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The 40ft shipping container is the largest of standard sized containers for sale. Containers Direct sell quality second hand 40ft containers that are ideal for either storage or overseas removals. For shipping containers intended for export the container must be unmodified and certified with a CSC plate. For more on containers for export see our article on containers for export.


If you require the container for storage, the rigorous shipping criteria do not apply, and we offer a number of modification options on the basic 40ft container, to tailor it to your specific needs. 40ft S2 containers come with the original shipping container doors intact, complete with rubber seals, and all the corner castings in tact. This means that unlike cut down containers, the container retains all it's strength, which is essential for crane lifting.

Cost of second hand 40ft container with S2 doors - £1595 plus VAT

Other door styles are available. Speak to our Sales Team for options and advice to suit your requirements.

Side doors and personnel doors

Additional doors can be fitted into the side of our 40ft containers. Doors in the side are particularly handy on larger containers, making access easier. Find out more on our Side Door Containers page.

Extra wide side doors give excellent, flexible access to your 40ft container. We can fit extra wide doors in the side (up to 20ft wide per set of doors). or extra sets. With all side door options, the original end door can be either retained or "blanked" with an end wall. This container case study illustrates a container with two sets of 20ft doors in the side, which gives full side access.

Choose a steel security door for pedestrian use, incorporating multi deadlocks and offering high levels of security. Personnel doors can be fitted to replace the end doors, or we can fit a personnel door in the side. Cost per door £565 plus VAT



Enhance the security of your container with a steel lockbox - this prevents unauthorised access to the container padlock, and can be purchased at a cost of £50 plus VAT


Add one of our specialist Lock 2000 padlocks, compatible for use with the lock box, for a discounted price of £35 plus VAT


A new exterior coat of rubberised container paint will not only enhance the cosmetic appearance of your container, but also protects from wear and tear and can extend the life of the container. Select from a wide range of colour.

Cost of repainting 40ft container - £350 plus VAT

Please note for very light or bright paint options (ie white, yellow, red, orange) there is a supplementary charge of 75% over standard repainting rates

Interior repainting

An interior repaint can instantly improve the appearance of used containers.

Cost - £360 plus VAT

Ply Lining

Lining and insulating containers with plywood and rockwall insulating material will give complete protection against the adverse effects of condensation. Read more on our page on ply lined containers

Cost to supply and fit a 40ft ply lining -from £1700 plus VAT


"Disguise" your container with wood cladding. It protects, looks good, and can help with planning permission. Choose from three different types of wood. For more details read our page Cladded Shipping Containers

Cost to clad a 40ft container starts from £2190 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Fit your container out with shelving to make your stored goods more accessible and better organised.

Cost per bay (1m/3ft wide) - £60 plus VAT fitted, OR £45 plus VAT self fitted


Choices of electrical installations:
Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, four 5ft strip lights with diffuser, a double socket - from £495 plus VAT

Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, four 5ft strip lights with diffuser, two double sockets and wall heater - from £600 plus VAT

Anti condensation treatment

Using Grafotherm spray coating on the ceiling of the container - this product prevents damage caused by condensation build up that can drip onto the contents of the container.

Cost of treating 40ft container - £350 plus VAT


We offer a variety of ramps for containers - car ramps. heavy duty ramps, lightweight ramps, hinged ramps and bespoke builds. A range of sizes are also available. Cost from £205 plus VAT

40ft New Shipping Containers from £3700 plus VAT


"A good buying experience. Plenty of choices and costs and this was all dealt with in a friendly way and efficiently backed up by emails. Mandy was brilliant! The delivery driver was friendly and had to take his drag trailer off to get up the road in the dark. Plenty of difficult manoeuvring which he did expertly. He placed it perfectly. I'm very pleased with the overall service and I'd definitely recommend Containers Direct. One of the good companies out there! Keep up the good work!

Thanks for your excellent and friendly service from the initial phone call to delivery. It has been a joy dealing with you guys."

Andrew Jenkins (Managing Director)

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