Bringing in the New Year

We at Southwest Transport & Container would like to wish all of our clients and followers a very happy New Year! We look forward to expanding our business, serving old and new clientele, and continuing to bring the best customer satisfaction in the shipping container industry!

So feel free to contact us for all your container needs this coming year and share the word with friends and family!

We offer shipping containers for purchase and container transport as well as custom modifications.


Happy New Year Blog


FIFA World Cup 2022 Featuring Shipping Containers

Fifa world cup stadium

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the first to be held in the Middle East with it’s host location being Qatar, a small country positioned next to Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf.

In order to host the World Cup, Qatar has been tasked with creating multiple venues for the competitions to take place throughout the country. Each country that has hosted the renowned tournament is presented with a similar undertaking, though each country has it’s own infrastructure, climate, and geographically specific challenges.

One of the greatest challenges in developing stadiums for these specific games is the climate, as Qatar is a notoriously hot desert country with the average temperature throughout the year being 91.9° Farenheit. Thus, advanced cooling technology was an extremely important aspect of developing the stadiums. Similarly, with sustainability playing such a huge role in the current global climate, it was equally important to develop stadiums using the most cutting edge technology possible. Their efforts in sustainable construction have paid off with a 4 star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System. And their efforts in sustainability did not stop there……

In late August 2017 they unveiled that their newest stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, would use shipping containers fit within a steel frame that would house 40,000 seats as well as bathrooms, concessions, and shops and also features the ability to be disassembled and moved to different locations following the World Cup. This aligns with Qatar’s mission to donate parts of each stadium to developing countries that lack sports infrastructure. The design significantly reduces the carbon footprint by reducing the amount of materials needed and the waste produced by the building process. Due to the stadium’s location in the waterfront city of Doha, the shipping containers will be shipped directly to the nearby port and the stadium will be assembled there over a 3 year period.

This has been a reoccurring trend throughout the past decade, using shipping containers as a more sustainable construction tool. If you’re interested in using shipping containers for an upcoming project, feel free to give us a call and discuss your ideas and how we can help!



Container House

Photographing landscapes and structures (and being the son of civil engineers), I’ve become a bit of an architecture fanboy. The trend towards building with shipping containers, whether a do-it-yourself effort or a pre-fab corporate approach, seems particularly exciting. This weekend, I encountered this in-construction house built from three forty-foot intermodal containers. The owners added sloped […]

via Shipping Container House — Decaseconds

Shipping Container Voyage

Here’s a little video detailing the journey shipping containers make across the ocean.

Did you know that about 90% of all non-bulk cargo is transported via container ship? There are currently over 9,000 container ships worldwide and each ship can carry approximately 19,000 twenty foot containers so at any given point in time there are a lot of goods crossing the ocean!

Most container ships come from Panama, which has 541 vessels registered, and surprisingly the United States only has a measly 75! However, all containers are manufactured in China.

The Port of Singapore is the world’s busiest port with almost 26 million containers passing through the port in 2009 alone.

The average age of a container upon retirement is 27 years.

Just some fun little facts about these average steel boxes that quietly connect the world and its consumers!


Container Hotels

Container architecture sprung in conjunction with the Tiny House Movement and as people started looking for more sustainable construction options. While container structures aren’t exactly a new thing what’s truly incredible is the constant new innovative ways they are being utilized.

Most recently, Australian firm Contained, has adapted 20ft shipping containers into portable hotel units that, in addition to being sophisticated and modern, are built to be transportable. The concept behind the project was to create a method of traveling in a sustainable way without sacrificing comfort.

Units are equipped with a queen sized bed, bathroom, sink and bar area, and living room and have a very open feel so that guests can enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of wherever they are visiting. Thus far, the units have been installed in numerous locations around Australia, such as a winery and a wildlife retreat in Queensland.




Container Hotel Group is another company, based in Southeast Asia, that has delved into incorporating shipping containers into the sustainable travel industry.  Their first project, Container Hotel, was completed in 2014 and they now have a several locations in Malaysia. The hotels combine beautiful, contemporary spaces with affordability and central locations for the ultimate travel experience.

The popularity of the hotel inspired CHG to follow up with Capsule, a “capsule” style hotel located within the Kuala Lumpur airport. This container hotel was created more for the in-transit traveler who might just need a place to crash for a night or during a layover. While the capsules themselves are very minimalist, the creators wanted to create a communal ambiance so Capsule features a creative space corridor where people can spend down time surrounded by local art as well as a full service bar for grabbing a quick drink.

The sustainability and flexibility of building with shipping containers has inspired some innovative projects and structures, such as Contained’s transportable pods and CHG’s Capsule hotel. There’s no doubt that the movement will continue to grow and container structures will continue to pop up around the world!

US Navy Ship Crashes with a Container Ship

This is really odd in the extreme. Multiple human-factors, and technological safeguards, would need to fail simultaneously -on both vessels- in order for this catastrophic impact to have happened at sea. Seven U.S. Navy crew members are missing and one injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collided at approximately 2:00am (local) Saturday morning with […]

via Collision At Sea – U.S.S. Fitzgerald Collides With Cargo Container Ship ACX Crystal Off Coast of Japan… — The Last Refuge

Shipping containers Birthday, 26 April 1956 — Maritime Cyprus

It is universally recognised as one of the greatest inventions of the modern world, one that completely changed the way in which business has been done since the 20th century and really and truly made the world a smaller place and the one true architect of Globalisation. People know it through its many variants such as – Container, […]

via Shipping containers Birthday, 26 April 1956 — Maritime Cyprus

Shipping Containers are Breaking Down Borders

Rising innovative art and technology company Shared_Studio is seeking to redefine Internet communication by creating interconnected environments from around the world where participants are able to communicate as if they were actually in the same physical space as the other. The Shared_Portals project specifically, uses shipping containers to creative these interactive spaces.

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The container portals can be used for a huge variety of things from practicing a new language with a native speaker on the other side of the world to launching global conversations between political leaders.

Portal Blog

The highly modified 20ft containers are outfitted with advanced audio and visual equipment and painted gold and can fit up to 8 people inside. They exist all over the world and have been introduced in countries such as the United States, Cuba, Germany, Rwanda, and Mexico so the portal is truly an international experience.

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We’re excited to see new innovative uses for shipping containers. These portals prove once again just how versatile containers can be!

Call us today for a quote or with questions about your container project! 951-205-7300


Are Permits Necessary for a Shipping Container?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding our containers is whether or not a permit is required to have one on your property. The simple answer to this question is….it depends.

Whether or not shipping containers can be placed on your property is left entirely up to municipal jurisdiction so it entirely depends on where you are located. Usually if a permit is required they’re relatively affordable and easy to get.

To find out whether or not your municipality allow containers the easiest way is to call the City Planning/City Engineering Department and ask directly. Many cities will also have the information listed on their corresponding websites, though the quickest way to find out is to call or email the department.

Since we mostly serve the Southern California area we’ve compiled a list of different cities websites where they detail their policies on containers! Hopefully this can save some time and answer any questions our customers may have.


San Diego County




San Bernadino County

Yucca Valley




Apple Valley

These are just a few of the places we serve on a regular basis. Hopefully this can prove helpful for some of our customers!

As always, call us with any questions or to order your container today!