All of our 40ft Used Shipping Containers are inspected when they arrive in the depot to ensure fully wind/ watertight and up to cargo worthy industry standard. Our used / second hand 40ft Containers will be inspected to ensure the double doors will be fully operational and door seals are fully intact to prevent any water ingress.

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Important Features of a Used 40ft Shipping Container
Shipping Container Features
40 FT Long, 8 FT Wide, 8.5 FT High (external) Guaranteed Wind and Watertight
Construction Material Constructed from High-Quality cor-ten steel Sold in Good Used Condition UsedCondition
Delivery Location Available for Delivery throughout the UK Collection Location Available for Collection from several UK depots
Other Services Bespoke conversion work available on request Internal Flooring Material 27mm internal hardwood flooring
Item Colour External colour may vary Typically 10 - 15 years old

Shipping Container Sizes

20ft and 40ft are industry standard shipping container sizes, both are widely used for overseas goods transportation. Due to their popularity for shipping; they are usually the most cost-effective options for the resale market - hence why they are our most requested sizes and biggest sellers. Used 40ft steel containers offer the best cost per square foot for storage - so are a great option for anyone with enough space!

At ContainerContainer we always have extensive stocks of used 40ft shipping containers throughout our UK depots - ready to be immediately delivered.

Uses for a 40 ft Container

40ft units have many uses, as with smaller sized containers they are ideal for on-site storage or goods transportation. 40ft's are also becoming increasingly popular as a base construction material in many construction projects - so if you're looking for a 40ft steel shipping container for a conversion project such as a home or swimming pool look no further.

40ft Shipping Container Construction

A used 40ft shipping container should last you 20 years plus, with a little maintenance. This is down to the exterior material; shipping containers are manufactured from a high-quality corten steel. Cor-ten steel is a heavy duty, weathering, corrosion resistant steel which is ideal to withstand the harsh rigours of sea conditions.

When we first receive a used/second-hand shipping container at one of our depots, they are inspected to ensure that they are fully wind and water tight; and are up to cargo worthy industry standard. The double doors will be inspected to make sure they are fully operational and that the seals that run around the double doors are fully intact to prevent any water ingress. The flooring of a shipping container is made from 27mm hardwood.

Our used 40ft shipping containers will be typically 10-15 years old from the date it was manufactured. They are usually used to transport cargo across seas for 10 years by leasing companies before being released for sale second hand.

Our 40ft used containers are usually picked from our depots on a “next from stack” basis, so the external colour will be a generic shipping line colour, which may vary.

If you require your used shipping container for shipping overseas, then we can update the details on the CSC plate.(Please advise us if this is a requirement when placing your order)

Specialist 40ft Container Options

We also supply 40ft used high cube shipping containers40ft new 'one trip' shipping containers40ft new 'one trip' high cube shipping containers, 40ft open top shipping containers, 40ft new 'one trip' tunnel shipping containers, 40ft new 'one trip' side opening shipping containers & 40ft flat-rack shipping containers – don't see what you want? Contact us on 0844 561 7975.

Shipping Container Delivery

Your 40ft used shipping container will be delivered on a HIAB assisted vehicle that will be delivered on the stated day that is agreed from the ordering process. We will lift the container to the ground, in a location that you need it. See our shipping container delivery page for more info.

(The delivery on the HIAB assisted vehicle is our usual method of delivery, if you have facilities to offload on site then let us know as there may be cheaper options)

Optional Extras for your 40ft Container

There are several optional extras available, please specify if you would like any when making your initial inquiry.

Lock-box Installation

To add to the security of your 40ft used container, it can be provided with a lock box (the lockbox is a steel box welded onto the double doors that will enclose a padlock which will result making the container less tamper-proof). We can also supply a high-security padlock to fit the lockbox (if required), but they will take most universal padlocks.

Internal Shelving

If you need your shipping container to have some internal shelving, for stock, archiving or storage purposes we can install this inside your container (depending on steel or wooden shelving the price can differ). We will work closely with you to ensure the shelving is what you are looking for and help create the container that you are looking for.


With a lot of enquiries, we receive people are looking to have electricity installed for various implements. We are able to do these forms of conversions in our standard containers; we have done a wide range of jobs for clients that have this check out the electricity installations conversion page.

We will install the electricity in the shipping container to your specification so what you are looking to do with the electricity let us know and we will work with you to install this to how you need it. We can put simple lighting, heating throughout, generator storage into the shipping container. We will work out the best price for this when we quote you.

Check out the Electricity modifications we have done before and if you cannot see what you are looking for, give us a call and we will see if we can.

  • If you are looking for a bespoke container we do build containers to your specification check out our Conversions Page to see what we have done before.

Anti-condensation / Absorpole

To battle against condensation in shipping containers we recommend the inclusion of Absorpole’s they are used to soak up excess moisture that could be inside your shipping container. For more serve cases we can use Grafotherm that lines the roof of your container.

Check out our container care page for all your need to care for your shipping container.

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