20FT SEA CONTAINER

Containers Direct sell both new and second hand sea containers, suitable for shipping cargo abroad. Usually known a shipping container, the 20ft sea containers conforms to ISO* standards (*International Organisation for Standardisation) which regulates both the size and design of the container. These regulations developed after the Second World War to support a huge increase in international trade by reducing transport costs and maximising efficiency.

Cheap and efficient for overseas removals

Building sea containers to standardised dimensions means they can be loaded and unloaded, stacked and transferred from various modes of transport (road, rail and sea!) over long distances in the most cost efficient and cost effective way possible. Once the customer has loaded their 20ft sea container, it remains closed and locked until it reaches its final destination. If using our overseas removal service, this is good news as it means the only handling of the container required by yourself is the packing on your doorstep, and the unpacking at the final destination.


Specifications of an ISO 20ft sea container


  • Structure: Galvanised steel structure, with marine ply flooring, steel lockable doors at the front end

  • Length: 20'

  • Height: 8' 6'' Width: 8'

  • Cubic capacity: 1160cu'

  • Maximum gross weight: 24,000kg


The importance of the CSC plate

Before shipping, a container has to be certified as suitable by having a valid safety approved CSC Plate - a bit like an MOT for a car! Therefore it's essential to check first that any container purchased for shipping purposes has this.





Choose a high cube for a little extra space

Although the standard height of a 20ft sead container is 8'6'' (originally made to fit through the majority of railway tunnels!), high cube containers of 9'6'' are also available to buy. These days, with better road access, getting stuck in railway tunnels is not such a big consideration, and the height of a container does not affect its capacity for stacking with other ISO containers.



Used or nearly new

We stock used and nearly new 20ft sea containers, as well as new 'one trip' containers. To view our wide range of stock, see our 20ft-30ft products pages.
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