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Shipping Container Security

Locking your shipping container properly and adding a few layers of security can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your cargo safe. Cargostore offers a comprehensive range of container security options from lock boxes to heavy duty padlocks.

Follow our step by step guide to how to lock your container below.

How to lock your container

A standard shipping container door is fitted with two vertical lock rods to enable opening, closing and locking of the doors. Cargostore can also provide a range of additional features to improve the container security, such as heavy duty padlocks and lock boxes, which you can learn how to use correctly below.


How to close and lock your doors


  • Start by closing the left-hand door
  • Make sure the locking bars go into their locking keepers at the top and bottom of the container
  • Engage the cams and keepers and then twist both handles
  • Put the handles into the mounts and close the locking lapses
  • Repeat the process with the right hand door
  • Slide the shackle of your lock closed on the locking bar to secure
  • You should now not be able to turn or open the locking bar

Heavy Duty Container Lock


Normal padlocks may look chunky, but can be removed with surprising ease. A thief armed with bolt cutters can cut through a common padlock in less than 20 seconds.

For peace of mind, you need a secure, super heavy duty padlock made of solid hardened steel from Cargostore.

Designed to resist sawing, prying and rust, the shackle for these locks is harder and more shielded than on a typical padlock, making them far more difficult to get at with bolt cutters.

We can supply these padlocks upon request. Simply ask us for them when you are ordering your next container.

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Container Lock Boxes


You can also choose to add an extra layer of security by having a container lock box installed. This is a steel box which is securely welded to the container and encloses your padlock so it can only be accessed from the underside.

Lock boxes prevent thieves from forcing open or cutting through the padlock using crow bars, angle grinders or bolt cutters, as well as shielding your padlock from the elements.

Thieves know that lock boxes require a huge amount of effort to circumvent, so they act as an excellent deterrent against burglary. Our lock boxes are welded to the container, so please order prior to delivery.



Using the Lock Box correctly


  • Make sure you close the doors fully by following the instructions above
  • Unlock your heavy duty padlock, and pull the spindle out.
  • Insert the padlock up into the lockbox, and make sure it goes around the locking pin.
  • Push the padlock spindle through the locking pin, turn the key and remove in order secure the padlock.


Contact Cargostore Worldwide today to discuss how we can support your  project with our wide range of ISO certified containers. Email us at sales@cargostore.com  or call +44 (0) 208 879 1900

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