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40ft shipping containers

We have a great range of 40ft shipping containers for sale, the largest type available for sale or hire in New Zealand. Traditionally, 40ft containers have been an extremely cost-effective option for the transport of large quantities of goods. In recent years, they’ve also increasingly become an appealing storage solution for homeowners, farmers and businesses housing everything from furniture and household items to cars, farming vehicles, documents and office equipment.

40ft Shipping Container for Sale

The 40ft 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. 40ft containers are available as standard height or high cube.

  • 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 40FT shipping containers such as Flat Racks and Reefers. View our full Shipping Container range


Length 12200mm, Width 2438mm, Height 2591mm

Inner Dimensions

Length 12035mm, 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

What are 40ft containers used for?

40ft containers are often the preferred choice for the transportation of large quantities of lightweight goods. It’s a more cost-effective and practical choice than otherwise requiring two 20ft containers. For heavier items and equipment, a 20ft container would be more suitable as the payload is greater when compared to a 40ft container.

Are 40ft containers that common?

40ft containers are extremely common and combined with 20ft containers make up over 80% of the total number of containers in the world. As previously mentioned, it’s an ideal transportation and storage solution choice for large quantities of typically consumable goods.

Can 40ft containers be modified?

Yes, 40ft containers can be modified like 10ft and 20ft containers. Because of their size, they are quite often used in architectural projects like container offices, retail parks and container homes. It offers a great amount of space giving you great flexibility of creativity.

Should I buy a 40ft standard height or high cube and what is the difference?

It really comes down to what you are storing and if you actually need the extra head room? High cubes have an extra 300mm which across the span of a 40ft adds a considerable amount of volume. Standard height containers, however, are always cheaper to buy and are more likely to have special offers so if you are looking to save a few dollars and the extra volume is neither here no there then standard height are the better choice.

How wide is a 40ft shipping container?

Our 4oft shipping containers are the largest containers we offer at OZBOX (including our 40ft high cube and pallet-wide models). Our standard 40ft shipping container is 2,438mm wide on the outside and 2,352mm wide on the inside. It has a length of 12,200mm on the outside and 12,035mm on the inside. Our standard 40ft containers are 2,591mm high on the outside and 2,393mm on the inside.

How many pallets fit in a 40ft shipping container?

The number of pallets that fit in a 40ft shipping container will depend on the type of pallet being used. A 40ft container can fit between 20-24 pallets. Most typically here in Australia, you can expect to fit 20 standard pallets in a standard 40ft container. Our specially designed pallet-wide shipping containers are built to fit more pallets and use the space more efficiently. Learn more about our 40ft pallet-wide containers.

How heavy is a 40ft shipping container?

Our standard 40ft shipping container weighs 3,510kg. It has a payload of 26,970kg.

NZBOX Google Review Products

We made contact via social media to enquire about 2 x 40ft containers to create a container shed. Reuben replied within 24 hrs and provided us with options to choose from and answered all our questions. Once we had selected what we wanted, payment instructions and delivery to prepared site was completed in full within 7 days. Containers were delivered by a fantastic team of operators! They were patient and professional, ensuring containers were accurately in place. All round great service, competitively priced and a quality product. Thanks so much to Reuben and his team! Highly recommend!

Cara O’Connor, January 2024

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