Why Have a Lockbox On Your Shipping Container?
Lockboxes are fittings that are welded onto a container door to provide a safe place where you can padlock the container shut. This is in addition to the standard ISO door closing system to give you extra security for the goods you are storing or transporting.
A lockbox comes in two parts. On the left door there is a piece of steel that protrudes from the door that, when both doors are shut, sits within the lockbox itself on the right hand door. You simply put a padlock through the holes and this locks the doors. This makes it harder for thieves to get cutting gear into the space to break the lock.
The choice of padlock you use is down to you though, thanks to the size and shape of most lockboxes. You can choose a secure padlock as long as it fits within the space required.
Lockboxes are easily welded to used shipping containers and are found as standard on many brand new ones.
ISO and non-ISO lockboxes
Shipping containers are of standard shape and sizes. They are designed to fit a set space in transit and sit closely together.
However, when it comes to lockboxes you have a choice – the ISO lockbox that sits within the space of the shipping container or a larger, non-ISO lockbox.
The ISO lockbox is ideal should you be using the container in the way it was designed – as a box for transporting goods between locations. Built and fitted within the ISO standard for the container, this gives you peace of mind without incurring any charges for an unusually sized container. It does limit the size of padlock you can use as it needs to fit within the space.
Non-ISO lockboxes are larger affairs that can take bigger padlocks but are too large for sending the container on a train, ship or truck in the normal way – as storage containers for example. Storage containers are classic examples where you need greater security and are less likely to be shifted outside of the space you put them. With a bigger, more secure padlock you have greater security, though you could end up paying surcharges should you transport the container with one of these fitted.
Lockboxes – added security for your peace of mind
Lockboxes are great for added peace of mind when storing goods in a shipping container.
Here at Gateway Container Sales we can retrofit new lockboxes to any used shipping containers you buy from us at a low cost, or can supply you with a new container that has one fitted.
Give us a call or email us today to discuss your needs!