Shipping & Storage Containers for Sale in Des Moines, IA

Secure your belongings in Des Moines, Iowa, with shipping containers for every season. Whether it's the heat of summer or the chill of winter, we've made it easy to purchase a shipping container. Simply browse our selection online or fill out a form to receive personalized buying support from our team.


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New & Used Shipping Containers For Sale in Des Moines, Iowa

Boxhub is a leading supplier of new (one-trip) and used (wind and watertight) shipping containers in Des Moines and throughout Iowa. Rooted in tradition yet forward in thinking, our shipping containers for sale in Des Moines bring the best of both worlds.

Our 20ft and 40ft conex boxes come in standard and high cube sizes and are perfect for setting up a farm storage or an urban cafe that blends the modern urban life and Iowa's rich farming traditions.

Whether you're buying a shipping container for residential purposes or wholesale for commercial purposes, our team of container experts is here to make your container buying process as seamless as possible.

We will assist you in sourcing and delivering the best shipping container that suits your lifestyle and budget within 5 business days. So, get started today and make the most of our top-notch services.

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Shipping Containers For Sale
20ft New Container
From $2,700
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40ft New Container
From $4,500
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20ft Used Container
From $1,800
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Why Boxhub?
Boxhub is the online platform that makes it easy for anyone to buy containers and have them delivered, all from the comfort of their home.
America's #1 Marketplace
We are the leading provider of new and used shipping containers in 40+ markets across the nation.
Fast Delivery Times
Our standard delivery timeline is within 5 business days, with rush delivery available in most markets.
Personalized Buying Support
Our container specialists can help you choose the right type of container for your project. They’re always just a call, text, email, or chat message away.
Our Customers Love Us
We've earned a 4.9-star rating on Google and Trustpilot, and are rated “Excellent” by our customers.
Customer Testimonials

Thousands of happy customers have chosen Boxhub as their container supplier of choice.

Seamless Process
From quote to information on all their different containers to delivery Boxhub made it easy and seamless every step of the way
Jessica Edwards
Feb 24, 2024
Best Prices And Quick Easy Delivery
Best prices and quick easy delivery. Clean and ready to go. Will contact in future if another box is needed!
Jack M. Owings, IV
Feb 16, 2024
Great Customer Service
Great customer service. Containers shipped on time. Exactly what I was expecting.
Bryan DiSpirito
Jan 30, 2024
Great Experience with Great Results
I had a great experience with the ordering process, and the delivery of my first box was on point. My first box was delivered on time...Great job Boxhub!
Deputy Chief Carrington
Jan 15, 2024
Shipping Container Rules & Regulations in Des Moines, IA
Shipping container rules and regulations in Des Moines, Iowa, are subject to various authorities and guidelines. Here are some key points to consider:

Zoning Regulations: It is essential to consult the local zoning code to ensure compliance with local regulations regarding the use of shipping containers in Des Moines, IA.

Temporary Storage Containers: In Des Moines, temporary storage containers are permitted in any zoning district when used for loading or unloading. Containers are allowed on site for a specific time period. A Temporary Use Permit may be required for certain temporary uses, such as outdoor entertainment, outdoor sales, or storage containers.
Container Homes: Shipping container homes are legal in Iowa, including Des Moines, as long as they comply with local building codes and zoning laws. You typically need a permit to build or modify a shipping container for use as a container home or other habitable spaces in Iowa.

Construction and Development Permits: If you plan to use shipping containers for construction or development purposes, you may need to obtain permits from the City of Des Moines. The city's official website provides guidelines and applications for various types of construction and development projects.
For specific regulations and requirements related to your project, it is recommended to consult with the appropriate local authorities, such as the City of Des Moines's Building Inspections Department or the Des Moines Caddo Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission.
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Frequently Asked Questions

In Des Moines shipping containers can be used for several purposes, including but not limited to:

Container Bars: Containers make for great eco-friendly restaurants and bars in Des Moines.

Airbnbs: Want to see how people are modifying shipping containers to rent on Airbnb? Check out The Top 10 Airbnb Container Homes from Around the World.

Farm Storage: Wind and watertight shipping containers are a great way to keep animal feed dry during inclement weather and safe from rodents, insects, or even farm cats. You can also modify your container with insulation kits to create a temperature-controlled space for storing livestock medication.

Container Pools: That’s right — you can make a shipping container swimming pool. These solid, reliable units can easily be converted into 20- or 40-foot lagoon-like pools with zero digging, planning permission, or major work.

To learn more about how you can use a shipping container for residential or commercial purposes, check out this blog post.

We offer a range of 20ft and 40ft shipping containers for sale in Des Moines, IA. Here are the two main conditions of shipping containers we have in inventory:

New containers, also known as “one-trip” have been used once to ship a single load of dry cargo on their journey to the U.S. and they show very few visible signs of wear.

These containers are an ideal choice if:

1. You plan to place your container in a highly visible area.

2. You plan to use it for building a tiny home, office, or cabin.

3. You plan to associate it with a customer-facing business like a winery or public park.

If you purchase a new container through Boxhub, you’re protected by a 5-year condition guarantee.

Used containers have spent an average of 12-18 years at sea — sometimes longer with clear evidence of their many ocean journeys.

They are a good, cost-effective option if you’re buying a container for:

1. Static storage

2. Non-dwelling purposes

3. International shipping (this requires CSC inspection, which is an additional cost)

Boxhub offers a 1-year condition guarantee on all used containers. This increases to two years for units eligible for international shipping.

If you need help choosing a shipping container, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you.

There are two ways in which you can buy a shipping container in Des Moines with Boxhub: online or through our sales team.

1. Buy a shipping container online Buying a container on our website is simple — just like ordering a product from Amazon. You can visit our 20ft container page or 40ft container page and click “Add to cart”, or you can compare different products (and pricing) here.

Our container-buying guide provides guidance on container dimensions and common industry terminology, while our knowledge base can answer frequently asked questions about the purchasing and delivery process.

2. Buy a shipping container via our sales team Prefer someone else to do all the heavy lifting? We’re here to help. Simply give us a call at 1-888-356-2954 and our shipping container specialists will help you find the right shipping container for your property and project.

In Des Moines, IA, pricing varies based on the container size, container condition, and delivery location. For the most accurate pricing information, we recommend visiting our website or you can reach out to one of our container specialists.

Shipping container homes are becoming a growing trend in Des Moines’s real estate market. To better understand how to build a shipping container home step-by-step, check out this guide (and don’t be afraid to keep it bookmarked; you’re always welcome to refer back to it).

When you buy 5 or more containers from Boxhub, you can enjoy a volume discount of 5% off. We also provide a veterans discount for container purchases of any size. From time to time, we offer market-specific discounts for a limited period.

To find out if we have any special deals in your area, please give us a call at 1-888-356-2954.

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