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20' Shipping Containers for Sale

26.11.2013 - Posted by Updated On 26.11.2013    

Nearly every shipping line and leasing company on provides 20' shipping containers for sale in either new, or used, condition. In general, most new containers are similar in terms of condition, with a few differences in features and color. Used 20'shipping containers can vary greatly in condition, color, and features. Both new and used containers are great starting blocks for storage facilities, modular home conversions, storm shelters and bunkers, even hunting cabins. To get the best shipping container for your project be sure and ask as many upfront questions as possible, and you'll be sure to find a great deal.

New 20' Shipping Containers for Sale

New 20' shipping containers, or "one trippers" as their commonly referred to in the industry, have been used one time to transport goods from China to somewhere in the United States or Canada; most likely the city where you purchased it from.

New shipping containers are normally painted a neutral color like almond/tan, or ivory/white, and come equipped with standard features such as:

  • High Locking Gear: "High locking gear" which means that the door handles and locking mechanism are waist high, so the end user won't need to bend over to open or lock the doors.
  • Lock Box: The lock box is a house for the lock that prevents it from being tampered with or having the shank cut off. As an anti-theft deterrent lock boxes are very effective.
  • Fork Lift Pockets: For lift pockets make it easier for the container to be moved around a container yard or storage site. They ensure that the container is picked up at the proper place and guide the forks to the most stable place to carry the container.
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New 20' Shipping Container
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New 20' Shipping Container
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Used 20' Shipping Container
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Used 20' Shipping Container

Used 20' Shipping Containers for Sale

Used 20' shipping containers are different from new 20' containers, as each one has lived a very different life and has been managed and been cared for differently. It's possible to find really cheap shipping containers that are a great value, but it's also possible to find a cheap shipping container that's only worth the salvage value of the steel it's constructed of. It's best to ask the right questions, get pictures, and make an informed decision based on your specific needs.

  • Condition and Age: Used shipping containers are typically 10-15 years old and have been in service for the majority of their life. If the shipping container has been well maintained, there should be no problems with it. If the container has been damaged and repaired many times, you'll want to take your time inspecting the container and look for any signs of damage that may need attention in the future before you buy it.
  • Color/Paint: Most used shipping containers are painted to match the corporate identity of the shipping line or leasing company that owned and managed it. The color of used shipping container can vary from blue and maroon, to orange and red. Depending on what city you are located in there may be more of one color available than another, based on the shipping line that provides the most service to that city.
  • Extra Features: Most used shipping containers, either 20' or 40', don't come equipped with aftermarket features like lock boxes and forklift pockets. Since the shipping line doesn't need these features, they save on the additional cost and weight and opt out of having them installed. Aftermarket shipping container parts can be purchased online at

Where to Find 20' Shipping Containers for Sale

20' shipping containers, or nearly any other size for that matter, can be found for sale in most major cities around the United States and Canada. Moving a container to your location, or "repositioning" it, can be expensive, so it's recommended to search online for shipping containers for sale in your area. Once your find out what's available then you can decide if you want new, used or the size of unit that you need. is an online marketplace for new and used shipping containers. Shipping lines and leasing companies around the world regularly sell their off-hire and out of service containers to wholesalers, dealers, retail users, and companies that redeploy them for intermodal shipping, or as storage units, modular housing components, or for other purposes. Search for shipping containers for sale in your area on to find the best deals available.

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