Self Storage

Container Self-Storage

Over the past decade, one of the most important markets for Container Traders has been the Container Self-Storage Industry – representing both an Innovative use of Shipping Containers and an Important Source of business for Container Traders.

Recognising the need for an Industry Body to represent this sector and to Promote Professionalism and Standards, the CSTA will provide a service to this rapidly expanding sector.

As from January 2020, the CTIA has changed its name and has changed its branding to provide a range of services relevant to the Container Self-Storage Market and Container Traders.


Industry Code of Practice

The CSTA is committed to promoting best-practice operations at Container Self-Storage Facilities. As part of this process, we have published the “CSTA Code of Practice and Guidance for Operators of Container Self-Storage Facilities”. This Code of Practice reflects the work that the CSTA is undertaking to raise standards in this sector of the Self-Storage industry – and to encourage the industry to operate according to professional criteria.

The Code has been developed for CSTA Accredited Members who provide a professional standard of container self-storage site facilities.

Stakeholders - such as local authorities, financial partners and insurance companies - may refer to the Code of Practice in their evaluation process.

To download the document, click here: CSTA CODE OF PRACTICE.


Sharing Best Practice

CSTA will provide a forum for Operators of Container Self-Storage Facilities to discuss key issues and share best-practice on a number of matters of mutual interest – for example:

  • Fly tipping
  • Credit checking, credit control
  • Obtaining County Court Judgements

The CSTA will continue, to offer our existing services, including “Accredited Member Status” and CSC Awareness Courses for Traders.


CSTA – Container Self-Storage Technical Bulletins

The CSTA regularly publishes Technical Bulletins and Guideline Documents for its Members

Setting up a Container Self-Storage Operation

Self-storage is a fast-growing market and CSTA members are available to provide guidance to new members and supply the required quality container.

View on the Self Storage Technical documents page

Condensation – looking after your self- storage contents

A container, like other industrial buildings, is vulnerable to condensation - typically forming on the roof, under certain atmospheric conditions.  Condensation is an atmospheric condition caused by the difference in internal and external temperatures which together with humidity levels reach a “dew-point” and form condensation droplets. Depending upon weather conditions, condensation is mostly visible on the roof and the top part of the walls

Condensation can be controlled by ventilation and especially by not storing wet goods in the container. View on the Self Storage Technical documents page

Container Doors: Key Factors “Unlocked”

A customer’s first point of contact with their newly rented self-storage container is the door. This CSTA Technical Bulletin gives guidelines to ensure that the doors of the container are in good working order.

View on the Self Storage Technical documents page

Fly-Tipping: what can be done?

Fly-tipping – that is to say, the illegal dumping of waste -  is a serious issue facing the container selfstorage industry. Read the CSTA Fly-tipping Guidelines HERE