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Are Shipping Containers Waterproof?


The idea to transport entire truck trailers with cargo inside was realized somewhere in 1955. It made the transportation process much simpler and quicker as the contents were not required to be loaded-unloaded again and again. By the 1960s, containerization became a major element in ocean shipping. It was gradually used in trucks and trains, and the movement of freight between the different modes of transport became seamless. When choosing a shipping container, you might consider factors like size, security, type and the mode of transportation. Consider whether the containers are wind and watertight while evaluating the quality. Count on Pack-All International for containerization throughout Toronto, Mississauga, and the surrounding areas. We load, block, brace equipment and smaller items into the metal containers. We have been providing custom skids, specialized packaging with wooden crates and containerization services since 1976.

Shipping containers are made of steel, aluminum, wood, or a combination of all. They have a closed top or a closed-end with hinged doors installed with rubber seals for watertight properties.

The Problem of Condensation

Containers can be placed on the ground only for a few days during the transportation process. Dampness from the ground might enter inside and condense on stored objects. This can also happen through other factors such as:

  • Exposure to sunlight and cold subsequently

  • Saltwater from the sea can seep in the boxes while being shipped

  • Interior contents like the dishwasher or refrigerator are damp. Even objects like clothing and mattress hold a certain amount of moisture

  • Container doors are left open in damp conditions where they may be exposed to rain and water

Corrugated construction, dehumidifiers and water-repelling paint help prevent condensation. You can install a venting system that can help you force out the condensation. The waterproof and watertight qualities also protect the containers from damp conditions and temperature variations.

Waterproof Containers and Watertight Containers

Waterproof containers are ones that are coated in substances that resist water. Watertight containers are the ones that are constructed in such a way that they don’t allow water inside or stored liquids don’t leak from them. A waterproof container may not be watertight and may let water in, keeping the container intact while damaging its content. You can consider the climate conditions, such as the amount of rain or flooding which the area receives that can impact your shipment while selecting the type of containers.

Hire Professionals for Your Containerization Needs

Pack-All International can determine a specific method of containerization, depending on the locations and the items you plan to ship. Our team of experts are experienced in handling the containerization of a wide range of objects. We can help you with forklifts and cranes wherever necessary. You need not worry about any packaging issues. Visit our facilities page to learn about the resources available at our centre.


Contact us today for customized crates and containerization needs.


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