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Containers Designed Especially for Road and Rail?

SCF design and manufacture containers specifically for Australian road transport. They come with a range of functionality and safety features that are critical for road and rail operators.

Container Trailers by SCF

Your all in one solution for Australian road and rail transport

Unlike conventional shipping containers, SCF's intermodal container range is designed and built for Australian transport, accommodating two Australian standard pallets side by side for enhanced efficiency and versatility. When paired with an Australian-built SCF skel trailer, this seamless combination offers an unparalleled trailer alternative with enhanced efficiency and capacity. 

SCF's Intermodal Containers

Browse our range of Intermodal containers designed to perform over and over again in Australia's harsh conditions. From truck, to train, and back to truck, take advantage of the flexibility a container represents for your fleet.

SCF Container Solutions - 48ft Skel

48ft Skel

Ultra low profile 48ft Skel trailer.
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SCF Container Solutions - Dry Van Trailers

Dry Van Trailers

SCF's dry end door pallet wide containers are the original intermodal solution. Easy to use, reliable and consistent. With Vertical Load Bars, you can double internal storage.
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SCF Container Solutions - Tautliner Trailers

Tautliner Trailers

Tautliner containers are easily accessible from both sides. They come with gates to protect palletised goods that can be easily and safely removed by operators, and Mezzanine Decks are optional to increase internal storage.
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SCF Container Solutions - Refrigerated Trailers

Refrigerated Trailers

Refrigerated containers will keep goods cold for days on end. With superior thermal insulation, machine run time is kept down to maintain a constant internal temperature.
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Key Considerations
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Fleet Availability
  • Fleet availability is critica... MORE
  • Fleet availability is critical to meet changing customer demands
  • A shortage of available trailers can lead to delays in deliveries, lost business opportunities, and increased operational costs
  • Transport containers provide ... MORE
  • Transport containers provide more options for sourcing equipment
  • Existing skels can be combined with a transport container to create any combination of container trailers (i.e. tautliner, refrigerated, dry van, flat top)
  • SCF manages a lease fleet of over 16,000 containers in Australian and New Zealand meaning stock is usually available
  • Lead time for new build transport containers is approximately 120-180 days from order to delivery

Difficulty sourcing trailer equipment?

  • The cost of transport equipme... MORE
  • The cost of transport equipment has continued to rise above inflation over recent years
  • Cost management of fleet is critical to ensuring a healthy business and competitive offering in the market
  • Most transport containers are... MORE
  • Most transport containers are less expensive than trailers, whilst providing similar features and functionality
  • For example – refrigerated containers can represent a savings of over 25% compared to an equivalent refrigerated trailer
  • Transport containers typically cost less to maintain due to their robust construction for Australian conditions

Feeling the rising cost of trailer equipment?

Fleet Flexibility
  • Freight profiles constantly c... MORE
  • Freight profiles constantly change and require different equipment to transport
  • Having the wrong trailer type can result in losing work, poor fleet utilisation and taking on additional equipment costs to service
  • Transport containers can be r... MORE
  • Transport containers can be removed from a skel and swapped within minutes to create a new combination (i.e. tautliner, refrigerated, dry van, flat top).
  • The flexibility of transport containers improves skel utilisation and provides the right equipment for changing freight

Struggling to match changing freight with existing trailers?

  • Freight owners are increasing... MORE
  • Freight owners are increasingly demanding innovative solutions and a wider range of services to move their freight
  • Having a single mode of transport (i.e. road only) limits accessible customers compared to multiple modes (i.e. road and rail)
  • Transport containers unlock a... MORE
  • Transport containers unlock a simple method to expand and generate new business
  • Quick access to multiple combinations mean the ability to respond to different freight requirements
  • The ability to use equipment on road or rail creates new revenue opportunities to take on new customers and service new regions

Looking for new ways to grow and expand?

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Not Just a Shipping Container

SCF’s specialized intermodal container range has been developed in conjunction with, and specifically for, the Australian transport industry.  

What started out with furniture removalists over 30 years ago quickly grew to incorporate intermodal customers. With that came containers built specifically around the needs of these customers, including the ability to hold two chep pallets, in addition to further restraint and safety features.

Our containers have been, and will continue to be, refined in consultation with customers and engineers to ensure the demands of the changing industry continue to be met.  

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So what are the differences between intermodal containers and traditional shipping containers?

SCF Intermodal Containers
Standard Shipping Containers
Can Fit Two Chep Pallets

All SCF intermodal containers are designed to fit two Chep pallets side by side, so you can maximise internal storage.
Standard shipping containers are too narrow to fit two Chep pallets side by side.
Transport Features

SCF has a range of containers in our fleet with transport specific features, such as Vertical Load Bars and Mezzanine Decks, that allow containers to be safely double stacked. Steel floor options are available for added strength.
Double stacking in a standard container has to be done onto other pallets, which is a problem if they are delicate or holding soft goods.
Designed and Built for Australia

Our containers are designed to thrive in Australia's harsh conditions. And with depots around the country, we can keep your containers on the road, not in the workshop waiting for repairs.
Built for the shipping lines and not much else. Once they are off the boat, they are at the mercy of the owner. Dents, dings and dodgy doors need to be fixed by a qualified repairer, who aren't always easy to find.
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Our Footprint Extends Across Australia

With depots across the country, you can get the equipment you need quickly. And we can maintain and repair damaged containers, so your equipment spends more time out on the road and less time in the lockup waiting for a fix.

Map of Australian major roads, rails, freight terminals and SCF depots
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Need It Now? No Worries

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We are constantly building into our fleet of intermodal containers, which means you don't have to wait 12 months or longer for equipment. Need something next week? Once you're on board, contact your SCF representative who will prepare it for release from our closest depot to you.

Can A Skel and Container Combination Benefit Your Business?

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Ready to discuss how an SCF Skel and Container combination could benefit your business? Complete our form below and one of our Intermodal Specialists will be in touch. 

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