Size of Shipping Containers

The most common size we sell and hire are “20 foot” shipping containers. These units are 6.10 metres long, 2.44 metres wide and 2.60 metres high (20 feet x 8 feet x 8.5 feet) and weigh about 2,400 kg when empty.

We also sell 40 foot containers, these measure 12.20 metres in length, and are also 2.44 metres wide and 2.60 metres high and weigh about 3,050 kg when empty.

Other sizes and customisations can be arranged, please call us to discuss your individual requirements.

Siting of Shipping Containers

We recommended to our customers that they place their containers are non-compressible blocks, to retain an air space under the container to prevent the possibility of rising damp occurring in moist areas. Railway sleepers work well (see picture below), while ‘besser blocks’ do not (they can be crushed under the weight of the container), nor do steel posts or poles (there is potential for slippage while loading and unloading).

Consideration should also be given by the hirer/buyer to the specific conditions of their site, and placement on any more than a mild slope is not recommended.

Freight of Shipping Containers

20 foot shipping containers are generally delivered on a single axle tilt tray truck, and are loaded to suit your circumstances, either:

  • “Doors to Cab” – the Container is loaded with its doors facing the cabin or front of the truck, in these circumstances when the container slides from the tray of the truck the container doors will land on the ground last and will face the direction that the truck drives away.
  • “Doors to Rear” – Loaded this way, the doors land on the ground first, with this method most commonly used when the container is placed near a building for access or loading purposes.

40 foot shipping containers are generally delivered on a side loader (Semi Trailer with trailer mounted offloading arms), with the unloading only capable on the drivers side of the truck.  Doors to Cab and Doors to Rear options similarly apply, however access for the Semi Trailer to access and leave the site must be considered.