Shipping & Logistics Experts

Used Shipping Containers for Sale

Looking to buy or sell your second-hand storage containers? You’re in the right place. Find the perfect shipping container for your cargo size and ideal budget by choosing from our range of quality used shipping containers for sale, which come in sizes  20ft, 40ft (also known as 40std) and 40hc.

Buying a Shipping Container

Submit a request by filling out the form on the right-hand side and a member of our trading logistics team will get back to you within 24 hours. We have a choice of the 3 standard container sizes – 20ft, 40ft and 40hc (see more information further down this page).

Selling a Shipping Container

Similarly, submit a request by filling out the form on the right-hand side and our team will get back to you shortly.  To ensure we can get started with your container trading, please ensure we have the following information:

  • Container size, type and number of containers
  • Pictures from inside and outside the container
  • Container pickup location

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    Shipping Container Dimensions

    20ft, 40ft and 40hc are the standard and most popular shipping containers, which is why we make sure we always have them in stock. All our containers are sturdy and secure, which means they are extremely difficult to damage or break into.

    • 20ft shipping containers – our most popular choice, these are a great investment if you are looking to send medium-sized goods on a regular basis or are simply looking for a storage container that can keep a good amount of goods.
    • 40ft (also known as 40std) shipping containers: don’t compromise on space with these containers that can easily be converted and used for a variety of purposes
    • 40hc shipping containers: these give you an extra foot in size compared to a 40ft container, which means that you have more capacity for your goods.

    Let’s talk quality: here at Messiah Freight, we know how important quality is. That is why we always quality check the containers before we sell them to make sure they meet the highest industry standards.

    A blue 20ft container, price starting from £2,450 + VAT
    A red 40ft container
    Two yellow 40hc containers on top of one another

    Buy 20ft Shipping Containers

    As we have a wide range of second-hand containers for sale, there might be slight differences in the exact dimensions, but in general, a 20ft shipping container would have the following exterior dimensions:

    • Height: 2.6m or 8’5’
    • Length: 6.10m or 20’
    • Width: 2.45m or 8’
    • Capacity: 33m³

    Please note: the photos are just a guide – each container that we sell is unique, so the one that you receive might not be the one from the photos. If you are interested in buying, get in touch with our team and we will send you photos of the exact containers we currently have in stock.

    Starting price: £2450 + VAT

    Contact us today and we will work with you to find the container that best suits your needs.

    Buy 40ft Shipping Containers

    Our 40ft containers come in a variety of colours and with a range of accessories. A standard 40ft container comes with the following exterior dimensions:

    • Height: 2.6m or 8’6’’
    • Length: 12.2m or 40’
    • Width: 2.45m or 8’
    • Capacity: 66m³

    Note: our portfolio includes a wide range of used shipping containers, so the ones in the photos are not necessarily the ones we have currently in stock. Get in touch with us today and our container trading experts can provide you with photos of the used shipping containers for sale that are currently available.

    Starting price: £3250 + VAT

    Buy 40hc Shipping Containers

    If you are in need of a bigger space, then a 40hc container is for you. Bigger than a 40ft standard container, our 40-foot high cube containers have the following dimensions:

    • Height: 2.9m or 9’6’’
    • Length: 12.2m or 40’
    • Width: 2.45m or 8’
    • Capacity: 76m³

    Please note: the containers that you see on the photos are not necessarily the ones we have got in stock. Once you get in touch wit our team, they will be able to send you images of the exact containers we currently have.

    Starting price: £3450 + VAT

    Get in touch with us today if you wish to discuss your shipping container needs.

    Buying and Selling Shipping Containers FAQs

    Although renting a shipping container requires less commitment, it may work out more expensive in the longer term. Some people and businesses may experience significant savings when buying a container over renting. Whether you choose to rent or buy your own shipping container will depend on a number of factors:

    • Budget – renting containers may include transportation fees and modifications required which could add to the overall cost each time you rent the shipping container
    • Length of use – we’d recommend buying a container if you plan to use it longer than one year for the best value (often buying a container includes the cost of the container and only one flat rate delivery fee)
    • Modifications – if you plan to add branding, or you want to modify the container in any way, you will need to buy the shipping container to be able to do this.

    This will depend on the size and condition of your container, but on average, a good quality used 20ft shipping container can cost £2,500 on average, a 40ft one – £3,300 and a 40hc one – £3,500. Our team aims to keep a balance between quality and price, so on our website, you will find used shipping containers that are a great value for money.

    Shipping containers come in a range of sizes to accommodate all types of cargo. The most common size for a container is 20ft and 40ft, and around 2.5 metres tall. We can help you find a container of any size with our trade container services. If you need help deciding how big of a shipping container you might need, our team can advise, simply get in touch.

    Although there isn’t a set price for container shipping, you should expect to pay more for shipping the bigger the container and the bigger the distance it has to travel. If you’re looking to transport goods in the most cost-efficient way, we offer a variety of FCL and LCL services. Our cargo services include land, sea, and air freight, as well as customs clearance and transit cargo.

    Shipping containers can last for over 20-25 years if looked after well. This includes removing rust, cleaning it regularly and avoiding putting excessive weight on the roof. When buying a container from us, our container trading experts can also give you some tips for good container maintenance.

    Container Trading

    Why Choose Us For Trade Container Services?

    Container Trading

    Here at Messiah Freight, we have an experienced team of logistics and shipping professionals who can use their expertise to help you. When you work with us, you’ll get a custom solution for your container trading, to suit your needs. You will also get access to a dedicated account manager, who will be your point of contact for updates, questions, and shipping advice.