Place blocks or wooden planks.
Citi-Cargo & Storage delivery personnel will place wooden blocks or plywood squares under the container’s corners in order to mitigate any unstable ground and/or damage to asphalt. This also helps keep the doorframes square and ensure smooth operation of both doors. Wooden blocks will also allow for airflow underneath the container to dry out the surface that the unit is placed on.
Choose an obstruction-free area.
Your containers may be delivered on either a flatbed or tilt-bed truck. Think about obstructions on the ground, like trees or buildings. But also consider power lines or things that could get in the way of a truck that can tilt up to 16’ at its peak.
Ensure adequate space around the container.
The truck will need to maneuver into the space to make the delivery, backing up and pulling in to get the right angle. As a rule, 60’ of depth clearance is good for 20’ containers and 100’ for 40’ containers, not including space for the delivery truck to maneuver in and out.
Consider site changes over time.
If your containers will be onsite for an extended period, anticipate changes that could affect the container pickup, including a trucks point of entry. Site changes like new landscaping, sod, concrete and structures can block vehicle access or hinder maneuverability. Seasonal changes can create soft ground, which also impacts access.
Tips for After Delivery
Once the container is in place, check the integrity of the container. Swing the door open and shut, making sure it closes easily and tightly, and ensure the locks function easily. Read our previous blog post, “9 Tips for Inspecting a Shipping or Storage Container” to learn the difference between normal wear and tear and actual damage that could impact the security of your goods.