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20ft Used Shipping Containers

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. Offering great value for money, FG (furniture grade) 20ft used shipping containers are one of our most popular products. 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. 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.

Your choice of four door types

A choice of upgrades

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. 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. All our used 20ft shipping containers for sale will all have been 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 FG 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.

Your 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. The price to repaint a second hand 20ft container in a standard RAL colour - £190.00 plus VAT

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. 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 40ft shipping containers are often used to cut down 20 ft long sections. If you need something smaller we can also cut down to sections creating used 10ft shipping containers for sale. New doors and end walls are then manufactured, using high gauge steel, matching corrugated metal panels which are fully seam welded to create new 20fts. The focus is always on quality production and customer choice. Learn more about how cut down containers are made.

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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, from offices to workshops, garages to pop-up shops, chemical stores and much more.
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.
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. You can find these in our SlimLine® range or extra wide range.


From Sue Brooks; Brooks Transport
"My initial enquiry to Cory Fairhurst gave me complete confidence in the spec, price + delivery of the container I was looking for. Lauren Mcintosh organised delivery & my communication with the transport. Overall I cannot fault the service I received from Containers Direct & would have no reservation in recommending their excellent service in all departments."Read all testimonials here!

Quality Used

Shipping Containers for Sale – Range 20ft to 30ft long

Come to us for ANY length, right up to 45ft long! We believe in freedom of choice, so why settle for 24ft long when a 21ft or a 28ft container is the solution for you? We can cut to any length using original size shipping containers to cut down to any size.

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Considering buying New? Our 20ft to 30ft long range comes with affordable price tags.

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