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20ft Shipping Containers

20ft Shipping Container Prices

Shipping containers come in various sizes that securely fit and handle any quantity of goods for transport. The 20ft container is the most common standard container and is in high demand in the UK.

Whether or not the 20ft container is the most appropriate for your business will depend on a number of factors. How large the items are that you mean to transport will be a factor, as well as the volume of items that you need to transport. To ensure that your business makes the right choice from the start, it is important to research properly - based on the dimension and cost guides included in this page - what kind of requirements you will have.

To find out if a 20ft shipping container is likely to be the best choice for your business, simply continue reading the content on this page. If you want to start comparing prices and options straight away however, simply complete the form at the top of the page.

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20 foot Shipping Container Dimensions

A 20 foot shipping container can be a perfect choice for businesses looking to ship items in volume. This size is one of the most popular and, as with other options, can be purchased, leased or rented to fit a range of purposes.

This table contains information that outlines the capacity, size and weight constraints that come with this size container.

ExternalInternalDoor OpeningTax WeightMax Gross WeightCubic Capacity
19ft 10in by 8ft19ft 4in by 7ft 8in7ft 6 in by 7ft 6in2,230kg30,480kg33.1 cubic metres

The 20 foot shipping container can be built to order so as to ensure the correct material and safety standards. Generally, this is the best and most popular choice for businesses hoping to ship or store in larger volumes. And because bespoke construction is available, you can match the container to whatever purpose you have in mind - whether you need it to refrigerated, for example, or clad to be resistant to the weather.

20ft Shipping Container Prices

As with most other business purchases, buying a new container will be the most expensive option. However, there are some clear benefits when it comes to buying a container that’s never been used before. Indeed, if you have the budget for it, then a brand new container is definitely the most sensible choice.

For those businesses whose budgets will not stretch far enough for a brand new container though, there are other choice. The table below includes a comparison of the options, with rough prices included.

Container SizeNew?FeaturesCost
20ft ContainerBrand NewSide Access£3000-£4000
20ft ContainerBrand NewNo Extras£2000-£3000
20ft ContainerOne TripSide Access£2500-£3500
20ft ContainerOne TripNo Extras£1500-£2500
20ft ContainerUsed (Less than 10 Years Old)Side Access£2000-£3000
20ft ContainerUsed (Less than 10 Years Old)No Extras£1000-£1500
20ft ContainerHireDepends on lease£7-£15 weekly

The prices in the table above have been pulled together using the average supplier charges - as such, you may not find that your own quote exactly matches the prices listed here. However, in most cases, this table should provide a reasonable cost estimate.

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New, Used or One-Trip 20ft Containers

New, Used or One-Trip 20ft Containers

As mentioned already, a brand new container is likely to be the most durable and long-lasting option for those businesses that can afford it. However if that is not the case, then the options below could be worth looking into.

Indeed, many businesses will be able to purchase a used or one-trip container that will last them years.

Used 20ft Shipping Containers

As shown in the table above, if you choose a slightly older container, you will pay less.

Of course, this cost might also decrease further in some cases. The age of the container, for example, as well as any physical damage to it, will factor in the price.

If you are purchasing the container simply for storage purposes and do not intend to use it for transport, then you may able to purchase a container for an even lower price than those listed here - although, it is important to remember that the integrity of these cheapest options will likely make it unusable for anything but secure-storage.

One-Trip 20ft Shipping Containers

As the name suggests, one-trip containers are used, but only just.

One-trip shipping containers will have only been used once before, and they will only have had one owner. Generally this means that they will have very little wear-and-tear and that they will be, in most cases, almost as good as new. Of course, this will depend on what the container has been used for, but generally these options are a safe choice for most businesses.

Though the prices for one-trip containers are not as low as they for used options, they are generally a slightly cheaper but still effective alternative to buying brand new.

Hiring 20ft Containers

Hiring a shipping container could be a good option for businesses that do not often require one. If you simply need to move a small collection of items - if you are moving office or house, for example - then a hire might be a good choice.

Of course, hiring is only ever a short-term solution, so you will need to understand what kind of rules and guidelines your supplier has mind. In any case, when you need a container for a short amount of time - or when you only need containers infrequently - this might be a good choice.

It is worth bearing in mind with hiring or renting a container though, that you will not be the owner. Whereas purchasing a container allows you to use your own equipment however you see fit, a supplier might impose certain restrictions on you if you are only renting for a short time. Some businesses would rather pay more and have the freedom to use the container however they see fit.

Compare 20ft Storage Container Prices

When it comes to purchasing long-term, expensive equipment like storage containers, it is important that businesses are careful to make the best choice. This means doing the proper research to find the best size container, in the best condition and for the best price. Fortunately, Approved Index can help you in this process.

By filling in the form at the top of this page, businesses are able to specify their requirements in order to receive quotes from the most suitable suppliers.

Comparing quotes with Approved Index is free, quick and easy, and it could save your business as much as 40% on your service and purchase costs.

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