What are the different kinds of Container Conditions?

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On xChange, you can select the specific container condition you want for every trading deal you make. The different conditions available on xChange are: 

Cargo Worthy Container

In short, cargo-worthy (CW) means that the shipping container is deemed suitable for transport.
Cargo Worthy (CW) containers usually come with minor dents, scuffing, and scratches, but will be structurally sound, sealed, waterproof, and free from holes, protecting cargo from wind, rain, and other harsh weather during shipping.


  • Here’s what you can expect from a cargo-worthy shipping container:
    • A valid CSC plate
    • A minimum of 50% mark-free interior with some scuffing, scratching, and minor surface rust

    • Floors may be stained, marked, or have minor delamination

    • More prevalent corrosion and dents are possible

    • Likely to have undergone previous repairs

    • Ideal for shipping cargo


Brand new/Food-grade Container

A food-grade container shouldn’t have carried any toxic chemicals or products before. This type of container could not have transported any contaminants such as odor, oils, or substances that might tamper with the condition of the container. A new container is also known as a ‘food grade shipping container’ for this exact reason.

Food grade container


  • Here’s what you can expect from a new/food-grade container:

    • Highest quality container on the market

    • Structurally sound, with little to no dents or scratches

    • All scratches on the container body under 2mm deep

    • Comes with a valid CSC (Container Safety Convention) plate

    • Completely sealed, with zero daylight visibility from inside the container when closed

    • No toxic materials transported in the container in the past

    • Meets all standards for transporting food safely


IICL Container

An IICL container meets the standards and specifications set by the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL). This is the leading trade association of marine container leasing. IICL is the strictest international criterion out there for used containers, which created a standard of inspection for industries that utilize containers for shipping. This is to ensure that an ISO Storage Container is in adequate condition to be long-term leased for cargo transportation. 

  • Here are the properties of an IICL container:

    • Structurally sound, with frames, walls, roof, doors and door seals all in excellent condition

    • Completely sealed, preventing any wind, water or moisture from entering the container

    • Floors in good condition, with minimal scuffs, wear or corrosion

    • Compliant with IMO standards

    • Perfect for shipping cargo


WWT container

If no wind or water can penetrate through the roof, walls, or doors, you have a WWT Container. This container is suitable for cargo transportation under TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers), UIC (International Union of Railways), and CSC criteria. It’s also known as a ‘Grade C’ or cargo-worthy 2 container.


They are an affordable option for storage, as they keep goods safe and protected from wind, rain, and excess moisture, and are much more affordable than new containers.

  • With a WWT container, you can expect the following:
    • A valid CSC plate
    • Extensive markings, corrosion, and scratches on container body
    • Floors marked, moderate delamination
    • Likely to have undergone a series of repairs during its lifetime
    • Will show obvious signs of wear and tear


AS-IS Container

  • As-is containers are damaged containers that have been taken out of commission in the shipping industry and are often not even suitable for storage. These containers usually have significant damage on the roof, walls, and floors. You’ll also find degraded seals, doors that are difficult to open, and structural damage.

  • If you’re looking for containers for purposes other than shipping or storage, such as for office spaces or swimming pools, opt for as-is. They’re likely to be very cheap. 


What can I do if I want to check the Container Condition before Pick-up?

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What is the difference between CW and Food-grade Containers?

  • Please see a general criteria list and some example photos below:

  New/food grade Cargo-Worthy WWT As-Is
Wind & Watertight Yes Yes Yes Not guaranteed
Suitable for exports      Yes Yes With repairs No
Suitable for storage Yes Yes Yes With repairs
Dents & scratches      Minor dents and scratches acceptable Some surface dents, scratches and rust Dents, repairs and surface rust acceptable Significant dents, scratches and rust acceptable
Paint on body Fresh paint Faded, acceptable Faded, acceptable Faded, acceptable
Doors functional   Yes Yes Yes Not guaranteed
Floors free of holes Yes Yes Yes Not guaranteed


Food-grade, Pulp, and Paper-grade Guideline Photos  

(Courtesy of CMC)

  1. No signs of IMO decal or hazardous label
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  2. Exterior panel with excessive rust
    Not acceptable for food-grade / pulp and paper 2.jpg
  3. Interior walls with signs of chemical contamination.
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  4. Interior roof panels showing rust.
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  5. Interior panels showing light scratches/ exposed metal.
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  6. Dry dark stains on the floor
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  7. Cargo spillage on the floor.
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  8. Floor showing transferable oil stain.
    Not acceptable for food-grade / pulp and paper.8.jpg
  9. Center divider and head floor screws head rusted.
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  10. Light drum marks and oil spills.
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  11. Floor burned adjacent to repair
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  12. Door Header with excessive corrosion affecting water/light tightness
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