Shipping Containers For Shipping

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Boxhub offers new and upcycled shipping containers that are the perfect solution for transporting goods overseas or on land.

Shop new (one-trip) shipping containers and used cargo-worthy containers with the option of delivery or pickup at a depot near you.

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Using Containers for Shipping

Designed to be watertight, easy to load, and durable, shipping containers are the perfect solution to ship goods both overseas and on land.

Coming in a variety of standardized sizes and capacities, you can choose the specs based on your cargo’s weight or volume.

Shipping Container Sizes

Shipping containers come in several different sizes with standardized capacities. The two most common shipping containers are 20-feet and 40-feet long.

20ft Containers

20ft containers have an internal volume of 1,172ft³. It can store the equivalent of 200 standard mattresses, two compact cars, or 9,000 wine bottles.

This container is ideal if you’re shipping a small volume of heavy cargo, such as commercial or manufacturing equipment and heavy appliances.

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40ft Containers

40ft containers have an internal volume of 2,385ft³. It can store the equivalent of 400 standard mattresses, four compact cars, or 19,200 wine bottles. Its capable of carrying double the volume of a 20-foot container, though not as much weight.

You can use this container to ship bulky, yet lighter goods such as cotton, electronics, and consumer furniture.

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Shipping Container Conditions

Shipping containers come in a variety of different grades, or conditions. Here's how to select the right condition based on your needs.

New or One-trip Containers

These units have only been used once to ship a single load of dry cargo overseas. They're the newest, nicest containers you can buy - and the pricest.

Built to last 25-30 years, they're ideal if you plan to convert your container into an additional living space or long-term storage unit on your property after you've moved into your new home.

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Cargo-Worthy Containers

These units have previously been used, but can still be certified to ship cargo overseas.

While they may show some exterior signs of wear, all of Boxhub’s cargo-worthy containers are inspected for structural integrity, so they’ll work just fine for storing and transporting items while you’re moving house. They’re also less expensive than new containers.

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Other Ways to Use Your Shipping Container

Shipping Containers are designed specifically to store and ship goods by land or by sea, but they can also serve other purposes beyond transporting cargo.

Container for storing cars

Car Storage

Convert your shipping container into a compact garage to store standard cars and seasonal vehicles like snowmobiles, ATVs, and jet skis.

Container for storing furniture

Furniture Storage

Store household furniture - like couches, tables, and dressers - until needed.

Container as storage shed

Storage Shed

Use your container as a durable shed to store gardening equipment and outdoor supplies like lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, and leaf blowers.

Container for general storage

General Self-Storage

Add a shipping container to your property for ad hoc self-storage needs - from sports equipment to seasonal clothes, furniture to appliances.

Container as working/living space

Additional Living and Working Space

Turn your shipping container into an additional living space, office, gym, or even pool after you've used it to ship your goods.

Container used for moving house

Moving House

Store and transport household goods from one property to another in your shipping container.

Container being used for warehousing

Warehousing and Storage

Keep your inventory secure with a shipping container turned product warehouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Containers are a great option for shipping cargo - it's what they were made for. Since they're made of COR-TEN steel and constructed to be wind and watertight, they're extremely durable and can withstand long journeys over land and sea. What's more, they're windowless, one-entry-point design keeps your goods secure and private while they go from one destination to another.

Shipping containers are availabe in a several ststandardized sizes and conditions, making it easy to choose one that best fits your shipping needs. The most readily available sizes are 20-foot shipping containers, which have an internal volume of 1,172ft³, and 40-foot shipping containers, which have an internal volume of 2,385ft³.


Choosing the right size and condition for your containers depends on your cargo and budget. Our 20-foot containers are best suited to ship smalled volumes of cargo, while our 40-foot containers can handle more volume but less weight.


For a more detailed breakdown of container sizes and conditions, check out this helpful guide to choosing the right shipping container.

You can buy shipping containers directly through Boxhub's website or by speaking to a member of our team via phone, email, or live chat. To buy a shipping container online:

Step 1

Visit our online store and enter your delivery zip code.

Step 2

Pick the size and grade of container you'd like to purchase

Step 3

Review your shopping cart and choose your preferred payment method.

Step 4

Validate and complete your purchase.

Questions? Reach out to us on 888-356-2954 at any time.

You need to make sure that your drop-off site is safe and accessible for the delivery driver. They will need enough space to maneuver the truck and offload your shipping container. They will also need a smooth, solid road — surfaces like sand, mud, snow, and loose dirt won’t work for a delivery.


When choosing where you want your shipping container placed, keep in mind that shipping containers used for storage should rest on level, stable surfaces. This prevents the doors from warping and becoming difficult to close.


A cement or asphalt foundation is best, as it will provide a firm, level surface for the container and will stop water from pooling around the bottom. You can also protect your shipping container from groundwater by raising it on level wooden blocks or iron plates.


For more information, check out our guide to preparing for your shipping container delivery.

Standard shipping containers are 8 feet, 6 inches tall. This measurement is true for standard 20-foot and 40-foot containers. High-cube shipping containers are a foot taller than standard shipping containers, measuring 9 feet, 6 inches tall.

The price of shipping containers varies based on their size, condition, and where they're located. For example, a 20-foot container will typically be cheaper than a 40-foot container. A new “one-trip” container — which has only made one trip across the ocean — will be more expensive than a wind and watertight container, which has been retired from shipping after 12-15 years.

To get an estimate of how much your ideal shipping container will cost, request a quote from our team.

Boxhub can help you find shipping containers for sale near you. To get started, visit our online store. Then, pick the size and condition of the container you need. Your search results will reveal pricing for shipping containers that are currently available to purchase close to you.