Shipping Containers for Storage

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Available for Hire and Sale

Mr Box supplies new second-hand shipping containers in a range of sizes and designs for either hire or sale.

There are numerous designs of shipping container, but the majority are what are termed “dry van containers”, these carry general freight. There are other designs such as refrigerated containers for transporting deep-frozen or chilled cargoes, and others which are generally called “special containers” (see below) These tend to be specifically designed for certain cargoes.

All shipping containers must conform to international standards such as ISO, UIC, TIR, and CSC.

Because containers are mass produced and designed for a harsh marine environment, they lend themselves to a cheap, moveable, and secure storage unit.

Mr Box can recommend you the right type of container to meet your needs whether that is for shipping cargo or for storage purposes.

New Shipping Containers

Built to our own unique specification and imported from our factories in the Far East, all our new containers are built to a high quality specification, designed for secure storage:

  • Built to a full marine specification – manufactured from corrosion resistant Corten steel.
  • Protected with marine grade paint.
  • Fitted with additional ventilation – to ensure condensation is not a problem.
  • Fitted with waist high locking bars (door handles) – for ease of use.
  • A wipe clean 28mm marine ply floor that is specially sealed and certified as being rot and vermin proof.
  • Factory fitted lock box (high security lock box) with additional anti-jemmy lugs is fitted to the doors – this shrouds the padlock and protects the container from force entry.
  • Available in a range of colours.
  • Capable of being stacked.

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Used Shipping Containers

The second-hand containers we supply are guaranteed to be structurally sound, water tight and suitable for use as secure storage containers. They can also be certified as suitable for shipping. All our used containers are inspected by our own depots prior to dispatch.

We guarantee the condition of our equipment and if you are dissatisfied in any way we will either refund your money, or pay for any repairs.

Using containers is also an environmentally friendly solution in that they have fulfilled their primary role of carrying cargo, and can then be used again. Cost effective recycling!

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How big is a Shipping Container?

  • Standard ISO shipping containers are 8ft (2.43m) wide, 8.5ft (2.59m) high and come in two lengths; 20ft (6.06m) and 40ft (12.2m).
  • Extra tall shipping containers called high-cube containers are available at 9.5ft (2.89m) high.
  • Smaller 10ft (2.99m) and 8ft (2.43m) containers are also available but cannot be shipped in the same way as 20ft and 40ft containers.
  • A standard ISO 20ft shipping container has a capacity of 33.1m3 – enough room for almost 100 household washing machines!

See our table below for more information on sizes.

Popular Shipping Container Types & Sizes

Size* Type available Length Width Height
[View] 8ft shipping container New for sale and hire 8ft (2.43m) 7ft (2.20m) 7ft 6in (2.27m)
[View] 10ft shipping container New and used for sale and hire 9ft 10in (2.99 m) 8ft (2.44m) 8ft 6in (2.59m)
[View] 20ft shipping container New and used for sale and hire 20ft (6.06m) 8ft (2.44m) 8ft 6in (2.6m)
[View] 40ft shipping container New and used for sale and hire 40ft (12.2m) 8ft (2.44m) 8ft 6in (2.6m)

Standard 8ft Container

Standard 8ft Container
Outside Length:
2.44m / 8ft
Outside Height:
2.26m / 7ft 4in
Outside Width:
2.2m / 7ft 2in
Internal Length:
2.29m / 7ft 6in
Internal Height:
2.06m / 6ft 9in
Internal Width:
2.11m / 6ft 11in
Door Width:
2.1m / 6ft 10in
Door Height:
1.95m / 6ft 4in
General Spec
Cubic capacity: 9.95 cubic meters / 351 cubic feet
Max gross weight: 6000kg / 13243lb
Tare weight: 950kg / 2100lb
Structure: Steel doors, sides, frame, and understructure, with a marine ply floor.
Certification: 8 ft units do not conform to ISO standards and cannot be CSC plated.

Standard 10ft Container

Standard 10ft Container
Outside Length:
3m / 9ft 10in
Outside Height:
2.6m / 8ft 6in
Outside Width:
2.44m / 8ft
Internal Length:
2.84m / 9ft 3in
Internal Height:
2.39m / 7ft 10in
Internal Width:
2.35m / 7ft 8in
Door Width:
2.34m / 7ft 8in
Door Height:
2.28m / 7ft 5in
General Spec
Cubic capacity: 15.1 cubic meters / 561 cubic feet
Max gross weight: 10,160kg / 22,400lbs
Tare weight: 1,300kg / 2,870lbs
Structure: Steel doors, sides, frame, and understructure, with a marine ply floor.
Certification: Units conform to ISO standards and can be CSC plated.

Standard 20ft Container

Standard 20ft Container
Outside Length:
6.06m / 19ft 10in
Outside Height:
2.6m / 8ft 6in
Outside Width:
2.44m / 8ft
Internal Length:
5.9m / 19ft 4in
Internal Height:
2.39m / 7ft 10in
Internal Width:
2.35m / 7ft 8in
Door Width:
2.34m / 7ft 8in
Door Height:
2.28m / 7ft 5in
General Spec
Cubic capacity: 33.1 cubic meters / 1170 cubic feet
Max gross weight: 30480kg / 67200lbs
Tare weight: 2230kg / 4920lbs
Structure: Steel doors, sides, frame, and understructure, with a marine ply floor.
Certification: Units conform to ISO standards and can be CSC plated.

Standard 40ft Container

Standard 40ft Container
Outside Length:
12.2m / 40ft
Outside Height:
2.6m / 8ft 6in
Outside Width:
2.44m / 8ft
Internal Length:
12.04m / 39ft 6in
Internal Height:
2.39m / 7ft 10in
Internal Width:
2.35m / 7ft 8in
Door Width:
2.34m / 7ft 8in
Door Height:
2.28m / 7ft 5in
General Spec
Cubic capacity: 67.6 cubic meters / 2,386 cubic feet
Max gross weight: 30480kg
Tare weight: 3720kg
Structure: Steel doors, sides, frame, and understructure, with a marine ply floor.
Certification: Units conform to ISO standards and can be CSC plated.

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Other shipping container designs include (but are not limited to):

  • Tunnels – with double doors at both ends.
  • Open-sided – with doors down one complete side.
  • Double Open-sided – with doors down both complete sides.
  • Open-tops – with a removable tarpaulin roof.
  • Refrigerated – for frozen or perishable cargoes
  • Flat racks – for oversized cargoes – no roof, no side panels and collapsible end frames.
  • Pallet wide containers – 2.5 meters wide internally.
  • Half height containers – mostly used for heavy bulk cargoes such as coal.
  • Tank containers – for liquids.
  • Bulkers – for granular cargoes.
  • Coil carriers – for coil cargoes.
  • Car carriers – a collapsible rack for transporting cars inside a dry van container.

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