We are CARU Containers

We are CARU Containers. We trade and rent out new and used shipping containers across the globe, operating from offices in 10 countries.

CARU Containers was founded in the year 2000, by our co-founders Rob Tromp, our present CEO, and Paul Ockers they aimed to make container trading more professional and human.

At CARU, we love containers because they’re an unpretentious product. They do what they do, and they’re pretty good at it. And because of their simplicity, the possibilities are endless. In our view is the container the invention from the 20th Century.

We, at CARU, relate to containers, as we are constantly on the move. Exploring other countries, new ways of trading, and new digital technologies.

We aim to make buying and leasing containers a pleasure. Simple, human, transparent, and fun. And it seems this approach is working: we have grown to be one of the largest traders of containers in the world.

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CARU Containers celebrates its 20 years existence this year. CARU is, just like a container, always on the move. See below the most important milestones in the history of CARU.


Founding of CARU Containers B.V. and container depot Rotterdam.


Acquisition of CARU Praha s.r.o. (Czech Republic).


Founding of CARU Containers BVBA (Belgium & France).


Acquisition of CARU Containers GmbH. (Germany).


Founding of CARU Containers Inc. (Boston, USA).


Acquisition of Containerhandel IG. Goteborg (Sweden).


Joint venture with West Gulf Containers (Houston, USA) renamed CARU Containers West Gulf


Investment in Holland Container Innovations. (The Netherlands)


Launch experiment zeecontainer.nl, first 100% automated container web shop in the Benelux.


Founding of CARU Containers Ltda. (Brasil)

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