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Side Opening Shipping Containers

Side opening shipping containers open along their longest side, as opposed to standard containers which open at the end. This makes it easier to load large items, display products, or conduct services.

Explore our variety of side opening shipping containers, which come in a range of sizes. With nationwide shipping and over 40 years’ of service, we’re here to help you find the shipping container solution you need.

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Side Opening Container Sizes

Our side opening container units have a wide access point on the longer side panel, consisting of full concertina cargo door, in addition to the standard doors on the shorter side of the unit. Our side opening containers are available in the following sizes:

  • 20ft Containers
  • 40ft Containers
  • 40ft High Cube Containers

Please note: Side opening doors are heavier than standard cargo doors, so the roof and floor of containers are reinforced to create a robust container. This means there can be a loss of internal height in the container.

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Why Choose A Side Opening Shipping Container?

Side opening shipping containers are specialised units that feature side-opening cargo doors on the longest side of the container, which offers versatility that can benefit many different uses and projects:

  • Wider access point to allow more room to manoeuvre large items
  • Easier access for forklifts to load and unload pallets
  • Suited for display purposes

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Converting Side Opening Shipping Containers

Side opening shipping containers offer can be easily customised to suit your needs. Some common uses for side opening shipping containers include:

  • Exhibition stands
  • Performance venues
  • Ticket kiosks
  • Pop-up bars or retail outlets
  • Divided into office spaces

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Buying Side Opening Shipping Containers from S Jones

Our team is here to help you find the perfect solution for your shipping container and storage needs. We have over 40 years’ experience providing you with:

  • Nationwide delivery: Our experienced crane-equipped haulier team will ship and set up your unit
  • Competitive prices: Find great value and competitive prices on side opening containers
  • Finance options available – to make buying your shipping containers easier
  • Depots Across the UK: We have stock at facilities throughout the country
  • Recommended by 98% of customers: Our customers rely on us to deliver quality containers and great service

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Side Opening Shipping Container FAQs

What are side opening shipping containers?

Side opening shipping containers are also referred to as side access containers or full-side access containers. As you’d expect, they have doors that open on the longest side, as well as the end. This makes it easy to access to the full length of the container from the side, as well as use the traditional end-opening doors when needed.

How do side opening containers differ from standard shipping containers?

The main difference between side opening containers and standard shipping containers is the placement of the main doors along the longest side of the container.  Because these side opening doors are heavier than standard doors, the roof and floor of containers must be reinforced to ensure the container is secure and stable. Due to this additional reinforcement, there can be a loss of height within the container.

Are side opening containers available in high cube versions?

Yes, we offer side opening containers are available in 40ft high cube dimensions. Our high cube side opening shipping containers offer the additional 12 inch height of a high cube container, which allows for an even greater storage area.

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Need help deciding which container is best for your requirements? Get in contact with our helpful team, they will be happy to assist.
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Your Guide to Buying Shipping Containers

Have more questions about shipping containers? Check out our shipping container guide, which will give you a comprehensive overview of:

  • Types of containers
  • Container security and locking systems
  • Shipping container delivery
  • Care and maintenance

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What Our Customers Say

17th May 2024

Nice easy process and very competitive price.
Great to deal with throughout to delivery.

Thank you.

16th May 2024

good customer service with flow up calls

3rd May 2024

Excellent service from start to finish, requested a modified 20ft container with man door @ opposite end from double doors and the workmanship was excellent.

3rd May 2024

Elisha has been very helpful in my purchases of containers from s Jones. Will continue to buy from s jones

23rd Apr 2024

Excellent service very friendly service

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