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Second Hand 12ft Shipping Containers

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Containers Direct specialise in producing great value 12ft used shipping containers by taking good quality second hand ISO containers and adapting them for use as a storage container. Because shipping containers are built for withstanding the rigours of shipping and the carrying of heavy loads these metal boxes give unrivalled strength and security, certainly compared to most other storage containers that are available for sale. Shipping containers are made as new to a narrow range of standard sizes, mainly 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers, so to produce a 12 ft unit we cut them down in our workshops. The process of cutting down to smaller units means manufacturing new doors, or a new steel end wall, in order to complete our 12ft used shipping containers. We can also make new 12ft containers in this way. When we modify these containers it's a great opportunity for us to offer to our clients a unique choice of four distinct door types, each with its own merits. Explore the four standard products below, where you can find more information on which doors would be best for your project.

Some clients prefer to have side door containers, which we can fit as an alternative to end doors, or as an addition. This is a relatively low cost and simple procedure. A 12ft used shipping container can be converted for purposes other than storage. For instance, a simple personnel door and ply lining can be added to make a small workshop, or melamine lining and a hatch, or roller shutter, for a pop-up catering business. We can also install electrics, or add a ramp for easy loading. Our range of modifications to 12 foot containers are carried out by our own skilled, in-house workforce and are offered at prices that reflect our commitment to quality and value. With no contractors or middle-men to pay, when you buy a refurbished steel container from Containers Direct, you get the cheapest deals and the confidence of a 12 month watertight guarantee.

Benefits of 12ft 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.


We provide an exterior repaint in rubberised marine paint for all second hand shipping containers under 20ft as standard.


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

Free with ALL 12ft Used Containers


The price of 12ft second hand containers includes exterior re-spraying with our specialist rubberised container paint, in a choice of standard RAL colours.Please note, for very light or bright paint options there is a supplementary charge.


All our 12ft containers come with a steel lockbox, which protects the padlock from tampering (usual retail price £55).

The Build Process

Containers Direct manufacture the 12 foot container in-house in their fabrication depot and deliver across the UK on discounted weekly runs. This process involves taking 40ft or 20ft used shipping containers and cutting them down to make 12ft containers. We add either new doors or walls, or sometimes both, manufactured using high gauge steel amd matching corrugated metal panels. We then fully seam weld the components together to create 12fts! Our emphasis on quality manufacture makes these the UK's best-selling 12 ft second hand container. Learn more about how cut down containers are made.

12ft Container Dimensions

Container TypeLengthWidthHeight
12ft DV12ft8ft8ft6
12ft High Cube12ft8ft9ft6

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 12ft can be!


Have a container conversion project in mind? The 12ft container offers a neat space to turn into a small office space, chemical store, or toilets and much more. Tell us what you need and we can design and build it from a used 12ft container.
Flat pack option

Flat pack containers come in three sizes and can be easily transported and assembled in spaces unsuitable for full size, pre-constructed units.

Wider, narrower or even longer or shorter!

Need something a bit different from standard size ranges? Extra wide and SlimLine® containers are purpose built to any width you require, and our cut down containers can give you any length, however big or small.


From Peter Richardson at Groundwork Landscapes Limited, after the purchase of a container with original doors, for Granville Respite and Care Home.

"Good product, good price, good service"

Read all testimonials here!

Quality Used

Shipping Containers for Sale - Range 11ft to 19ft long

We specialise in supplying shipping containers to any length up to 45ft! For sizes between 11ft to 19ft we cut down from full size to the required length.

From our quality used 11ft to 19ft range 15ft containers second hand are the best sellers. We always hold a wide selection of these in stock for quick dispatch, along with our popular 12ft containers second hand and 16ft containers second hand.

Need a different size? At Containers Direct we believe in freedom of choice, so why settle for a standard 15ft length when a 14ft or a 17ft container would be the perfect solution? We cut to ANY length!

Standard features of our quality used 11ft to 19ft range:

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