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Second Hand 40ft Shipping Containers

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40ft used container S1 doors
40ft container S2 doors

40ft container S3 doors
40ft container S4 doors
If you're looking for a second hand used 40ft container for sale, Containers Direct always have a large stock of quality containers available to suit all budgets. Containers Direct are one of the UK's main buyers of second hand used 40ft containers direct from the shipping lines and this purchasing power enables us to pass on low prices to our customers, along with offering a wide choice of boxes.

We dispatch from storage depots located throughout the UK, in major cities including London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham, enabling us to deliver quickly using the cheapest local delivery rates. Generous levels of stock also means we'll never keep you waiting for your order, and means our prices are among the most competitive on the UK shipping container market.

While 40ft used shipping containers are one of our most popular sellers, we also offer new 40ft shipping containers and refurbished boxes. At Containers Direct we offer the 40ft with our usual option of four different door types, with the S2 as the best seller in this range and available for dispatch from 32 UK wide depots. We also offer an extensive range of accessories and extras, such as shelving units and electrical hookups.

Benefits of 40ft 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.

Optional Extras

ply lining
cladded shipping container
electrical installation
container shelving
compressed door seals
container padlock
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Recommended for 40ft Used Shipping Containers


repainting a shipping container in actionWe would always recommend an exterior repaint with our specialist rubberised container paint for used shipping containers.


We would suggest adding a lockbox to your container, which protects the padlock from tampering. Price to add a lockbox - £55.00 plus VAT.

40ft Container Dimensions

40ft DV40ft8ft8ft6
40ft HC40ft8ft9ft6

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

Perfect for Conversions

container welding in actionContainers Direct offer a full scale conversion service from our in-house fabrication depot. Having our own conversion facilities in-house means we can offer the most competitive prices and the highest levels of quality for your conversion projects. Given that 40ft containers are a standard size, they are often a popular base to begin a conversion project, along with used 20ft shipping containers, whether you're looking for a pop-up shop, bespoke workshop, container office or chemical store. For more inspiration, check out our favourite Case Studies.

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See how versatile the 40ft can be!

Flat pack option

Where space is limited and access restricted, see our flat pack containers. These units are completely modular meaning they can be extended in length and width to form larger units!

flat pack shipping containers
Bespoke sizes

We can even join up containers to give you extra wide spaces - perfect for the extra space required in garages and larger offices. Alternatively we can build new containers, providing wider or narrower widths than the standard 8ft, such as from our SlimLine® range or extra wide range.

extra wide shipping containers

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Thanks for your excellent and friendly service from the initial phone call to delivery. It has been a joy dealing with you guys."

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