Everything you need to know about shipping container padlocks?

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A question we are always getting asked is what type of padlock is most suitable for a standard shipping container?  If you have a new shipping container you will have a hasp fitted on the front of the box - please see image below:

Sometimes the depth of the hasp internally can vary depending on if you have purchased your shipping container from either North or South of the country.  This can make choosing the correct shipping container padlock a little more difficult.  To make sure you select the correct container padlock it is always advisable to check the depth of the hasp to ensure you have enough room for the padlock.  All of our container padlocks have a size guide so you can easily check the measurements.

The shackle thickness is not so important because the eye within the hasp is relatively standard.  Our shipping container padlocks range from a 10mm shackle thickness up to a 12mm shackle thickness - any of these will always fit.

We would always recommend going for a shutter padlock / slide bolt type padlock as they are designed to work specifically within a container hasp.  You always have the key way and bolt release at the same end - you will struggle to use a traditional U shaped padlock as they are too awkward to fit within the hasp.

You might also consider if you need an insurance graded container padlock - sometimes your insurance company may specify you have to have a CEN graded insurance approved container padlock.  Any padlock within the container padlock section are all fully weatherproof so they can all be used outside without any hassle.

We sell a wide range of container padlocks, but the two most popular models are listed below:

The Squire WS75 - Insurance graded padlock is our most popular selling shipping container padlock.  This padlock will fit any type of shipping container hasp because it is only 25mm deep.
The Abus 92/65 Padlock is our favourite entry level shipping container padlock - it does exactly what it should do and build quality is excellent.
If you have any questions or would like a bit more advice on what type of padlock you should be using please feel free to call us on 0800 5421264.
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