40ft Shipping Containers for Sale

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40 Foot Shipping Containers for Sale Nationwide

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How Much Does it Cost to Buy a 40ft Shipping Container

Used shipping containers are sold at the end of their useful life, and 40′ shipping containers are the most common. Used 40′ containers start as low as $1,750, but containers can cost as much as $3,500 in markets where supply is scarce.

One trip 40′ containers, which are like new, can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $7,900, depending on availability. During container shortages, we’ve seen prices more than double those averages in many markets.

How to Buy a 40-foot Shipping Container

Buying a 40′ shipping container is a seamless process with our efficient system. Our streamlined approach guarantees a hassle-free experience, allowing you to book and receive delivery of your 40′ storage container within a matter of days.

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We Source Your Shipping Container

Then we source your shipping containers directly from intermodal cargo circulation. We work directly with the largest intermodal container suppliers, so you avoid paying unnecessary middlemen.  After your order is placed, you’ll receive a confirmation email. You then get the next container off the stack that meets your criteria. We guarantee the doors, floors, and roof (but not the cosmetic condition). 

Unfortunately, you cannot select the color of your container, however, if you order more than 1 container, we do our best to ensure all your containers are the same color for uniformity.

Things to Know Before You Order a 40ft Shipping Container

Before purchasing a 40-foot shipping container, it’s essential to prepare for its delivery. Our containers are transported using a roll-off trailer, which eliminates the need for a forklift or crane to unload them. However, you must ensure there is adequate space at your location for the delivery and that the site is properly prepared to accommodate the truck.

The Trucks Need Plenty of Space to Deliver a Shipping Container

We need 80′ of additional space in order to deliver a 40′ shipping container (120′ of total space), plus room for the truck to maneuver. Please make sure you’ve got space for delivery.

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The Trucks are Heavy and Need a Firm Surface

The truck delivering your container can weigh over 45,000 pounds. If the delivery site is on a soft surface like dirt or grass, ensure it can support the weight of such a heavy vehicle.

Plan on Delivery in 4-7 Business Days

We’ll coordinate with professional local haulers and be in touch with your delivery date within 1 business day of your order being placed (the driver will call when they’re en route). If you have a specific delivery date in mind, please let us know during the checkout process. 

Used Shipping Containers are “Next Off Stack”

Please note that used containers are next off the stack at the intermodal depot, and color cannot be selected. Make sure to check out the sample photos prior to placing your order.

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Used Shipping Container Conditions

Used 20ft shipping containers come in a wide variety of conditions. The most common are One Trip, Cargo Worthy (CWO), and Wind & Water Tight (WWT). There are also “As Is” Containers, which we do not sell because they are usually damaged, and thus cannot be guaranteed. As well as containers repaired to IICL (Institute of International Container Lessors) standards.

While we don’t offer IICL containers as an option, we do sometimes sell IICL condition containers. Our experience has been that containers repaired to IICL standards are in excellent structural condition, but don’t look cosmetically different than CWO or WWT containers (and, due to dents often being patched/welded instead of simply pounded out, IICL containers can sometimes look less visually appealing than their wind and water tight or cargo worthy counterparts.

Please Note: All used containers will have rust/dents. Make sure to check out the sample photos prior to making your purchase. No matter the grade, every container we sell is guaranteed to be structurally sound and comes with our three-year warranty.

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Shipping Container Dimensions & Specifications

You can find the internal and external shipping container dimensions for every size container we sell on this page. There’s also more information about shipping containers, for instance, what’s listed on intermodal shipping container doors is standardized so that the container can be handled at any port in the world. 

From the manufacturer information on the CSC plate to the size & capacity information, to the container identification number, everything is standardized on a shipping container. Furthermore, to ensure the same equipment can safely handle the containers anywhere in the world, shipping containers are held to a very specific set of specifications and dimensions.

More Information About Shipping Containers

The information listed on intermodal shipping container doors is standardized so that the container can be handled at any port in the world. From the manufacturer information on the CSC plate, to the size & capacity information, to the container identification number, everything is standardized on a shipping container. Furthermore, to ensure the same equipment can safely handle the containers anywhere in the world, shipping containers are held to a very specific set of specifications and dimensions.

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Why Don’t We Make You Call for a Shipping Container Quote?

We know what a hassle it can be to call for a shipping container quote, as well as how annoying it can be to fill out a form on what appears to be a conex container rental site and consequently be bombarded with salespeople from third party companies because your information was sold as a lead.  Unlike the big guys, we offer shipping containers for sale online with prices posted on our website.  Why do we do this when other companies won’t? Simple, we know our prices are fair, and well below what you’d see with our large corporate competitors.

Western Container Sales will get you a fair price for a used shipping container sourced directly from global intermodal equipment providers, pulled from their inventories at your nearest intermodal depot. Because the containers were recently moving cargo, we know they won’t leak and we guarantee it.  Check out our current shipping container prices (please note they do change with inventory levels). We also make renting steel storage containers just as easy, with our online rental order form.

How Do Steel Storage Containers Compare to PODS?

The largest nationwide portable storage company is PODS (Portable On Demand Storage). While both PODS and Western Container Sales offer nationwide portable storage rentals, there are some key differences.

Primarily that PODS containers are smaller, lighter units that are made from a combination of steel, fiberglass, aluminum, and plastic, and designed to be moved while loaded.  In contrast, our rentals are re-purposed used shipping containers (all steel construction, with wood floors over steel cross members). Overall, steel shipping containers are a larger and heavy-duty alternative to standard PODS storage containers. PODS now offers an all-steel 16 ft container.

Get a 10% Discount with PODS

We don’t offer moving service, but we’ve partnered with PODS to offer their services to our customers that need moving and storage. Use the link below to get a 10% discount with PODS.


How many cars can fit in a 40 ft container?

Between 2 – 4 vehicles can fit in a 40 foot shipping container, depending on the size of the cars in question.

How many boxes fit in a 40-foot container?

A standard pallet can hold 60 boxes. Since a 40-foot container can typically accommodate 20 pallets, this means you can fit an average of 1,200 boxes in a 40-foot container.

How big is the floor of a 40ft container?

A standard 40-foot shipping container measures 40 feet in length, 8 feet in width, and 8.5 feet in height. The interior dimensions are slightly smaller, with a length of 39.5 feet, a width of 7.7 feet, and a height of 7.9 feet.