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Shipping Container Prices

A shipping container is a standardised, secure storage unit used to handle and ship items. They are well suited to a variety of purposes - from shipping goods overseas, to storing or delivering furniture. For any size business, a shipping container is a durable and convenient option.

Shipping containers are available in a variety of types, and in sizes to match every requirement - whether you just need to transport furniture to a new home, or if you need to transport perishable foods in a safe environment, shipping containers are available to ensure that your goods are safe.

Aside from the practical varieties mentioned above, shipping containers also follow certain guidelines and specifications that allow them to be shipped alongside other units. So whether you need to send items by road or by sea, a shipping container will be built in a manner that suits.

Shipping containers are also built to a standard that ensures the safety and integrity of your items. The units are built from steel and easily secured to make sure that your goods cannot be tampered with, and they are also built in a manner that allows for good ventilation as well as protection from vermin. In short - a shipping container is designed and put together to ensure that your goods - whether commercial or personal - arrive at their destination in full working order.

If you would like to know more about the varieties on offer or about the prices you might expect, keep reading this page; if, however, you are ready to start comparing quotes from top UK suppliers, you simply need to complete the form above. It only takes a minute and it could save you a great deal on your purchase, lease or rental.

- Shipping Container Types - Shipping Container Sizes - Shipping Container Prices - Shipping Container Hire -

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Shipping Container Types

Shipping containers can be categorised in a number of ways, but are most often sorted by size. Several other distinctions can also be made between the shipping containers available:

  • Standard Containers. These are the most common variety, and come with standard size double doors hinged on one end.
  • High-Cube Containers. These containers are taller than the standard variety and offer more storage capacity.
  • Double-End Containers. These containers are the same as the standard options, but come with two sets of hinged doors - one at each end of the unit.
  • Open-Top Containers. Instead of the steel roof that comes with the other varieties in this list, the open-top container comes with a detachable PVC roof.
  • Side-Access Containers. Similar to the standard containers, but these units have doors on the side that can be opened and folded along one side.

As well as these options, there also others available to cater to a variety of goods. If you have specific cargo that you need to move, then it’s best to choose the type of storage unit most suited to that cargo.

For the most accurate information about the unit to choose, you should speak to one of our suppliers, however the list below can give you some more idea as to the available shipping container types.

  • Refrigerated. If you need to transport frozen, fresh or perishable items, then a refrigerated container is the best option. These units can be adjusted to maintain the required temperature.
  • Flat Racks. Available for transportation of oversized cargo - these containers have no roof or side panels, and also have collapsible end frames.
  • Pallet-Wide Containers. These containers are wider internally and have a larger capacity than the standard varieties.
  • Half-Height Containers. These containers are mostly used to transport heavy bulk goods, like coal.
  • Tank Containers. If you need to transport liquids safely then this is the best option; these units are specially designed to allow for liquid transport.
  • Bulk Containers. These units are most suitable for granular cargo.
  • Car Carriers. These units are equipped with a collapsible rack which allows for car and vehicle transport.

Shipping Container Sizes

The variety above should give some insight into the wide range of goods that these containers are able to hold, but there are also size options available to suit your needs even better.

Knowing which size you need will depend on what you need to deliver or store, but the best way to decide this is by speaking to a supplier - they will have a much more insightful understanding of these container’s capacities, and so can help most people to choose the right unit.

The information below could help you to understand what kind of size you may need for your storage or shipping.

8 foot Shipping Container

The 8 foot shipping container is the smallest on offer, but it can be suitable for a number of purposes. For those businesses that have smaller amounts of material to store or fewer goods to send, this can be the perfect choice.

The information below gives a general idea of the dimensions and features of the 8 foot shipping container unit.

ExternalInternalDoor OpeningTax WeightMax Gross WeightCubic Capacity
8ft by 7ft7ft by 6ft 8in6ft 6in by 6ft 6in950 kg6,000kg9.95 cubic metres

The 8 foot shipping containers comes with corten steel walls, ceilings and doors, as well as a 25mm marine treated plywood floor. These containers are not always suitable for shipping, so it is important to check with the supplier if this is what you need your unit for.

10 foot Shipping Container

The 10 foot shipping container is one of the most common options, and is suitable for a number of purposes. It’s popularity is due to both its versatility and to the variety of types on offer. For businesses looking to transport goods, this is an excellent choice.

The table below gives insight into the dimensions, features and capacity of this popular shipping container option.

ExternalInternalDoor OpeningTax WeightMax Gross WeightCubic Capacity
10ft by 8ft9ft 3 in by 7ft 8 in7ft 6 in by 7ft 6in1,300kg10,160kg15.95 cubic metres

The 10 foot shipping container comes with the same options as above and can be used for shipping or storage purposes. As the dimensions above show, this option can also be used to transport larger items or a higher volume of smaller ones.

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20 foot Shipping Container

The 20 foot shipping container is an excellent option for businesses looking to ship items in greater volume. This size is one of the most popular and, as above, can be purchased, leased or rented to fit a range of purposes.

The table below 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 in the same manner as those above in regards to material and safety, but can carry a much higher volume of goods. As shown above, this is the best choice for those businesses hoping to ship or store in larger volumes.

40 foot Shipping Container

The 40 foot shipping container is the largest available and is most useful for businesses looking to ship goods or store items en masse. This size is less popular than those above, but only because fewer businesses require as much space. If your company needs this extra space then this will, of course, be the best option.

In the table below, you can find the information to outline the capacity, size and weight allowances provided by this, the largest sized container.

ExternalInternalDoor OpeningTax WeightMax Gross WeightCubic Capacity
40ft by 8 ft39ft 6in by 7ft 8in7ft 6in by 7ft 6in3,700kg32,500kg67.6 cubic metres

The 40ft container has the highest capacity of all of those available. If you need to ship in large volumes then there is a chance that you will need this size; the best way to understand your requirements, though, is to speak to a supplier to get expert advice.

Shipping Container Prices

The price for your shipping container will depend on a number of factors; the size and type of container, the age of the unit, the delivery cost and availability will all affect the final bill.

Whether you would like to buy the container or rent it will also be a factor - if, for example, you know that you will only use the container once then you might not want to purchase it outright. If however you will need to ship frequently, or store goods for a longer period of time, then buying may be the better choice.

It is also possible to purchase or rent older shipping containers too; for a one-user - a container that’s only been used once - you can expect to pay less. Likewise, for a second-hand containers, you will likely pay a reduced rate.

As mentioned, the type of container you require will also impact price; if you need a refrigerated unit, you will pay more than if you just required standard functionality. As well as the types mentioned on this page, many suppliers will also customise containers to match your needs if required - adding in specialist functionality can and will impact price.

The information below can help you to understand how much you may need to pay for your shipping container; it’s important to remember that these prices are not absolute - however, they can be useful for those that have no prior experience in buying this sort of equipment.

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How much does a Shipping Container Cost?

As mentioned, the cost of your shipping container will depend on a number of factors. In the table below you can find some rough prices that may help you to estimate how much you may need to pay.

Of course, some businesses may require more than one containers - if this is the case, then using the information in the tables below to estimate total cost can help.

As mentioned above though, the best way to get an accurate price is to speak to a supplier. Complete the form at the top of this page if you’d like to compare prices and services today.

Shipping Container SizeUsed CostNew Cost
8 foot£700 - £1000£1000 - £1,200
10 foot£1,000 - £1,300£1,550 - £1,650
20 foot£1,300 - £1,500£1,800 - £2,000
40 foot£2,900 - £3,100£3,500 - £4,000

The table above estimates the price of your shipping container, based on a standard option without customisation or moderation. As you might expect, to add on other features, you will need to pay a little more. For a refrigerated unit, for example, you will need to pay for the functionality, and you might also expect to pay more on recurring costs to ensure that the container continues to run properly.

Although the table above is calculated using average sale value, your own bill may vary, depending on a variety of factors; for a London based purchase, for example, you may expect to pay more than you would if you were having the unit delivered to a Bristol address.

New or Used Shipping Containers?

New or Used Shipping Containers

Choosing whether you require a new or used shipping container will depend on a few considerations; some business might just prefer to buy new for the sake of quality. With a new container, you can guarantee that the unit is in working order, and you know that you do not need to worry about previous owners treating the container in a manner that leads to damages.

Used containers tend to be sold to those businesses that are looking for a slightly cheaper option; however, this is not to say that a second-hand container is not fit for purpose. Many businesses are able to use these shipping units for an extended amount of time without any worry at all. It is possible to purchase a used container that is no longer fit for shipping, and only useful for storage, but you will be informed by your supplier if this is the case.

As mentioned, whether or not you need a new shipping unit will depend on your requirements; for those businesses looking for a customised, specialist container, brand new may be a better choice. If, however, you only need the container for storage purposes, then you may be able to make do with a cheaper purchase.

Hiring a Shipping Container

Most UK shipping container suppliers will be able to provide rental and hire options. Rental allows businesses to make use of a unit without having to pay a lump sum. For smaller businesses that do not expect to use this form of container more than once or twice, this is probably the best option. Of course, if you need a shipping container on a more permanent basis - whether for storage, or for repeat shipping - then rental is probably not the right choice.

Knowing whether hiring or purchasing is the better option will depend on any number of factors and will, in the end, have to be based on what the business owner or manager thinks is most suitable in terms of budget and practicality.

To understand your pricing options a little better, use the information below:

  • 10 foot container - £6/week
  • 20 foot container - £7/week
  • 40 foot container - £12/week

As these figures are based on a weekly cost, you will need to multiply the result to match your requirements.

If, for example, you are likely to need a 40 foot shipping container for an entire year, then you will need to factor that cost. Similarly, if you are likely to need to this sort of container for an extended period of time, it may make more sense for you to purchase rather than hire.

Comparing the prices in the cost section and the hire section is the best way for you to estimate your total bill. For an even more accurate cost, you should complete the form at the top of this page.

Compare Shipping Container Suppliers and Prices

Shipping containers can be essential pieces of equipment for a number of businesses; if this is the case, then this page may be very useful for you. Knowing what sort of unit you need, as well as the size and type of agreement will depend on your business and requirements; fortunately, though, there are a huge range of options available.

Although the prices on this page can help you to understand how much you may need to pay, and what kind of container you need, your best options will come with speaking to suppliers. They can often offer you expert advice on the options you may need to consider, and they will also be able to offer more accurate cost estimates based on your exact specifications.

Comparing UK shipping container suppliers with Approved Index only takes a minute, and it could save you a considerable sum. There is no obligation to buy, but our quote comparison service is always the best way to find top-quality suppliers.

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