10 Reasons to Hire a Shipping Container
You don’t always need to buy a container from Gateway Containers. Hiring or leasing a container often makes a lot of sense and can be a lot more cost effective than going through the process of buying one.
Let’s now look at 10 reasons to hire a shipping container from us instead of buying one:
1. One off use
Not every business will use a shipping container more than once in a certain period. You may be sending a one-off cargo shipment to a client overseas or to the other side of the country but this doesn’t justify ownership. In this case, hiring a shipping container makes good business sense.
2. Hire as required
You may need a shipping container on a semi-regular basis to store or transport goods. It can make good financial sense just to hire a shipping container as opposed to buy. Sometimes you may need several to go to different destinations and sometimes far fewer.
3. Moving house
This is becoming a trend among those moving all their belongings both cross-country and abroad. You can fit all your gear from a two to three bedroomed home into a six metre container and simply put it on a truck and get it to its destination.
You don’t need to buy the container in many cases for this to be more cost effective than buying one.
4. Temporary storage
You may need a high quality shipping container but just for a few months to store your work or home gear, or perhaps as a storage unit for a building site. In these examples and others – perhaps after a fire or storm – you can hire a shipping container to store your gear until it can be safely put in a permanent location.
5. One-off building project
You may be building your dream home and need an office or secure site storage for the building site. Hiring a shipping container in this case can make good financial sense.
6. Seasonal storage or transport
If you’re in e-commerce during the current COVID-19 pandemic you may be seeing a spike in sales and require extra storage space to meet the spike in demand.
Many sectors in e-commerce have to prepare for the Christmas shopping season and hire different shipping containers from Gateway so they have the stock levels required to meet customer demand. Even some supermarkets use refrigerated (reefer) containers at the Christmas peak to store fresh food over and above their backroom storage space.
Shipping containers are designed to be moved around so you can send a container-load to a client who is selling your goods too.
7. Different containers for different needs
Through the year, you or your business may need different containers according to your different requirements. In the hotter months you may need a reefer and in the cooler months you may get by with a standard container. You could also need a side-door container or a 12 metre one at different times. Here you just hire as to your needs as opposed to having a stock of containers that you don’t need to use for much of the year.
For those on a tighter budget, yet requiring a good quality container for storage or transport, hiring a shipping container can meet your needs better than than buying a used one.
9. No maintenance costs
Shipping containers may be tough steel boxes but do require a bit of TLC to keep them in good order. The seals on the doors are one example, but also maintaining the structural integrity of the container itself. This costs money. When you hire a shipping container through us we maintain it for you so you don’t have to.
10. 100% tax deductible!
Perhaps the best thing about hiring a shipping container from Gateway is that the hire and lease of the container is 100% tax deductible. Purchase counts as a capital asset and while you will claw back the outlay over the lifetime of the container through purchase, hiring is far more effective in terms of tax.
Contact us to hire a shipping container today!
Here at Gateway Container Sales & Hire we have a range of different sizes and grades of shipping containers available for short and long term hire. Get in touch with us today to discuss your shipping container hiring requirements.