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Used 40ft Shipping Containers For Sale

Containers Direct hold good stocks of competitively priced quality used 40ft shipping containers in supply depots strategically located throughout the UK. We dispatch from all major cities including London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham, enabling us to deliver quickly using the cheapest local delivery rates. 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. Generous levels of stock also means we'll never keep you waiting for your order, or charge "over the odds" for delivery. 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.

Your choice of four door types

Manufactured from heard-wearing, strong Corten steel they are unrivalled in terms of strength, cost and security so it is common-place for 40ft used shipping containers to be used as secure, anti-vandal, watertight storage containers. We also use them to cut down into smaller sizes to create, for example, used 10ft shipping containers, or the used 20ft shipping container. However, as you would expect from one of the main suppliers to UK shipping agents, we also supply 40 foot ISO containers which are CSC plated and certified for export. Furthermore, our thriving in-house container conversions department requires a good supply of 40 ft second hand and new containers to complete our clients' projects. Their size allows us to cut them down and modify them to suit individual requirements, from a simple job such as fitting of doors in the side to portable container site offices, through to full-scale high end conversions. Metal boxes are a quick and easy to convert, great value compared to more traditional building structures, and can be joined together to create larger more versatile spaces. Buy from us and get a 12 month guarantee to give you confidence in your purchase.

Optional Extras

Recommended for 40ft Used Shipping Containers


We 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.

Perfect for Conversions

Containers 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.
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.


"Very helpful team, who aren't scared to go the extra mile to ensure they provide a great service."

Westcountry Schools Trust

"A good buying experience. Plenty of choices and costs and this was all dealt with in a friendly way and efficiently backed up by emails. You were brilliant! The delivery driver was friendly and had to take his drag trailer off to get up the road in the dark. Plenty of difficult maneuvering which he did expertly. He placed it perfectly. I'm very pleased with the overall service and I'd definitely recommend Containers Direct. One of the good companies out there! Keep up the good work!

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

Andrew Jenkins (Managing Director) FRONTIER FORESTRY LTD Read all testimonials here!

Quality Used

Shipping Containers for Sale - Range 31ft to 40ft long

We specialise in supplying containers to any length up to 45ft! By cutting down a full size shipping container we can achieve your required length.

In this range, our second hand 40ft shipping containers are our top sellers given that they are a standard shipping container size! We always have a wide selection of 40ft containers in stock, and we can provide fast delivery.

Containers Direct believe in freedom of choice, so why settle for a standard 40ft when a 35ft or a 32ft container is the perfect solution? We cut to ANY length!

All quality used 31ft to 40ft containers come with:
Upgrade to New for less than you think. Find our more about our 40ft new shipping containers.

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