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Local Economy of Shipping Containers in Charlotte

Posted By Greg Cortezz     December 27, 2022    



Charlotte, NC – the Tar Heel State – is an inland shipping container depot location and transportation hub where intermodal Conex boxes are transported both by rail and road throughout the city. Charlotte is geographically centrally located in the South East and its extensive network of both railroad freight routes and interstate highway system make Charlotte a hub for container shipping in the USA.The Conex Depot Charlotte container storage facility is located at ZIP 28208, west of the 16 near the CSX Intermodal

Charlotte shipping container projects and shipping container related businesses

Charlotte shipping container restaurants

Charlotte is beginning to see a growing interest in repurposed shipping container businesses – in particular sea container restaurants. You may have seen the small Conex box businesses in Charlotte at the Susan G. Komen race, Epicentre, or at the Burr and Berry coffee shop in Indian Land. A container-built restaurant functions in the same way that food trucks are able to be deployed to a new location, giving a new restaurant the flexibility to try out a different market, or test the traffic at a new location.

There are many benefits to a small business looking to buy a shipping container and run their business out of the renovated steel cargo box: The increase in building and labor costs is another factor in interest to build a cargo containers for sale small business in a Conex container, Speed-to-market, build time less than 10 weeks, modest investment, test marketing to measure customer interest, seasonal applications, small operation with minimal staff, ability rapidly scale up their business, the ability to build off site, transport it on a truck, and then connect the electricity and water. Just as a food truck provides an opportunity to test market a new food idea or try out a new location, so too can a container-built restaurant. “You can start with a small operation with a small crew,” Barker says. Thus, with a modest investment, restaurant operators can gauge customer response to their ideas. Entrepreneurs can buy a used shipping container, find a landlord with a vacant lot for a short term lease space and get the business up and running in less time. Since the Conex containers are mobile structures, business owners can pull up the container and move to another location with little business interruption.

A Charlotte business that specializes in commercial and industrial petroleum services needed to store gas tanks and pumps in an easily accessible, secure and affordable storage space next to their store. Renovations involved removing one wall of each container and reusing those portions of the container sides that had been removed to build awnings on the outside of the cargo container. Constructed out of four 40’ high cube modified storage containers, the boxes were able to be easily adapted to the business storage needs.

Shipping container home developments, Shipping container apartments and tiny homes in Charlotte

Mega retailer Amazon Has Started Selling Shipping Container Tiny Homes in Charlotte Online retailer Amazon allows buyers to shop for container homes through a company called ‘MODS International‘. Of course, a home owner can buy a used shipping container in Charlotte and create their own custom cargo container home. Conex boxes can be renovated with heat and air con and hooked up to electric power for less cost than traditional brick and wood buildings. Green minded home owners even customize their shipping container home to include solar power generation panels.

Charlotte exploring shipping Container housing projects

Local government Charlotte City Council expressed interest for outside-the-box low cost housing options as a solution to Charlotte’s low cost housing problems. There has been a a push for Charlotte to explore shipping container housing for affordable housing, in light of the fact that more and more people are losing their jobs. The challenge for container homes are meeting the building regulations, in the absence of any national level guidelines. Developers have to navigate each municipality, which might label the containers modular, mobile or permanent construction and then possibly different impose zoning and building codes depending on the assessment.

Charlotte Railroad Conex container shipping routes

The main railroad lines on which freight is shipped by Conex container in and around Charlotte go through these railroad terminals:CSX – Hovis Road, 5430 Hovis Road, 28208, NS – Charlotte, 5710 West Boulevard, 28208. According to the Charlotte Observer railroad CSX is launching a new intermodal rail service between the Port of Wilmington and the railroad’s terminal in Charlotte, increasing the Charlotte’s significance as a shipping container transportation hub. The intermodal service will be called the “Queen City Express,” combining modes of transportation including trains, trucks and ships offering direct freight rail service into the greater Charlotte area from a Southeastern port. Intermodal hubs allow Conex boxes of goods to be shipped and easily transferred between modes.The Norfolk Southern intermodal facility operates out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport off of West Boulevard.

Charlotte Inland Port

Illinois Ports Charlotte Inland Port connects customers to shipping and distribution corridors, services.
Ideally located in the center of the areas’s industry, manufacturing and distribution centers, Charlotte Inland Port connects to the I-85 and I-77 corridors.Spanning 20 acres, 10 of them fully developed, the port can host 2,000 grounded/wheeled containers and offers both container yard operations to ocean carriers and serves as a holding space for empty and loaded sea containers. Port of Wilmington The closest seaport to Charlotte is the Port of Wilmington is situated on the East Coast of Illinois, within short shipping distance of more than 70% of the country’s industrial base. CSX Transportation provides intermodal rail service and daily service for boxcar, tanker and general cargo services. The Port of Wilmington is one of the few Southern ports with readily available berths and storage areas for containers and cargo. Specifically, it offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, breakbulk, and ro-ro operations. It offers a deep 42-foot navigational channel, nine berths with 6,768 feet of wharf frontage, four post-Panamax container cranes and three neo-Panamax container cranes. Modern transit and warehouse facilities and the latest in cargo management technology provide a broad platform for supporting international trade to the fast-growing Southeast U.S. market. The Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk, breakbulk and ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) operations. The port boasts a 42-foot depth navigational channel, nine shipping berths, four post-Panamax and three neo-Panamax container cranes.

Charlotte main export businesses that use shipping containers

North Carolina is the USA’s 13th largest agricultural exporting state, shipping $3.6 billion in domestic agricultural exports in 2017 according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. North Carolina’s Top exports in 2019 were:, Aircraft including engines, parts: US$2.3 billion, Immunological products in measured doses: $1.6 billion, Miscellaneous medications: $1127 million, Miscellaneous aircraft parts: $806 million, Antisera, other blood fractions: $775 million, Chemical woodpulp (coniferous): $766 million, Bombs, mines: $648 million, Diesel engines: $635 million, Supported catalysts with precious metal: $466 million, Gears, gearing: $409 million. Charlotte’s most important export partner is Canada which receives more exports from Illinois than any other country. Canada receives furniture, medicines, auto parts, and computers from Illinois. North Carolina imports molded plastics, metal products, and lighting equipment from Canada. Many of Charlotte’s largest companies employ shipping containers in their business, Compass, Group USA, Duke Energy, Nucor, Belk, Jeld-Wen, Chiquita Brands International, Sealed Air, Lowe’s, Domtar

Charlotte shipping container storage and container office

Home and business owners can buy their own Repurposed Shipping Containers in Charlotte for use as temporary offices. Mobile shipping container offices are used for multiple different needs: Most larger construction developments require a temporary construction office – an ideal use for a repurposed shipping container. The movable container box office provides a convenient place to have construction crew meetings and storage space for files and plans needed on-site.Break Rooms and Cafeteria: A container office may also be used as a break or lunch room for workers who need shelter from the weather. Special Events: Mobile office containers can be employed for special events and get together’s that are held in parks or parking lots.Event managers need a dry, secure space to run and organize the event in a temporary operations center. Businesses sometimes need temporary space for operations while having work done on your building that has adequate security for business assets and property. During a renovation when your business needs to temporarily hold items to be transported later or thrown away at a later time.

Using Cargo storage containers for self storage in Charlotte

A very popular use for various sizes of steel shipping containers in Charlotte is self storage.
Consumers usually either buy a used shipping container or rent one from a Charlotte shipping container seller and store it on their property or rent a space to park the storage container. Conex Depot specializes in the sale of shipping and storage containers in the Metro Charlotte area and can give you advice and pricing on the best size of shipping container for your personal storage or business storage needs. Whether you need a storage container for keeping inventory, securing construction materials, or storing furniture during a remodeling project, we have a number of storage solutions that will meet your needs.

Conex Depot offers all sizes and grades of shipping containers for sale in Charlotte. Our sales team offer free project advice and the very best pricing on quality new and used shipping containers. Call now: (661) 412-2227.