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Second Hand 30ft Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are not commonly made from new in 30ft length. They come in lengths of 20ft and 40ft, as uniform sizes enable them to be stacked and transported safely together on board for shipping. However, if you are looking for a used shipping container for storage, you may well not want to be restricted to these sizes! Many customers find 20ft a little too small and 40ft too large, so to fill this gap Containers Direct are specialising in making up 30ft containers for storage

How we create a 30ft container

We do this by taking second hand 40ft shipping containers and cutting them into two new containers - one 30ft and one 10ft, as 10ft containers are in high demand too. Not only do cut down containers produce a wider choice of sizes, but also allow us to offer our customers a choice of door types. Picture a whole container cut up into two pieces - only one will have the door remaining intact, so we have to fabricate a new door to complete the other newly created container. To take maximum advantage of this situation, Containers Direct have specialised in creating three different door types on our cut down containers to suit individual customer needs.

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.

Choosing the door type which works best for you - select from S1, S2, S3 or S4

Containers Direct can advise you on which door type will suit your individual circumstances, but as a general guide, see the descriptions and corresponding products below.

S1 Containers

S1 containers have doors designed with frequent use in mind. Being a single flat panel it is much lighter than a shipping container door, therefore much easier to use, which makes the S1 the preferred choice with schools, clubs and personal storage customers. A single locking arm provides the security you would expect from a storage container.

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

Cost of 30ft S1 container - £1550 plus VAT

S2 Containers

S2 containers keep the original shipping container door in place, and are most commonly used on construction sites. These doors have a rubber seal around them for maximum protection against water entering the container.

Cost of 30ft S2 container - £1550 plus VAT

S3 Containers

S3 doors are a style unique to Containers Direct. We have designed these doors to combine the best features of the other two doors - lightweight and easy to use, but with the added protection of a rubber seal. We recommend this as any easy access option for furniture storage and other delicate items - all the protection but without the heave ho!

There is a supplimentary charge of £175 plus vat for this door type

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

S4 containers

Galvanised steel, padlockable on both ends, 8ft wide roller shutter doors make a great alternative, or addition, to standard storage doors. They come in either manual or electrical options.

Cost of 30ft S4 container with manually operated doors - £2000 plus VAT

(Please enquire for cost of electric option)

Add side doors for convenience

With all three of these container door types we offer the option of locating the door along the side of the container, as in many circumstances this proves more convenient than traditional end doors. An example of an S1 side door can be seen on this side door container. Additional doors can be fitted into any 30ft container. For example, leaving the original S2 door in place in addition to fitting new side doors is a common request from our customers. Find out more on our Side Door Containers page.

Personnel door

Steel security door for pedestrian use, incorporating multi deadlocks and offering high levels of security.

Cost per door £565


Our containers come with a steel lockbox, which protects the padlock from tampering (usual retail price £55)

Optional Extras


To improve the container both cosmetically and in terms of its quality life span, we can respray the exterior of any container with a protective coating of rubbersised container paint at a supplementary cost of £280 plus VAT. A wide range of colours are available.

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


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

Interior repainting

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

Cost - £260 plus VAT

Ply Lining

Having your container insulated and lined with ply wood will combat condensation, and provide warmth for units used for accommodation.

Cost to line 30ft container - from £1450


"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 30ft container starts from £1730 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Our shelving racks are designed for heavy weight bearing, and are purchased per bay, and linked together 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, three 5ft strip lights with diffuser, a double socket - from £415 plus VAT

Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, three 5ft strip lights with diffuser, two double sockets and wall heater - from £525 plus VAT

Choose Grafotherm for a condensation free container

This treatment is highly recommended for the storage of items susceptible to moisture damage such as furniture and paperwork. See our news article on grafotherm for more on how this innovative product works to keep your container drier.

The cost of this treatment for a 30ft container is £280 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

30ft New Shipping Containers from £3200


"Your personnel were very helpful, knowledgeable and quick to respond and polite. Prices are fair. And the delivery occurred on time and very efficient."

From Johnson Bros Ltd, Oldham

Gilmerton Primary School in Edinburgh required a 30ft container for bike storage. We treated the container with Grafotherm and fitted 20 bike hooks across the walls.

"We were satisfied with every aspect of the service. Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient service - everyone from the advisory staff at the office to the lorry

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