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20ft Shipping Containers - Used

Our FG container is the highest grade of used container we offer which provides our clients high security and guaranteed dry storage at a great price. These containers can be anywhere from 10-15 years old, and will be ex-shipping containers, so you can expect some surface rust as perfectly normal for a container made with Corten steel, as well as dents and scrapes from being handled at various depots over the years.

To improve the overall appearance, we would recommend opting to have the exterior your FG container repainted in rubberised marine paint, particularly in a dark colour, which better hides any blemishes, and also an interior respray to improve the inside appearance of the unit. If budget allows, in order to best protect your furniture from the damaging effects of condensation, we highly recommend opting for ply lining for all FG Containers.


Our FG shipping containers (the FG stands for furniture grade!) are constructed from "grade A" 40ft shipping containers which are typically 10 to 15 years old. We take a good standard 40ft container & make two 20ft units. This process of conversion enables clients to choose the type of doors most suitable for purpose.

All styles have the advantage of being built from corten steel which includes rust inhibitors and have heavy duty weight bearing floors.

Please note cut down containers are not suitable for shipping, stacking or lifting when loaded. They can be modified upon request if these conditions are required.

What type of storage are FG shipping containers recommended for?

We would recommend that clients buy an FG shipping container when looking for good quality long term storage for:

  • Packaged Furniture

  • Boxes files

  • Commercial Stock

  • Building Materials

  • Plant, tools & machinery

Choose a door type

S1 door type

S1 containers have flat panelled doors which are much easier to open and close and are more aesthetically pleasing. They are often the preferred choice of schools, clubs and for use as garden sheds and personal storage.

Cost £1455 plus VAT

We can add a compressed door seal to S1 containers for a cost of £65 plus VAT

S2 door type

S2 containers are most popular on building sites and have the advantage of rubber door seals to seal the unit. The disadvantage is that you often have to be a burly builder to open and close them!

Cost £1455 plus VAT

S3 door type

At Containers Direct we offer a unique third option which combines the advantages of both types of door. We are lucky to have manufacturing facilities on site and have designed and manufactured a door which is both easy to use and is superior in quality. Although the appearance of S3 doors may differ slightly from container to container, they all share these characteristics:
  • New/once-used

  • External rubber door seals

  • Waist high handles

  • Two locking arms on the right hand door only

  • Shoot bolts on the left hand door

For S3 doors add a supplement of £175 to the container price for these doors.

Cost £1630 plus VAT

Please note there is a surcharge on the price of our S3 doors on high cube containers. Ask our Sales team for a price.

S4 door type

Anti vandal, galvanised steel roller shutter doors, with manual or electrical operation. At 8ft wide (the same size as standard container doors, they be fitted as an additional door, or a replacement for the original.

Cost of manual option £1950 plus VAT

(Please enquire for cost of electric option)

S5 door type

These are steel personnel doors, suitable for frequent pedestrian use in out of the container, incorporating multi deadlocks and offering high levels of security. Personnel doors are the preferred door type for our portable site office units, and other conversions, such as offices, classrooms, workshops and equipment stores.

Price per personnel door - £565 plus VAT

Side doors

Doors can also be positioned in the side of the container. Choose from S1, S3, S4 (roller shutter) and S5 (personnel door). We also supply extra wide side doors, and multiple sets where size allows. You can have a side door to replace the end door, or in addition to.



All doors on our 20ft FG containers are fitted with a lockbox, at no extra cost. The lockbox fits snugly around the container lock to prevent unauthorised access.



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


Have your container repainted on the outside to your own choice of colour, in rubberised, protective container paint.

Cost to repaint 20ft container - £190 plus VAT

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

Compressed door seals

An option for S1 doors - these are attached to the inside of the container door and compress to form a watertight seal when the door is closed.

Cost - £65 plus VAT

Interior repainting

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

Cost - £190 plus VAT

Ply Lining

A ply lining combined with rockwool insulation will keep the container at a constant temperature and provide the most resistant measure against condensation.

Cost to line 20ft container - from £1050 plus VAT


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

Cost to clad a 20ft container start from £1265 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Make best use of all the available space, and keep things tidy and well organised with shelving.

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


Choose from two electrical package options
Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, 2 x 5ft strip light with diffuser, a double socket - from £350 plus VAT

Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, a light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffusers, two double sockets and wall heater - from £450 plus VAT


An anti condensation treatment to repel moisture and protect contents from moisture damage

Cost to treat 20ft container - £190 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

20ft New Shipping Containers from £1995 plus VAT.


"Containers received today & client very happy. Thanks"

Received from Neil Mayhew at Pinnacle

"The service was fantastic, you delivered when you said you would and took the time to match our needs with a specific container. Thank you."

Received from Inception Business Technology Ltd

"Efficient service, timescales met and delivery on time."

Vic Blaxill, on behalf of Ampthill Festival, in Bedfordshire

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