Making money investing in shipping containers??

Today I was doing some research into various investments, and came across one that made me do a double take – shipping containers!

Apparently you can invest in shipping containers and earn a fixed return of 12%.    Is it too good to be true?  Are people actually making money from this?  I decided to do some digging and find out more about this alternative investment.

How does investing in shipping containers work?

Basically you front up the capital to purchase a shipping container, and then this container is leased to shipping companies.  The entire process happens automatically by the shipping container investment company – meaning you don't need to buy the container yourself, just front up the cash.

The companies claim that the containers are covered by insurance if they get damaged or lost, but I have no way to verify this.

Is it all a scam?

It's really hard to tell.  I haven't been able to find any horror stories online, but that necessarily doesn't mean it is legit.   On the flip side, I also haven't been able to find anyone who hast posted online about their success investing in shipping containers.

Because you are buying a physical asset, the companies don't need to deal with the same type of regulation as other investment products.  This does mean there is potential for scammers to operate in this space.


  • You're not going to lose more than you put in
  • returns that are higher than term deposits


  • Unregulated.
  • Lack of proof that this actually works.

Although I love experimenting with different types of weird investments, I can't see myself putting down the money to buy a shipping container.   With no regulation and no proof that people are actually making money, i'm staying away.  If you have invested in containers, I'd love to hear how it's been performing for you.

If you're after more weird investments, check out this post with some of the other crazy ones I found.  If you're after an investment that actually works, then try the one I use – Copy Trading.


  1. Last year I have bought and lease three containers from Davenport Laroche (based in China) and have no problem with payments. Recently bought another two trough Dedaco Containers (based in UK). Both companies seams to be good for now. Only difference is that with Davenport I get paid every three months and with Dedaco Containers every month.

    If any change happen will inform you

    • Personally I haven’t chosen to invest in this – i’m still not sure about it. I might for the sake of research try it as an experiment this year and report back 🙂

    • Hi Rama,

      You can find both company on web. Davenport Laroche have few websites and Dedaco Containers one website
      For buying procedures you can contact them trough sites and they will assist you.
      I know that with Davenport Laroche they offer you leasing service and containers you buying from Manufacturer company in China.
      With Dedaco Containers they do everything for you, everything is included in service

  2. Hi, just saw this topic.
    I am from UK and have also invested with Dedaco Containers at beginning of December 2018.
    Just received my first payment

    • Hard to get money out. Lost few containers and I am now on low earnings from them. So many excuses and no support at all with problems

    • Sorry didn’t mention that problems are with Davenport who are sweat talking when they need to get your money. They call you all time , they offer a lot and when hard time comes there is no support.
      Dedaco is for now fine, they only deal with clients by emails not over the phone.
      Buying procedures for containers are same, only with Dedaco is less hassle.

      • That’s terrible. Thanks for letting the rest of us know. So is it almost a year you’ve had your containers with dedaco and no probs?

  3. We are stuck, we own a fleet of containers 40′, which are leased through Davenport Laroche in Hong Kong, they are not performing well at the moment, but Davenport seems not be able to find us a buyer, we would like to sell them but they are still under a contract with no earnings

    • We also lost all our earning with Davenport. They said that containers not doing well which is surprisingly as they have contract them new on 5 years lease. 7-8 months no problem and now they not perform well. We are now on 1% earning. They do not answer to my emails and phone calls.

  4. Davenport guide us to buy trade containers and after few months have lost our containers. They said that containers end up in war zone and only way to get containers out is to invest more money in them. Davenport container didn’t reply to any our emails regarding those containers after we denied to invest more money. Davenport is scam company and they only rip our money. Will not invest in that company single cent as there is no return invested money.

  5. Thank you very much regarding container issues, especially Davenport Laroche.
    Will it be fair to invest with Dedaco. Please do advise!
    Once again thank you.

  6. I had the same problem with Davenport. first, all was Ok, then % dropped dramatically. Now is below 1%…Also because everything was going well, I received some offers to buy some containers and made a trade with them.. shipping them from South America to china…pay 2000 get 3400 once they arrive. they ended up in Yemen…War zone, nothing to do about it apparently. only to exchange them for another location but investing more money…so. I decided not to …don’t know what is going to happen now. So do not buy containers…

  7. Hi Rob, what sort of returns are you getting? are they even? are there any issues? How many containers you’ve bought? Thanks for the reply!

    • Hi, have 3 of 40″ containers getting 12% P.A. all good and doing well.
      Think to expanding to another 5 to earn more.

  8. Hi Everyone, I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews for Davenport, but not seen anything bad about Dedaco? Has anyone had a bad experience with Dedaco? If so, would you recommend anyone else?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

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