CONTAINER?

High cube containers are slightly taller than regular containers, with roughly an extra foot of head room internally. They’re great for transporting or storing extra tall cargo.

#5 – REFRIGERATED OR NON-REFRIGERATED?

The choice here is pretty obvious. If you are storing or transporting perishable goods, or temperature sensitive goods, then you’ll need a refrigerated or reefer container.

#6 – WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?

Prices can vary a lot depending on the condition and size of the container. Before you can really decide on the container you need, you first have to work out how much you can afford to spend. No point aiming for a new refrigerated container if the budget only allows cash for a C Grade used container.

#7 – DECIDE ON THE TYPE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER

Not only do cargo containers come in various lengths, but there are also different types, such as open top containers, side opening containers, flat rack and dangerous goods containers.

#8 – HAS THE CONTAINER BEEN MODIFIED?

Some containers have been modified for specific purposes that may not suit your requirements. An example would be a pop-up roadside restaurant, which is becoming more common.

#9 – INSPECT THE SHIPPING CONTAINER FIRST

This is particularly important when buying a used container. Either inspect it yourself or hire an expert to inspect it for you. After all, you want to be sure you’re getting your money’s worth and that the container is up to par for your needs.

#10 – CHOOSE A REPUTABLE SHIPPING CONTAINER SUPPLIER

Find a supplier who has been in the game for a long time and has developed a checkable reputation for quality, price and service. This is an important step to ensure you get the very best shipping container for your money.