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Second Hand 20ft Shipping Containers

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20ft used container S1 doors
20ft container S2 doors

20ft container S3 doors
20ft container S4 doors
Containers Direct hold the largest stock of discounted 20ft used containers in the UK. Our network of nine nationwide depots gives you access to the cheapest local delivery rates wherever you are. Also known as ISO shipping containers, they are designed to transport cargo overseas but make ideal steel storage containers too, both in terms of cost and security. Containers Direct are the only company that offer as standard 4 door types in the 20ft used shipping container range and in an industry dominated by re-sellers and agents, we are lucky to have our own in-house production facilities enabling us to offer an industry leading range of useful upgrades and optional extras. We always hold stock in store if you're in a hurry!

Sturdy and secure
20ft used containers are essentially a metal box made from Corten steel which makes them waterproof, extremely strong and very difficult to damage or break into. All our used 20ft shipping containers for sale are quality checked or refurbished to ensure they are structurally sound and watertight before they are released for sale at a competitive price. To further assure our customers of the highest standards in the industry, we only select good quality used containers, and all of our 20ft second hand shipping containers come with a 12 month warranty. These standards also apply to our used 40ft shipping containers for sale. Used boxes can vary in terms of cosmetic appearance, but an exterior repaint will help cover any cosmetic damage and wear and tear.

Benefits of 20ft used shipping containers


Shipping containers are manufactured from 16 guage Corten steel making them strong and secure.


Our in-house depot can modify and convert shipping containers for a variety of different uses.


Shipping containers benefit from being portable, meaning you can move them when needed.


With an extensive range of optional extras to choose from, have your container modified to suit you.


We offer all our shipping containers with a 12 month guarantee for your peace of mind.

Your Optional Extras

ply lining
wood cladding
shelving racks
Compressed door seals
All optional extras

Free with ALL 20ft Used Shipping Containers


All our 20ft containers come with a steel lockbox, which protects the padlock from tampering (usual retail price £55).

Recommended Product for Used 20ft Containers


Exterior repaint in our specialist rubberised container paint is recommended on used containers, not only to improve the aesthetic appearance but also to extend the lifespan of the container.

Our Used "Furniture Grade" containers

Offering great value for money, FG (furniture grade) 20ft used shipping containers are one of our most popular products. Most of our 20ft boxes are what we term FG containers; that's Furniture Grade, meaning they have been selected to be of good enough condition in which to store household items and other goods where quality matters. The next step up from the FG would be a new 20ft shipping container. We have a good range of great value, new and used 20 foot FG storage containers for resale, at market leading prices. 20ft used shipping containers are a popular size for people who want the security of a steel storage unit but are working with a smaller budget. The second hand 20ft is amongst the cheapest option available to buy in the UK. They also provide a great structure from which to modify and convert, even if this is something as simple as adding easy to use doors or putting extra doors in the side through to full scale container conversions.

The Build Process

Containers Direct supply 20 foot containers with S2 doors direct from our depots across the UK, to give our customers the most efficient and cost effective deliveries. Our depots are based at strategic locations including London, Southampton, Glasgow, Bristol, Newport, Manchester and Felixstowe.

Built by us - new doors and cut downs

Our containers with alternative door types are completed in our company fabrication depot before delivery to all parts of the UK. In order to supply the choice of doors we use 40ft shipping containers cut down 20 ft long sections. If you need something smaller we cut down to sections creating used 10ft shipping containers for sale. New doors and end walls are manufactured, using high gauge steel, matching corrugated metal panels which are fully seam welded to create new 20fts.

Our focus is always on quality production and customer choice. Learn more about how cut down containers are made.

20ft Container Dimensions

Container TypeLengthWidthHeight
20ft DV20ft8ft8ft6
20ft High Cube20ft8ft9ft6

If you are seeking exact dimensions and specifications for all sizes of containers, visit our Shipping and Storage Container Dimension Charts page.

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See how versatile the 20ft can be!


Steel shipping containers, both new and used make an ideal base for conversion projects. We offer a range of conversions from bespoke portable offices to workshops, garages to pop-up shops, container gyms, chemical stores and much more.

Used 20ft cafe conversion

Flat pack option

Where space is limited and access restricted, see our flat pack containers. Flat pack containers come in smaller sizes, which makes them man portable in flat pack form, but can be joined together to create larger areas of storage space.

Flat pack container 20ft long

Bespoke sizes

We can even join up containers to give you extra wide spaces, or we can build new containers, providing wider or narrower widths than the standard 8ft. You can find these in our SlimLine® range or extra wide range.

Used 20ft containers joined

Why not upgrade to new?


"Really good communication from Hannah and Cory."

From Mike Ashe, Chillistick Ltd who ordered a 20ft used container with S2 Original ISO end doors and lock box.

"Price was right. Delivery was on time with excellent lorry driver. Very competent offloading as we had to avoid some overhead wires which I had forgotten!"

From David Nichols Associates Ltd who ordered a 20ft used container with steel personnel door with multi-point lock, plylined and insulated and exterior repainted in RAL 7038 (Agate grey).

"Fantastic service and would definitely use you again."

From Simon Gill who ordered a 20ft used container with S2 Original ISO end doors and a lockbox.

"Excellent service from initial telephone contact through to delivery. Brilliant company."

From Stuart Paul & Sons who ordered a 20ft used container with patio doors, repainted in traffic black, ply lined and insulated with electrics.

"Polite people. Excellent delivery driver. Nothing was to much for him, went above and beyond, even had time for a cuppa coffee."

From FMGRS Sheffield who ordered a 20ft used container with S2 doors, lock box, plylined and insulated.

"Easy to place order with regular updates, delivery driver extremely helpful in placing the container exactly where we requested."

From Our Lady St Edwards RC Primary School

"Excellent customer support from initial enquiry through to delivery and installation."

From Brian King - Jenkinsons, who ordered two used 20ft Containers with S2 Original ISO end doors with a lock box.

"First class service, very helpful staff. Delivery driver was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble to ensure the container went where we wanted it."

From Converge Engineering Limited, who ordered a used 20ft container with S2 doors, additional wide access S5 steel personnel door, louvered vents, electrics and exterior repaint.

"I searched the internet and found 3 sites. Containers Direct blow away the competition from start to finish."

From Alan Stevens of Glendale Managed Services Ltd, who ordered a used 20ft container with shelving and electrics.

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