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20ft shipping containers

The 20ft container is the standard sized shipping container and is the most popular sized container when it comes to sales and hires. The 20ft shipping container is an extremely versatile product that has ample room to provide additional storage for the home, office or building site. They are also available in a variety of conditions and grades from New to Economy. The 20ft containers can also be accessorised in a number of different ways with vents, ramps, shelving, electrics, plumbing and more.

20ft Shipping Container for Sale

The 20ft shipping container is designed and constructed for the transportation of general cargo at sea and on land (road or rail) throughout the world, and will be suitable for the environmental conditions imposed by those modes of transport. All materials used in the construction are able to withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -40C to +70C without effect on container’s strength and watertightness

  • Constructed with steel frames, fully vertically corrugated steel side and end walls, die-stamped corrugated steel roof, wooden or bamboo flooring, corrugated double hinged doors
  • Made from extremely tough Corten Steel
  • Exterior x 3 coats of Paint. Interior 2 x coats of paint
  • Marine Plywood Floor or Bamboo Floor with a Polyurethane Finish
  • Lockbox – For added security (only on new)
  • Full door seals to ensure weather tightness and vermin proof.
  • Forklift Pockets – For onsite moves
  • Easy Open Door or Double Locking Gear

Delivery Options: Swing lift Truck, Hiab truck or Flat deck. Flat deck delivery is the cheapest option but does require the customer to have a site crane or forklift.

NZBOX also stock a range of specialised 20ft shipping containers such as High Cubes and Open Sides. View our Shipping Container range


Length 6058mm, Width 2438mm, Height 2591mm

Inner Dimensions

Length 5900mm, Width 2352mm, Height 2393mm

Our Range

If this shipping container is not quite the right size for your requirements, we have lots of alternative sizes available for sale including 6ft, 7ft, 8ft, 9ft and 10ft containers. Of course, if you are looking for something bigger, we also have 20ft and 40ft containers for hire and sale. Looking for alternative sizes? Check out all our shipping containers for sale or hire or quickly view the most popular sizes below. We also have speciality shipping containers available for sale and hire including High Cube, Reefer, Dangerous Goods, Office Containers and Hospitality Containers.

Frequently asked questions

Do you sell second hand 20ft containers?

Yes, as well as offering new (one way trip) 20ft shipping containers for sale, we also have a range of second hand shipping containers of different grades from Standard to Economy Grade. More information about the different grades can be found above.

What can 20ft containers be used for?

The real question is what can’t 20ft containers be used for. Easily the most commonly used type of container, the 20ft shipping container has been the go-to choice for the transportation and storage of goods for decades. They are also frequently used for container modification and are able to be converted into cafes, bars, restaurants, offices, retail stores, sleep outs, homes and more.

Can I use them for shipping my personal effects overseas or around the country?

Yes, we can assist with both options. For international purposes, your container will need to have the correct certification. All New NZBOX containers come with a standard 5 year international certificate. For second-hand containers we can arrange a 12 month certificate for a small fee. For domestic transport, NZBOX can arrange this anywhere around the country using our container relocations service.

How long will my container last?

With some TLC there is no reason why your container won’t last for as long as you want it to. New containers come with three coats of paint and are basically corrosion free. In the right environment they require little to no attention for a very long time.

Here are some handy tips:

  1. Always elevate your container to allow airflow underneath. We recommend some treated timber as the easiest solution
  2. Place it in a position so the sun can evaporate any water that may pool on the roof from time to time

If buying second hand container then at some stage it would be a good idea to paint the entire container. At the very least, paint the roof using quality paint (we also sell Shipping Grade Paint).

How wide is a 20ft shipping container?

Our 20ft shipping containers are 2,438mm wide on the outside with an internal width of 2,352mm. They are 6,058mm in length externally (5,900mm internal) and 2,591mm high on the outside and 2,393mm on the inside. View all shipping container dimensions.

How many pallets fit in a 20ft container?

The number of pallets you can fit in a 20ft shipping container will depend on the type of pallet you are using, however, you can typically fit 9 or 10 pallets in a 20ft container. Our pallet-wide shipping containers have been specifically designed to accommodate the maximum number of pallets and are also designed with more height (High Cube). Learn more about our 20ft pallet-wide and 40ft pallet-wide containers.

How heavy is a 20ft shipping container?

Our 20ft shipping containers weigh 2,060kg with a payload of 28,420kg.

NZBOX Google Review Products

I have used a 20ft container for moving my household from the North Island to the South Island. A very clean container was provided for me and got 1 week to load it carefully. The same at the other end 1 week for offloading. Stuart is a fantastic person to deal with. Not a single problem. Thanks Stuart.

F GO, March 2024

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