We deliver from several container depots spread across the country, the price we offer following your enquiry will include delivery. Containers can also be collected from several of our UK depot locations, so if you would prefer to collect your own container or arrange your own delivery, please let us know during your initial enquiry. Every new container we sell is thoroughly checked to ensure it is in great condition.

New 20ft Shipping Containers for Sale

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20ft New One Trip Shipping Container - RAL6007 - Green
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Important features of our New 20ft Containers
20ft Shipping Container Features
20 FT Long, 8 FT Wide, 8.5 FT High (external dimension) Guaranteed Wind and Watertight
Construction Material Constructed from High-Quality cor-ten steel Sold in New 'One-Trip' Condition NewCondition
Delivery Location Available for Delivery throughout the UK Collection Location Available for Collection from several UK depots
Security Features Fitted with a secure padlock lock-box as standard Other Services Bespoke conversion work available upon request
Internal Flooring Material 27mm internal hardwood flooring Item Colour External colour may vary

This short video takes a look aroud and inside a new 20ft 'one-trip' Shipping Container, these units are always in-stock and ready for delivery to customers anywhere in the UK.

20ft Shipping Container Information

If you're looking for a new 20ft container for sale in the UK - you've come to the right place. New 20ft Containers are one of our most popular products, so we always have new units in stock; available for immediate delivery.

Our twenty foot 'new build' shipping containers are typically less than six months old when sold, they have been used for one cargo transport into the United Kingdom depot.

New Container Construction

All new 20ft containers are manufactured in the far-east, they then have one clean cargo trip over to the UK before being sold on the UK container market. This one journey explains the term 'one-trip' which is often used to describe new condition containers.

New containers are constructed using high-quality cor-ten steel which is designed to stand up to the harsh rigours of sea conditions, they are painted in one of the standard shipping line colours, usually blue or green.

Containers are built to operate for many years on container ships, used to deliver goods internationally from one port to another. Due to this harsh marine environment, they are manufactured to a high standard, they use good quality materials to ensure the box remains fully wind and watertight, and protect their cargo.

Cor-ten steel is a steel alloy originally developed to not require painting; 'cor' short for corrosion resistant and 'ten' short for tensile strength. For more info on corten steel check out this wikipedia article.

Internal flooring is typically formed from 27mm hardwood.

The external paint colour is usually green or blue, but this may vary. Depending on how you plan on using your container, i.e. if the colour is important to you, we can re-paint your container to a custom colour. Please specify your requirements when ordering, as this will incur an additional cost.

A recently purchased new 20ft container it should last for many years (20+) - see our care instructions for more information on caring for your new container.

If you require your new shipping container for transporting goods overseas, then a valid CSC certification will be needed. The initial CSC certification lasts for 5 years from the date of manufacture. This date is clearly stated on the CSC plate which is located on the double doors of the container. The CSC certification can be updated after this initial 5 year period.

20ft Container Security

All our new shipping containers are fitted with a lock box, this is a metal box that is welded onto the double doors to enclose a padlock, thus making the padlock more secure to damage/tampering.

We can also supply with a high-security padlock, or you can add one yourself if you prefer. Adding a secure padlock will turn the container into a cost effective secure storage space.

Container Delivery

Unless otherwise specified, your container will be delivered on a HIAB assisted vehicle, the driver will then lift the unit to ground where you need it.

Please be sure to provide our sales team with the correct delivery postcode - your delivery location will impact on the delivery cost and therefore the price we can offer. More information on our delivery process.

Bespoke 20ft Container Conversions

If you are looking to customise a standard new 20ft container, our team are also able to provide a container conversion service.

Shipping container conversions can vary from simple straight-forward alterations to very complex modifications. Common modifications include installing a side personnel door and windows, service hatches and ply-lining containers so that they can be used as a portable cabin, office or workshop facility.

Take a look at our previous conversions page to see what kind of conversions we have done before.

20 ft Container Sizes, Weights and Dimensions

The table below includes all common 20ft long shipping containers with information on sizes, weights and internal capacity.

Container Type Condition External Length External Width External Height Internal Length Internal Width Internal Height Weight* Cubic Capacity*
20FT Standard Height Container Used 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) 2170kg 1131ft3 (32.14m3)
20FT Standard Height Container New 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) 2170kg 1131ft3 (32.14m3)
20FT High Cube Container New 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 9FT 6inches (2.89m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 8FT 9inches (2.65m) 2320kg 1320ft3 (37.30m3)
20FT Open Top Container New & Used 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) *OT 2300kg *OT 1131ft3 (32.14m3) *OT
20FT Tunnel Container New & Used 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8Ft 6inches (2.59m) *TU 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) 2340kg  *TU 1131ft3 (32.14m3) *TU
20FT Side Opening Container New 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 6inches (2.3m) *SO 7FT 9inches (3.35m) 2360kg *SO 11ft3 (32.14m3) *SO
*OT - Open Top Container Internal Height, Weight and Cubic Capacity is affected by the removal of the solid roof
*TU - Tunnel Container Internal Length, Weight & Cubic Capacity is reduced by the 2nd set of container doors added to the end of the contiainer. 
*SO - Side Opening Container Internal Width, Weight and Cubic Capacity is reduced by the additional side doors added to the container.

Information is provided for guidance only, ContainerContainer do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damages resulting from use or interpretation of this information. Please contact us if you need exact measurements.

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Important Questions you should ask about New 20-ft Shipping Containers

What are the dimensions of 20-ft shipping container?

All shipping containers are a created at a 'standard' size (in order to stack them during shipping).

20 ft units externally measure: 20 foot (6.1 meters) long, 8 foot (2.44 meters) wide, and 8 foot 6 inches (2.59 meters) high.

The internal dimensions of the containers may vary slightly depending on the construction.

The sides of a container are corrugated to provide strength and rigidity. The depth of the corrugation is usually 1 inch (25mm), which means that 2 inches (50mm) is lost from the internal dimensions, giving an internal width of 7 feet 10 inches (2.38 meters).

The back (blank end) of the container is also corrugated and the doors are around 2 inches (50mm) thick meaning that approximately 3 inches (7.5cm) is lost from the length, giving an internal length of 19 feet 9 inches (6.02 meters).

The main reduction from external to internal dimensions is with height. The floor of a standard container has an underside clearance of approximately 6 inches (150mm) to allow transport via forklifts and the floor has a thickness of 27mm (1.1 inches). As the roof is corrugated, so another 1 inch (25mm) is lost resulting in an internal height of around 8 inches less than external – 7ft 10 inches (2.39 meters), though this can vary slightly depending on the flooring material used.

Through the door height is further reduced because of the steel top rail above the door which is a part of the structural integrity of the container, this is typically 4 inches (100mm) thus reducing the entrance height of a standard 20ft container to 7ft 6ins (2.28 meters), though this can vary slightly either way.

20ft External Dimensions Imperial Metric
Length 20 feet 6.1 meters
Width 8 feet 2.44 meters
Height 8 feet 6 inches 2.59 meters
20ft Internal Dimensions Imperial Metric
Length 19 feet 9 inches 6.02 meters
Width 7 feet 10 inches 2.38 meters
Height 7 feet 10 inches 2.39 meters

What is the internal capacity of a 20ft container?

The internal storage capacity of a 20 ft is approx 33.2 cubic meters or 1,170 cubic feet.

How much does a 20ft shipping container weigh?

There are three relevant weights relating to containers, the Tare Weight, the Gross Weight and the Payload (Net) Weight.

These are painted onto the outside of the container doors when it is in shipping service or before it has been repainted for another application.

The Container Tare Weight is the empty weight of the container without any cargo or contents.

The Container Gross Weight is the weight of the container plus the maximum payload it can hold i.e. the maximum total weight of the container.

The Payload (or Net Weight) is the weight of the cargo or contents that a container can hold.

Typical 20 foot Container Weights Imperial Metric
Max Gross Weight 67,200 lbs 30,480 kg*
Tare Weight 4,780 lbs 2,170 kg
Payload (Net) Weight 62,420 lbs 28,310 kg

*some 20ft units are constructed to a lower specification - these lower grade containers have a max gross weight of 24,000kg

Where are new 20-ft 'one-trip' containers manufactured?

New 20 foots are typically manufactured in China (and other countries in the far-east). As no shipping containers are manufactured in the UK, all 'new' containers sold in the UK have had one cargo, this explains the term 'one trip' often used when referring to new condition containers.

All new 20ft shipping containers are manufactured to meet ISO standards - guaranteeing they are cargo worthy.

New certified containers are fitted with CSC plates to show that they meet the ISO standards, CSC plates are valid for five years from the date of production.

The date each container was originally manufactured is clearly stated on the CSC plate, located on the double doors.

What are new containers made of?

20ft units are constructed using high quality weathering cor-ten steel. They are all manufactured to a high standard.

Cor-ten steel is a corrosion resistant weathering steel, used within many industries.

High quality rubber seals are used to prevent any wind or water ingress through the double-doors.

The internal flooring is typically formed from 27mm hardwood.

How long will a new shipping container last?

This will depend on how you use your container and the environment it's situated in.

A well cared for new unit should last for many years (20+) - see our care instructions for more information on caring for your container.

How will my NEW 20 foot container be delivered?

In order to offer the best possible price, we'll deliver your container from the nearest depot we can.

Your container will then typically be delivered on a HIAB Lorry. The lorry mounted craine will then be used to place your container on the pre-prepared location.

Please be sure to provide us with your delivery postcode as part of your initial enquiry so we can accurately estimate delivery costs.

Also let us know if there are any restrictions at your delivery location, such as walls, overhead cables, uneven ground etc. anything that may cause problems delivering your container.

2 x New 20ft Shipping Container Loading Video - Containers being loaded at our depot ready for delivery to a customer

Do I need to prepare the ground before my container is delivered?

Yes - Your container should to be placed on a flat level surface.

For uneven surfaces we recommend using paving slabs to create a level surface.

We recommend using paving slabs at the four corner castings of your container, so it sits on a solid level base.

An uneven surface can result in the container not sitting straight, this can mean the container doors may not fully open and can cause the container body to twist over time.

Please ensure the area is prepared before our delivery driver arrives on site.

Can I collect my new container?

Yes - please let us know if you are able to collect from one of our depots. Please note that prices do often vary from depot to depot so this could affect the price we are able to offer. If more than one depot is viable for your location, our sales team will discuss this with you to find the best solution.

How do I look after my new container?

Caring for a new container is mostly common sense, but there are a few things you can do to keep your box in a great condition.

Ensure the contents of your container are dry and moisture free before you put them inside - this will help reduce moisture build up inside your container.

Regularly check the double end door hinges and locking bars, apply oil to lubricate the hinges and locking bars to keep them moving freely.

Try to keep a little space free at the top of the unit and down the sides to allow the air to circulate. This helps heat to disperse and prevent moisture.

For more container care info check out our container care page.

Can I convert my new container?

Yes, new 20ft shipping containers are often converted for uses other than shipping and basic secure storage. Your new container will be in great condition for you to start the conversion. Take a look at our conversions page for some examples of our recent conversion projects.

We've seen all sorts of container conversions which started out life as a new container, anything from swimming pools, houses, offices, catering units, garages - the only real limitation is your budget and imagination.

If you have a conversion in mind - we'd love to complete the conversion work for you - get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Or, if you're a skilled metal worker or welder - we've seen some great conversions completed by our customers themselves.

If you have any other questions about 20ft containers, or shipping containers in general - please get in touch we'd love to help you find the right container.

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