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A container for shipping large quantities of Crates using Crane loaded vehicles. This type of container can be unloaded from any location.
In-game description

A Small Shipping Container is a shippable structure that can hold up to 40 item crates and be transported on certain vehicles.


It is built at a Construction Yard with a Hammer and 100 Basic Materials. Alternatively Shippable Crates of 3 small shipping containers can be produced at a Mass Production Factory.


To be moved the container must first be packaged, this is done by opening its menu with E and pressing the "package" Unpackage UI Icon.png button at the bottom. Moving cancels the packaging action. It can only be packaged when there are no items in its inventory and everything is submitted to its stockpile (right click > "submit to stockpile").

To unpackage it simply press E.

When packaged the container can be lifted using a Crane and placed on a Flatbed Truck, Barge, or Freighter for transport. While it's on a vehicle the container cannot be interacted with. You will require another crane at your destination to lift the container from the vehicle.

Despite its small size only one can fit on a Flatbed or Barge, not two.


When it's on the ground and unpackaged, you can open its menu with E while you're on foot or in a Truck. You can then submit crates from your inventory to the container's stockpile by right-clicking a crate and selecting "Submit to Stockpile". Crates can be manually retrieved from the container, unlike the larger Shipping Container. Manually retrieving [[Storage_Depot#Reservability[reservable crates]] is not faster than non reservable ones. It can also be unloaded at a storage depot or a seaport.

Stacks of materials can be packed/unpacked into crates when in the shipping container's inventory.

Using a crane the small shipping container can be deposited on the loading area of certain buildings to interact with them:

  • Storage Depot & Seaport: The container's content can be loaded and unloaded and the container itself can be stored (click the Submit Loading Area Equipment DrivewayEquipment.png button).
  • Refinery: The materials in your refining queues can be packed in crates and loaded in the container using right click and selecting "Retrieve as Crate".
  • Mass Production Factory: Your finished orders can be retrieved and are directly loaded in the container.

Like every other player made structures, it can decay after a while if left untouched.

Multiple containers can be stacked on top of each other.


Small Shipping Containers can be used to deliver directly to the frontlines, unlike normal-sized Shipping Container. They are most useful when loaded with item crates that are quick to retrieve as each crate will need to be manually retrieved and submitted to a base. They are especially useful with basic materials crates because you can unpack the material crates directly in the container's inventory allowing for a direct use without having to submit the crates to a base first.

Colour customization[]

Since Update 0.30 you can chose from one of 7 colors to paint a container by selecting a colour in the container's menu.