Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
General FAQs for Big Dog Containers? This is a great place to answer some of your out-of-the-gate questions. Contact us anytime if you have more specific questions!
Each shipping container has an ID code composed of 4 letters and 7 digits. This code is defined by a world-wide recognized system, providing international uniform identification for each container.
Big Dog Containers has its own Owner Code (“DOG”) issued by the Bureau of International des Containers, according to ISO Standard 6346 (Freight Containers-coding, identification and marking.)
The container ID code is composed of:
Containers must be inspected regularly if they are to be used for international, maritime transportation. New containers are given a 5-year grace period. After this grace period they must be inspected by a certified professional, who can validate a container for up to two years. The purpose of the inspection is to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transport and handling of containers, and to facilitate the international transport of containers by providing uniform international safety regulations. You can learn more here.
We will charge:
Shipping Container Rental Invoice
Most of our shipping container rentals are billed in periods or 4 weeks, but we also have other billing cycles available. Please feel free to discuss your preference with us.
On the first invoice of a 4-weeks billing cycle shipping container rental you will be charged for:
If you keep the shipping containers for more than 4 weeks, every time a new rental cycle starts you will receive a new invoice for that period.
Upon return of the shipping container, you will receive a final invoice with:
Note: we might require payment of pick-up transportation at the beginning of the rental. We also ask you to provide a credit card number or otherwise indicate the method of payment that you will be using to pay the recurring rental invoices.
Shipping Container Storage Invoice
If you choose to keep a shipping container you own or one that you rented from us in one of our yards, a fee will the charged for the space on the yard for the period you keep the shipping container there. The billing procedure for shipping container storage is similar to the one described for Rentals.
We accept the following payment methods:
Yes. We take care of any duty fees associated with the shipping containers we sell. When we purchase a shipping container from outside Canada, we make sure any duty fees are paid out before we sell it.
It is your responsibility to understand any tax regulations that may govern your business and adhere to them. If you have determined that your purchase qualifies for PST or any other tax exemption, please make sure we get your PST number or relevant information on file for us to take the tax off your invoice.
New Shipping Containers are manufactured in China. They make a loaded trip to North America, which is why New Containers are often referred to as “One-Trippers.” Used Shipping Containers come about for a variety of reasons, but by far the most common are due to more goods arriving North America than leaving, and Leasing Companies deciding to sell some of their older containers to make room for new containers.
You can choose whether you take care of the transportation of the shipping container yourself or you prefer us to deliver or pick up the shipping container for you.
If you decide to pick it up yourself:
We can load in onto your trailer at the shipping container yard. We have container loading machines that can put the shipping container on your trailer and there is no charge for this.
the delivery and pick-up transportation costs will be charged according to the distance to the destination location, the type of truck used and the number of shipping containers delivered in the same run. If we can deliver the container(s) at the carrier’s convenience, he may be able to match up your order with another one to the same area, reducing your delivery rate.
The shipping containers will typically be delivered with a tilt-deck (in Alberta area) or a crane truck (in British Columbia) that will place the container on the ground for you at your site. Please feel free to inquire about the options available to your specific needs.
With the tilt-deck:
The trailer backs up to where you would like the shipping container placed and tilts it into the ground. The truck driver will need 13’ of clearance.
When we use a 40’-long deck, it can ship 2×20’, 1×40’, 4×10’ or any combination that makes 40′ length.
With a hiab crane truck:
The crane pulls up the container from the truck deck and places it on the ground, normally along side the truck. The trucker will need about 20′ to 30′ from the side of the truck or cleared space.
If the shipping container arrives with any damage that had not been cleared in advance, if the shipping container does not fit your space, if you changed your mind for any reason, please give us a call so that we can propose a solution for you.