New 20ft Container Features
- 20 FT Long, 8 FT Wide, 8.5 FT High (external dimension)
- Guaranteed Wind and Watertight
- Constructed from High-Quality cor-ten steel
- Sold in New 'One-Trip' Condition
- Available for Delivery throughout the UK
- Available for Collection from several UK depots
- Fitted with a secure padlock lock-box as standard
- Bespoke conversion work available upon request
- 27mm internal hardwood flooring
- External colour may vary
Key Information for New 20ft Containers
All 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6 inch new ‘one-trip’ containers are manufactured in China; they then have one cargo trip over to the UK before being re-sold. This explains the term ‘one-trip’ which is often used to describe ‘new’ condition containers.
Unless otherwise stated all standard 20ft containers are 20ft long, 8ft wide and 8ft 6inches tall externally.
Our 20ft One Trip Shipping Containers are typically less than 6 months old when re-sold, they have only been used once. These units are also referred to as ’20ft One Trip Shipping Containers’ or ’20ft New Containers’.
If they’re not resold as new one trip shipping containers these units are expected to operate for several years on shipping lines, used to deliver goods internationally. Due to this harsh sea environment, they are manufactured to a high standard, using good quality materials to ensure they are 100% wind and watertight, and protect their cargo.
If you require your new shipping container for transporting goods overseas, 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 unit. The CSC certification can be updated after this initial 5-year period.
20ft Container Construction
New units 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 several standard shipping line colours.
Cor-ten steel is a steel alloy originally developed to not require painting; ’cor‘ a shortened way of writing corrosion resistant and ‘ten’ short for tensile strength. For more information on corten steel check out this wikipedia article.
Internal flooring formed from 27mm hardwood.
The external paint colour is usually green or blue, but this may vary.
20ft Shipping Container Dimensions
(Height Width Length)
6058mm x 2438mm x 2591mm
(Height Width Length)
5898mm x 2344mm x 2376mm
Door Clearance Dimensions
2310mm x 2280mm
New 20ft Container Security
All our 20ft ‘One Trip’ Shipping Containers are fitted with a high security lock box on the double doors as standard (a metal box is welded onto the double doors to enclose a padlock, thus making it less tamper proof). Also, you can fit additional locks to the container, through the locking bars for extra security.
Our containers can also be supplied with a high-security padlock – see our accessories range here – or you can add one yourself if you prefer.
Shipping Container Delivery
Unless otherwise specified, we will deliver your container on a HIAB assisted vehicle (we will lift the box to ground where you need it). Please provide our sales team with your exact delivery postcode on the enquiry form below – your delivery location will impact the delivery cost.
Important questions you should ask about New ‘One Trip’ Shipping Containers
What are the dimensions of a 20ft 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 in nearly all cases, corrugated. The depth of the corrugation is usually 1 inch (25mm), which means that 2 inches (50mm) is lost from the external width dimension, 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 (75mm) 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) and the floor has a thickness of 27mm (1.1 inches). As the roof is corrugated another 1 inch (25mm) is lost resulting in an internal dimension of around 8 inches less than external – 7ft 10 inches (2.39 meters), though this can vary slightly depending on the flooring material used.
Though 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 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
(Length Width Height)
20' x 8' x 8'6" (Imperial)
6.1m x 2.44m x 2.59m (Metric)
20ft Internal Dimensions
(Length Width Height)
19'9" x 7'10" x 7'10" (Imperial)
6.02m x 2.38m x 2.39m (Metric)
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 weight of the container without 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.
Where are new 20ft ‘one trip’ containers manufactured?
Our New 20 foots are typically manufactured in China, they have one cargo over to the UK before being sold on from various ports/container depots. As no shipping containers are produced in the UK, 'new' containers have always had one cargo trip into the UK, 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 which is designed to stand up to the harsh rigours of sea conditions. Due to the harsh environment they are all manufactured to a high standard and are both wind and watertight to protect their cargo.
Cor-ten steel is a corrosion resistant weathering steel, used within many industries.
High quality rubber seals are used to prevent 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 on our FAQs page for more information on caring for your container.
How will my 20 foot container be delivered?
In order to offer the best possible price, we'll source your container from the depot offering the best price.
Your container will then typically be delivered from the depot on a HIAB Lorry. The lorry mounted crane will then be used to place your container on the pre-prepared location.
Please ensure you have prepared the ground prior to your container being delivered.
Please be sure to provide us with your delivery postcode as part of your initial enquiry so we can accurately estimate delivery costs.
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 the surface.
We recommend using paving slabs to allow the four corner castings of your container to sit 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.
The area for your shipping container will need to be prepared before our delivery driver arrives on site.
With our delivery drivers using a HIAB lorry, please check for any overhead cables as this can mean that the HIAB cannot extend its lifting arm out to lift the container to the ground.
If you are unsure if the HIAB lorry will have sufficient space to unload your container - please make us aware of any restrictions before placing your order.
Can I collect my container?
Yes - please let us know if you are able to collect from one of our depots. Please note that unit prices do often vary from depot to depot so this could affect the price we are able to offer.
How do I look after my container?
Caring for a container is mostly common sense, but there are a few things you can do to keep your box in a good 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.
Can I convert my container?
Yes - 20ft shipping containers are often converted for uses other than shipping and basic secure storage. Take a look at our conversions page for some examples of our recent conversion projects.
If you have a conversion in mind - we'd love to complete the conversion work for you - get in touch to discuss your requirements.