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About Shipping Containers

Shipping containers, whilst appearing to just be a hunk of steel on the outside, are actually one of the world's most versatile storage solutions. They're used for freight to cross the seas day in and day out, but many people don't realize that you can actually buy them (very easily) from the internet for your own personal use.

Shipping containers are are made initially to be incredibly secure- i.e., let in no water, wind, residue, damp, etc. They are probably the sturdiest non-built storage option out there. You're probably familiar with shipping containers given that they're highly visible- they make up a large majority of all overseas trade, and are traditionally stacked in shipping ports.

In this context, shipping containers give away their primary function in their name- they ship things! They're the favorite choice for businesses that need to transport cargo internationally for trade. That's largely down to their sturdiness and reliability, as well as the fact it's much cheaper to ship cargo this way than to send it via air travel.

In the cargo shipping industry, they're often referred to by a multitude of different names. 'Conex box', 'ISO box', 'ship container'- the list goes on. Each of these terms is completely fine to use as they are all interchangeable.

The only difference between shipping containers that are used for cargo shipping and those that are used as storage solutions on-land is that cargo containers must adhere to a set of standards outlined by the International Organization for Standardization regarding their size and stability. They must receive a certificate that rules them as cargo worthy in order to legally be used as cargo shipping containers.

Many of the shipping containers you see being used as storage on land are often second-hand containers that were formerly used for shipping cargo, but are no longer suitable for traveling across the seas. In this sense, their condition is usually slightly worse than those containers in shipping jobs, but they're still in a good enough condition to be used for storage or other on-land purposes.


Shipping Container units are highly versatile. Applications include temporary storage, moving, renovations, business storage, outdoor recreation, mobile offices, and much more. 


How do I buy a Shipping Container?

Simple, go to and scroll down to type your zip code. Once done, choose the container you want and then add it to your cart.

When finished, go to your cart page and you’ll have an option to pay by card or check/ACH. Follow the steps in the checkout and you’ll have your order placed in no time.

Learn how to buy a shipping container online here.

What are the different types/grades of Shipping Containers?

Wind and Water Tight (WWT): Shipping containers that can no longer be certified to ship cargo on trains and ships. 
Cargo Worthy (CW): Shipping containers that are guaranteed to pass a Marine Survey to be re-certified to be loaded back on a ship or train. 
New/1 Trip: New shipping containers that have only been loaded one time from the manufacturer.

Can I look at the Shipping Container before I buy it?

No, unfortunately you cannot. Container depots are busy commercial operations and their insurance company will not allow the general public to visit their yard for safety purposes.

Do you offer volume discounts to resellers?

We offer a wholesale price to everyone who buys 3+ containers per transaction.

Do you sell refrigerated or insulated units?

Yes, we do. Call 866-210-8093 or email us at for pricing as it varies by current market and availability.

Do you sell 53' Shipping Containers?

Yes, but due to the length and height of these containers you will have to assist in unloading the trailer. In most cases you will need a forklift or a crane that can lift 12,000 lbs. Please get in contact with us so we can check availability in your area. 

Why do 20' Shipping Containers cost more than 40' sometimes?

The cost is dependent on the current supply and demand of the container market. 20’ containers are less common, which means 40’ containers will be cheaper due to available inventory.

How are Shipping Containers delivered to me?

Roll Off: The shipping container will arrive on a trailer that will tilt back and place the edge of the container on the ground. The trailer will pull away and allow the container to slide, or roll, off onto the ground.
Customer Assist: This requires the customer to have an anchor point on the delivery site. A chain can be attached to the shipping container and then attached to the anchor point. The trailer will then pull away and the container will slide onto the ground. Click here for more container delivery options and information.

How should I prepare the site for delivery?

You want to ensure that you are placing the container on flat and level ground. You can make a gravel or concrete foundation or even just put it in your yard when it arrives without preparation. You will need 120' of space in a straight line for a container to be delivered via a roll-off bed.

Are roll-up doors wind and water tight?

Roll-up doors are wind and water tight if they are installed correctly.

How many roll-up doors can be added to a container?

This can depend on your container and the sizing of any roll-up doors and windows. Typically, roll-up doors can be added to either sides.

Please keep in mind that there are structural limitations on door placement without further reinforcement, and different door models may have different clearance needs. We will gladly help look into any specific solutions you are trying to figure out if you need further help.

Purchase shipping container roll-up doors here.

What if I have a question that wasn't answered in the FAQ? 

For all FAQ's about Shipping Containers please visit [link]. 

If you have more questions please fill out our contact form so we can walk through options together! If our FAQs haven't helped with what you are looking for, we’ll be happy to sort it out with you.

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Shipping Container Dimensions

A typical ISO shipping container is made from Cor-ten steel also known as “weathering steel”. Cor-ten steel is a corrosion resistant steel that is used within many industries where exposed steel is in harsh conditions.

  1. Steel corrugated sheet sidewalls, roof, and back panel
  2. Purin reinforced 1-⅛” Marine Plywood Floors
  3. All-welded-steel, continuously
  4. Floor structure is 6” steel cross members

Shipping containers come in many different sizes, and these often depend on the container type. At Container One, we only sell three sizes of container: 10 foot, 20 ft, and 40 ft. 'Foot' refers to the length of the container.

20 ft Standard Dry (8'6" x 8' x 20')

Weight: 4500lbs

Max Gross Weight: 66,139lbs

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 19′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8-⅛”

Height: 7′ 9-⅝”

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8-½”

Height: 7’ 5-¾”


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40 ft Standard Dry (8'6" x 8' x 40')

Weight: 8500lbs

Max Gross Weight: 66,139lbs

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 39′ ⅜”

Width: 7′ 8-⅛”

Height: 7′ 9-⅝”

Door Opening:Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8-½”

Height: 7’ 5-¾”


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40 ft High Cube (9'6" x 8' x 40')

Weight: 8750 lbs

Max Gross Weight: 68,008lb

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 39′ 4”

Width: 7′ 7”

Height: 8′ 9″

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8″‘

Height: 8’ 5”


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53 ft High Cube (9'6" x 8'6" x 53')

Weight: 12,500 lbs

Max Gross Weight: 67,200lb

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 52′ 6″

Width: 8' 2”

Height: 8′ 11”

Door Opening:

Width: 8’ 2”

Height: 8’ 10”


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Looking for a garden shed but just can't quite get something big enough within your budget? Or are you someone with a lot of cars or bikes that need more space for storage than the average home garage? The humble shipping container could be the answer to your prayers.

In recent years, due to the increasing amount of used shipping containers that are now being sold online due to their not being fit for cargo anymore, there has been a huge rise in the number of people purchasing shipping containers for personal home storage solutions.

Buying a shipping container for this purpose has many benefits. It's cheaper than investing in a garage extension, and 9 times out of 10, they're bigger than any garden shed you could buy. Even if they're no longer worthy as a cargo container for shipping, they're still incredibly protective against the elements, and are always wind and water tight. That means you can rest assured knowing that your possessions are safe and sound in a shipping container.

Purchasing a shipping container for home storage purposes is also, oftentimes, much easier in trying to gain planning/property permission than it is to build an extension on a home or garage. Doing so usually takes a lot of time and effort- a shipping container is a quick and easy fix to this arduous wait.


Many businesses have taken to using shipping containers in a variety of ways in the past few years. Not only is the concept of the shipping container office really taking off, but businesses are also starting to realize that shipping containers offer a fantastic storage solution for them.

Similarly to using a shipping container for home storage, ship containers provide storage for businesses who don't want, or can't afford, to fork out for the building or rental of traditional business storage such as warehouses. It allows businesses to start out small with their storage and get bigger over time as their business grows; the bigger your business grows, the more storage you need, and you can simply add more shipping containers to your inventory.

In terms of commercial purposes for shipping containers beyond storage, many businesses have now begun operating out of the containers themselves. They can easily be renovated into offices, food trucks, venues- you name it, and we'll bet there's a commercial shipping container structure out there operating as one!


Given the wind and water tight nature of shipping containers, they're perfect for growing food in. Many people have taken to growing hydroponics in shipping containers, particularly in harsh climates where growing crops is traditionally hard.

This opens up a fantastic avenue for those looking to grow food for commercial purposes, such as restaurant owners, but who are perhaps located in the inner cities or suburbs where there are no green spaces to grow food. It also offers a whole new opportunity in the community gardening field, as efforts could be far more successful in a space where the plants are not affected by the cold or windy climate.

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