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16ft Containers Second Hand

ISO steel shipping containers are not manufactured from new in a 16 ft length, as odd sizes are not compatible with the intermodal systems designed to transport sea containers. However, as shipping containers also make excellent quality storage containers offering strength and security, Containers Direct see no reason why these should be restricted to 20ft containers and 40ft containers, which are standard sizes. We set up our own container conversion workshops to modify containers to make superb storage units for sale, with 16ft used shipping containers being a popular size, particularly with schools, clubs and for personal, domestic storage. When you buy 16ft used shipping containers you not only get value for money, as the cost of second hand is cheaper than new 16ft containers, but a guarantee from Containers Direct that your metal unit will be strong, secure and watertight. We also give you the cheapest delivery rates available, direct from our nearest depot to your location. The 16ft comes with our industry leading choice of four doors types, the S1 is very popular with schools and clubs were frequent use is required as we build them to be easy to operate for mixed users.

What else are 16ft used shipping containers good for? Not just for storage! They are very easy to convert for so many different uses and applications with either a few basic procedures like condensation prevention and electrics, or high end features such as patio doors and air conditioning. We make everything from offices to workshops, catering units to chemical stores. Or containers can simply be refurbished with features such as doors in the side, a roller shutter and a ramp to give you a luxury end storage unit. All modifications are carried out in our own site workshops, giving quality workmanship at affordable prices.

Optional Extras

Free with ALL 16ft Used Shipping Containers


All of our 16ft used shipping containers includes an exterior re-paint using 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.


16ft used containers come with a steel lockbox, which protects the padlock from tampering (usual retail price £55).

The Build Process

We build the 16 foot container in our in-house manufacturing depot, with deliveries across the UK on a weekly basis. Cut down containers are made by taking a 40ft used shipping container and cutting it down to size. With new doors and walls manufactured on site, using high gauge steel and matching corrugated metal panels, fully seam welded together, our quality 16ft containers are the UK's best sellers!

16ft Container Dimensions

Container TypeLengthWidthHeight
16ft DV16ft8ft8ft6
16ft High Cube16ft8ft9ft6

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 16ft can be!


Container conversions are all the rage these days. Impress your clients with a pop-up shop, mobile catering unit, or finally get that office space you need at an affordable cost.
Flat pack option

Our flat pack containers solve the problem of siting a storage container in areas inaccessible delivery lorries. Delivered on a flatbed truck they are fully man portable before assembly.
Bespoke Sizes

Not only do we give you the choice of length you require, but we can build containers to any width too. Go longer, shorter, wider or narrower with Containers Direct. Wider spaces can be achieved by a new build, or by joining up containers, which are very popular with our garage builds. Our SlimLine® range caters for any width narrower than 8ft.


"The container looks fine and am happy to go with it, must say you guys are on the ball with customer service both you and the girls kept in touch through out very professional."

Cheers, Brian

"Straightforward transaction, handled in a professional manner. Very helpful and friendly delivery driver. All as expected!"

From John Smith Retail Ltd, who bought a used 16ft container fitted with a personnel door in the side.

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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