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The vast majority of shipping containers are manufactured in China, and they reach our shores laden with cargo, for cost efficiency. It doesn't pay to transport an empty container all the way from China, so they are sold off once they arrive here after one use. These are often referred to as new shipping containers, but strictly speaking they are 'once used' or 'one trip' containers.

A truly 'new' shipping container is a lot rarer. These containers are typically made in Europe or the UK, however due to higher manufacturing costs outside Chinese industry, these containers are usually smaller sizes only and don't conform to traditional ISO regulations. Although this means they can't be used as traditional shipping containers, many people purchase a shipping container for storage purposes, or as the basis for a conversion project, in which case new shipping containers are ideal! However, our 10ft new model is built to ISO dimensions and has a level of certification that conforms to some ISO standards.

New shipping containers from Containers Direct

We sell a range of smaller sized new containers new build containers - from 6ft to 10ft long. The costs of new build containers are higher than those manufactured in China and transported to the UK as once used, but the condition will be as new, although it is worth bearing in mind that no shipping container can ever be guaranteed pristine after transportation. As a large heavy object, it must be moved with industrial equipment and strapped down securely during transportation, which can leave a small amount of surface marking (easily covered with a dab of paint).

New Shipping Container Sizes

We sell a range of new shipping containers in various sizes designed to suit you. Find out more about of our new shipping container products and available sizes below:

For detailed information, please see the Technical Description

Bespoke built containers

At Containers Direct we have the facilities to build any sized container requested in our own workshops. We have a highly skilled team that can build new containers to any dimensions required. These are not ISO containers, but can be used for storage or other conversion projects. For more information on our bespoke new builds, see our article on new builds.

Flat Pack Containers

For a low cost option, or limited space, new flat pack containers are quick and easy to assemble and can be erected in spaces inaccessible to standard shipping containers. Made from galvanised steel they ideal for general storage and are available in 2m, 3m or 4m lengths. They can be linked together to side by side, or end to end if more storage space is required.

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