Piracy can be very profitable in Starfield, as smuggled items are often sold at high prices and you can get a lot of credits very quickly. However, the downside to smuggling is that transporting contraband to sell is illegal, and if factions like UC Vanguard or the Freestar Collective discover any on your ship, they will try to confiscate it and detain you. To get out of this situation, you’ll either need to pay a hefty fine, serve time in jail, or try to fight back against overwhelming odds. None of these things are perfect, and two of them can result in you losing the items you were trying to sell.

However, with protected cargo holds, you can often slip your contraband items past ship checks and escape with impunity. Unfortunately, Starfield never explains where you can get these items and add them to your ship, but don’t worry – we’re here to help you with a complete guide on everything you need to know about them. Below, we’ve explained where you can get protected cargo holds, as well as how they work and how you can improve their effectiveness.

Starfield: How to get a protected freight store

Here you will find the Porrima system. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Because protected cargo spaces make it very difficult for authorities like UC Vanguard and the Freestar Collective to detect illegal contraband on your ship, you won’t find any ship service technicians selling it on any of the worlds they control. Instead, you’ll need to purchase one at a location neither faction controls: the Red Mile.

to reach the red mile, You will first need to travel to the Purima systemwhich is located to the northeast of the Foley System. Once you’re there, head to Porrima III, and choose to land in the Red Mile area on your Planet Map screen.

The Red Mile is located right next to the landing pad. You can’t miss it. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Once you touch the ground, Head to the front airlock on the Red Mile and enter the room immediately to your right. There, you will find a character named Andersen color. He’s the Red Mile Ship Service Technician, and When you talk to him, you will find an option to modify your ship. Select it, enter Ship Builder, and select the “Add” prompt.

Lon Anderssen has a small variety of protected cargo holds for sale. (Image credit: Windows Central)

In the upper right, you’ll find several tabs for the ship units he sells that you can add to your ship. Scroll to the Cargo tab, and find Ballast or V101 Shielded Cargo Hold units. You can buy these items for a few thousand credits, while the more expensive ones give you more protected storage space. Once purchased, you can install them on your ship using mounts.

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