How We Deliver a Shipping Container

Our drivers are highly skilled at delivering a BigSteelBox, and they take great care to ensure the placement fits our customers' needs.

One of the most common questions our customers ask is "how do you deliver a BigSteelBox?"

We obviously use a truck, but the process of placing the container is relatively simple, and something we do hundreds of times every day. Safety and caring for the customer's property are the top priorities with every delivery we make.

How much space is needed?

The first thing we let our customers know is that we need at least 70 feet of space in a direct line to place a 20' container. This includes the length of the Box, the length of the deck that extends backwards and the length of the truck. 

Our trucks are equipped with decks that extend off the back, and then tilt down. The corner posts of the container are lowered onto wooden blocks to protect the surface of your driveway, and to keep the Box level. The truck then moves forward until the other end of the Box is lowered onto blocks. As long as the site is clear and there is enough space, the whole delivery process takes 10 to 15 minutes.

Illustration of how a BigSteelBox shipping storage container is delivered.

What door direction do you need?

One consideration for customers is to decide what direction you want the doors of your BigSteelBox to face. Standard shipping containers only have doors on one end. (You can request a BigSteelBox with doors on both ends if that suits your needs better.)

Most of our moving customers want the doors to face the house, which makes packing the moving container easier. For us, this means that the doors of the Box should be at the back of the truck as opposed to facing the cab of the truck. That's why it's important for us to know how you want your container situated when you schedule your delivery.

Are my contents going to shift in the loading process?

Photo of a BigSteelBox Home DeliveryThe container is tilted on a slight angle during the pick-up and delivery, but the entire process moves very slowly, and the force is minor compared to what you would experience during transport.

Turning, braking, and going up and down hills will impact the contents far more than the delivery and pick-up of the container.

It's very important to pack your contents carefully, load them into your moving container properly, and ensure everything inside the Box is secured with tie downs. Watch the video above to learn more about the delivery and loading of a BigSteelBox, or check our Videos page for more instructional videos.


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“We would like to thank the BigSteelBox staff in Kitchener for all your effort and help in making our move a reality. You really made a difference, by being there and supporting us. ”

-Gary & Joanne, BigSteelBox Customers