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40ft Containers for Sale

Looking to send large shipments or need substantial storage space, our 40ft shipping containers are the largest standard size available.

Fit for the same purposes as smaller models without compromising on space, these units offer excellent value.

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Low Cost, Competitive Prices

We sell and rent new and great quality second hand units ideal for shipping, providing secure storage, and as a basis for large conversion projects.

Our expert advisers are on hand to support you in choosing the right unit for your requirements.

Our full range of 40ft containers for sale are suitable for a range of applications, and available for nationwide delivery. These are all structurally sound, with working doors and heavy-duty flooring.

We also stock 40ft high cube alternatives, which are available here. For full specifications, including external dimensions, internal dimensions and cubic capacity, please see below.

Other Options

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  • Floor Area: 51 sq ft (4.78m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 348 cu ft (9.28m³)
  • Weight: 1 ton (1.02 tonnes)
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  • Floor Area: 72sqft (6.69m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 560 cu ft (15.89m³)
  • Weight: 1.5 tons (1.52 tonnes)
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10ft High Cube

  • Floor Area: 72sqft (6.69m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 630cu ft (17.84m³)
  • Weight: 1.5 tons (1.52 tonnes)
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  • Floor Area: 150sqft (13.93m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 1160 cu ft (32.85m³)
  • Weight:  2.4 tons (2.4 tonnes)
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20ft High Cube

  • Floor Area: 150sqft (13.93m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 1310cu ft (37.09m³)
  • Weight: 2.4 tons (2.4 tonnes)
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  • Floor Area: 305sqft (28.33m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 2360 cu ft (66.83m³)
  • Weight: 4 tons (4.06 tonnes)
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40ft High Cube

  • Floor Area: 305sqft (28.33m²)
  • Cubic Capacity: 2660cu ft (75.32m3)
  • Weight: 4 tons (4.06 tonnes)
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Cargo door at one end.

This is the familiar double door configuration with both opening from the middle.

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Cargo doors at both ends.

Sometimes you need access from both ends. This can either be a single/personnel, double (cargo), or combination.

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Side Opener

Opening on their longest side.

Side openings allow easier loading of large items and are best suited to site storage of bulky items, for exhibiting or use as a stall.


Protect your padlock with our patented Contain-A-Lock’® Padlock Protector Shroud.

CISA Locks

Enhance your security with our CISA padlocks.


Enhance with tamper proof, high security windows fitted prior to spec before delivery.

Personnel Doors

Make access more convenient with high security personnel doors.


Compartmentalise with varied partition options for multiple uses.

Professional Painting

Flexible options, professional finish, long lasting and durable.


Add louvres, moisture traps or anti condensation coating (Grafotherm).


We can clad to your specification.


Self assembly or built-in options.


Improve accessibility with duruable, heavy duty ramps.

Timber Panel Lined

Helps to prevent condensation.

Electrics with Single Phase

Basic small power, single pahse electronics typically includes external connection, RCD board, light(s) etc to meet your requirements.

Electrics 3 Phase Options

Provide your power requirements and we will spec to suit.

Things To Know:

Heavy‐duty flooring combined with a 40ft load capacity of up to 66 cubic meters.

Get the most from your storage unit with a range of additional container accessories that improve; security, access, storage capacity, condensation control and increase wind and watertight properties.

We can supply large quantities of units for self‐storage sites nationwide.

40ft Shipping Container Features:

  • Welded all‐steel construction except for the floors which are made of load‐bearing 30mm marine‐plywood over steel floor bearers.
  • Two weather‐sealed steel doors at one end.
  • Freestanding, self‐contained units.
  • Lifting points at each corner

Why Buy From Us?

  • We are based in the West Midlands, with storage depots available nationwide.
  • All new 40ft shipping containers are supplied with a valid CSC plate. This means they are valid for shipping for up to 5 years.*
  • Constructed to the standards set by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) of size, strength and durability.
  • The largest standard unit available, weatherproof, wind and watertight, and highly secure.

*Please note that second‐hand units may require inspection and re‐certification to renew the CSC plate for shipping.

Conversion Opportunities

  • Our 40ft shipping containers can be adapted and converted for various applications.
  • We can design and modify your purchase into; industrial enclosures, refrigerated units, insulated units, modular buildings, offices, exhibition displays, housing, changing rooms and more.
  • We also offer a large range of accessories such as lockboxes, shelving systems and padlocks to ensure that your storage is safe and secure at all times.
  • Find out more about our conversions and painting ‐ including our 3D Computer Aided Design service.

40ft Container Specifications

Note – all given dimensions are approximate:

General Specifications

Floor Area 305sqft (28.33m²)
Cubic Capacity 2360 cu ft (66.83m³)
Weight 4 tons (4.06 tonnes)

External Dimensions

Length 40ft (12.19m)
Width 8ft (2.44m)
Height 8ft 6ins (2.59m)

Internal Dimensions

Length 39ft 4ins (12.00m)
Width 7ft 7ins (2.33m)
Height 7ft 9ins (2.35m)
Andrews Recommendations

Andrew’s Recommendations

40ft shipping containers are a looooong tube (not quite 12m).  You only want to use a 40ft container if you don’t need to get at things in the far end before the items at the doors end.  The reason is that you lose a lot of your space with a corridor to get from one end to the other.

Therefore, 40ft shipping containers are generally preferred for large volume stock-holding, possibly palletised, that is moved in bulk.  For extra cubic capacity ‘high cube’ versions are widely available that give you an extra 300mm (1 foot) of height.  Ask our sales people to go through the difference and benefits when you speak to them.

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Detailed specifications on our 40ft units.


Buyer’s Guide

Everything you need to make an informed decision when buying from us.



What fits in a 40ft container?

Our 40ft shipping units are 39ft 4” long x 7ft 7” wide x 7ft 9” high and   can hold the household goods of a 3-bedroom house or apartment. This includes the contents of rooms, as well as larger appliances. Bath fixtures, washing machines, a piano, extra mattresses and more all fit comfortably in the 305 square feet of storage space available.

How much space do I need for a 40ft container delivery?

You will require a minimum width of 15ft to access the site and approx. 24ft for offloading (plus the width of the unit). Our 40ft containers are offloaded to the side of the vehicle. It’s important that we have considered the amount of space you need for delivery and our friendly hire team can assist with this.  If you can provide any relevant photos, videos and dimensions and we will be happy to devise a delivery plan.  Please contact us on 0808 115 3710

How much does a 40ft container weigh?

The empty weight of a 40ft container is 4 tons.

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Reviews Of Our 40ft Containers For Sale 5/5 from 4 Reviews

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Marie – Review
4th Feb 2020

Extremely happy with the service we received dealt with quickly and efficiently would definitely recommend

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Ady – Review
7th Nov 2018

will solve our storage problem

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Daniel D – Review
3rd Mar 2015

Best prices offered in local area and good service and prompt delivery

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Adrian L – Review
19th Jan 2015

All sorted with a minimum fuss and successfully delivered whilst I was out of the country!

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