Buy 40' Shipping Containers Nationwide

How Much Does it Cost to Buy a 40' 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 $1,200, but can cost as much as $3,000 in markets where supply is scarce. One trip 40' containers, which are like new, can cost anywhere from $4,200 to $7,000, depending on availability.

How Do you Buy 40' Shipping Containers?

Not sure how the process works...?  Watch this video to better understand where the shipping containers come from.  And be sure to check out the sample photos before you buy.

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You Choose Container Specs

First select the size, condition, and door direction that meet your needs, then add your selections to the cart and checkout in our secure payment portal. Make sure to check out the sample photos before you buy. Your container is guaranteed not to leak, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee (less trucking costs). Every container we sell is also backed by our one year warranty.

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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 middle-men.  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). Color cannot be selected.

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Pick-up: 2-3 Business Days
Delivery: 4-7 Business Days

After you order, we'll be in touch within one business day to confirm your order and coordinate the logistics. To ensure everyone's safety, only customers with the proper equipment should select intermodal depot pick-up (please allow 2-3 business days for release information). Delivery is optional and calculated at checkout by zip code.  Contact us with any questions, we're always happy to help.

Things to Know Before You Order a Shipping Container

There are a few things to consider before you order a container, the most important is to be ready for delivery. We deliver containers on a roll-off trailer, so you won't need a forklift or a crane to unload at delivery, but you'll need to make sure you've got enough space for delivery and that your site is ready for the truck.

The Trucks are Big

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In order for the driver to be able to safely deliver your container, we'll need an additional 60' of space for the truck and trailer on 40' containers (100' total to deliver a 40' container), and we'll need an additional 40' of space for 20' container (60' total to delivery 20' containers). The truck will be 10' wide, and we'll need an additional foot of space on each side to safely maneuver (12' wide minimum), and will be 13'6" tall when loaded (and up to 16' high when tipped at delivery). Please make sure you've got enough space to deliver your container, and always feel free to contact us with any questions on your site.

The Trucks are Heavy
Delivery: 4-7 Days
Containers are Next Off Stack

Shipping Container Dimensions & Specifications

Shipping containers are held to very specific dimensional standards to ensure they can be safely stacked on top of, and below, any other shipping container in the world. Standard shipping containers are 8' wide, and are measured in TEU's (twenty-foot equivalent units). Ocean cargo containers are held to a rigid standard to ensure that there are no issues during shipping.  Each intermodal shipping container (sometimes called "conex" containers) must be able to not only stack perfectly on a cargo ship, but also lock into chassis trailers safely and securely stack on rail cars.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets the standards for shipping container dimensions (via ISO 668).

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.

A sticker or plate to identify such things as High Cube containers, hazardous cargo, or other such labels.  High Cube shipping containers will also have yellow decals at the top of the frame on each end, to make the extended height more noticeable. High Cube containers have an outside height of 9'6" (one foot taller than standard shipping containers, which are 8'6" tall).

We've Got a Lot of Happy Customers

"Very simple process & pricing. Representatives are quick and responsive, and there is immediate follow-up to ensure the purchase is correct and shipping is taken care of."

Thayer M. - Surry, VA

"Renting from you guys was exactly the way I like to do business. Fast, simple, to the point! Everything happened exactly as your web site said it would. If every company I worked with did business like you guys the world would be a happier place! Thanks again and I look forward to working with you in the future."

Jeremy G. - Nashville, TN

"Great experience. I knew nothing about containers, read the info, called with questions and all were answered. Bought 2, they scheduled the delivery service. The driver was very helpful with the delivery and the containers were in great shape. Nothing more I could have expected. Thanks to everyone for making it so easy. :)"

Joe V. - Lake Elsinore, CA

"Very friendly customer service, no hidden fees or nonsense billing issues and quick delivery made it a great experience. If another container is needed we'll buy again from Western Container Sales."

Elitot B. - Henderson, KY

"Thank you! Very smooth rental process. The delivery was prompt and the driver did a great job of getting it where we wanted it. We are very pleased with the container as well. Thank you!"

Michael C. - Houston, TX

"Arrived on time and as described and the driver did a great job. Thanks!"

Kathy R. - Saint Joseph, MO

"...the on-line process was very simple and the containers arrived on time. The skilled driver delivered them with professionalism and expertise."

Donnie H. - Nashville, TN

"Reps were very helpful arranging delivery of storage container. Driver was also prompt and helpful with delivery."

Paul K. - Greeley, CO

"You guys are great. The process is super easy and your staff is great to deal with! Thank you!"

Bartosz S. - Lincolnwood, IL

"Delivered the box when you said you would, the driver was courteous, professional and nailed the drop. Thumbs up!"

Ken M. - Herald, CA

How Do Steel Storage Containers Compare to PODS?

Compare Western Container Sales 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 fiberglass, aluminum and plastic, and designed to be moved while loaded.  In contrast, Western Container Sales rentals are re-purposed used shipping containers (all steel construction, with wood floors over steel cross members). Overall, steel shipping containers are a heavy duty alternative to PODS storage containers.

PODS Will Move Loaded Containers, We Won't...

While Western Container Sales offers steel storage containers in sizes up to 40' in length, PODS offers smaller, 8', 12' and 16' storage units with aluminum and plastic exteriors. Steel shipping containers are difficult to load/unload without the heavy equipment found at ports and depots, but PODS units are small enough to be easily managed with light duty lifts. Western Container Sales does not move loaded units, so if you need your container moved after it's loaded PODS or similar companies might be a better option. However, if you need storage at your location we offer larger, all steel containers. Our cost per square foot is almost always lower, as well.

What Makes Western Container Sales Different?

We're one of the largest buyers of used shipping containers in North America.  By working directly with some of the largest intermodal shipping container companies in the world, we help our customers leverage our buying power and quality standards to buy quality shipping containers at a fair price. We also believe in providing up-front and transparent pricing. We're proud to have helped thousands of customers buy conex containers and rent storage containers throughout North America.

We know what a hassle it can be to call for a shipping container quote. Or 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, our shipping container prices are posted online.  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.