8ft Shipping containers are not used to move freight around the world, for this reason we don’t typically offer a basic used range are there are no volume suppliers for this size of container. We do offer new and refurbished ranges of 8ft Shipping Containers. New 8ft containers are factory built in china and shipped into the UK inside a 10ft container. this does mean they are a little less than the standard 8ft width. Refurbished 8ft shipping containers are made by cutting down a larger 20ft or 40ft container into sections. We do also occasionally have available European built 8ft containers which are galvanised steel. Its important to mention our refurbished containers do have some new panels made from new sheets of mild steel which is given a marine grade repaint to help longevity. When rust forms on Corten steel the rust layer itself is non-porous and won’t let water soak through. As standard they come with a single set of double doors at one end with the right-hand door opening first. Numbers of locking bars will vary depending on which type of 8ft you have – Refurbished, New/One Trip or Galvanised.
Our Galvanised units, much like the new units from China, have had one trip into the country (although whereas Corten steel new containers come via sea these Galvanised units come via road from eastern Europe) so there can be a dent or imperfection consistent with its initial trip. With our refurbished range being freshly painted in your choice of colour. There will be dents under the paint work, you’ll get a solid smart overall finish.
Each container come with a good plywood floor. Underneath this layer is an industrial quality bitumen based waterproofing layer, and then heavy cross-members underneath take the strain when it’s being lifted with cargo. The internal floor line is raised 6-8 inches from the external floor. The marine treated ply is treated to protect against infestation by bugs and insects. (Galvanised units are not made for shipping use and the floors are a little thinner and are not marine treated plywood)
New 8fts actually come into the country inside 9fts or 10fts. So they have fork pockets just below the doors (as you can imagine these fork pockets are used to lift the 8ft out of the larger container from through the doors. For this reason new 8fts are actually smaller in height and width – please see Container Types below. They also come with a number of 25mm vents with bug / insect mesh (the exact number and the location of vents can vary slightly but they are nearly always fitted on the sides at the top).
Refurbished 8fts will be made from cutting larger used containers down to size. 20ft containers have fork pockets in the bottom rail of each side so typically an 8ft will only include one fork pocket in the bottom rail if the 20ft we cut up had fork pockets. We can of course fit additional pockets if necessary. On the same principle number of vents will vary from one 8ft to the next depending on the original used container we cut up and how many vents it had. Again we can add more to suit your requirements.
All our shipping containers are checked over by a professional before sale. With the repair standard we specify we are confident to be able to offer our industry leading 2 year wind and watertight guarantee on all new, refurbished and used shipping containers. This means if your shipping container has a natural defect which results in a leak or other issue relating to its fitness for purpose as a storage container in its first 2 years we will come out and repair it free of charge.
Shipping containers usually only suffer from wear when they are handled and moved to and from a truck, boat, train or container stack. As most of our customers buy a container that will remain static in one place, aside from the rubber door seal, there is very little to wear or go wrong with it.
We regularly see refurbished and used shipping containers that were supplied as used 10+ years ago performing very well with little to no maintenance. So you should expect this sort of lifespan. The only exception is the rubber door seals that can wear out more quickly if the doors are used frequently.
New or one trip shipping containers should last an extremely long time, but as manufacturing techniques change so frequently (every 5-10 years or so) it is very hard to test the exact lifespan of a container. We know that a typical one trip container is circa 12 years younger than a used shipping container, and as we would expect 10 years solid use from a used container, its pretty safe to assume that a 20-22+ year lifespan for a new shipping container is very achievable.
Shipping containers are available in various conditions which effect their price and lifespan.
New (One Trip)
New (or One Trip) shipping containers are the very best quality option available. Freshly built in a factory (normally in China) they are moved to the UK with freight inside them which helps dramatically reduce the overall cost of the shipping container. These almost new shipping containers may have the odd imperfection consistent with this first trip but they will be in otherwise immaculate condition.
These one trip shipping containers are approximately 12 years younger than the average refurbished or used container we sell (or 12-20 years younger than a used container sold by any other trader) so the container will have a significantly longer lifespan. If these containers are to sit static on your site then they will also remain in very good condition. In 12 years time a one trip container you purchased from us that has sat static on your site will more than likely in better condition than an average used container we are selling at the time.
These containers come in green or blue without any logos and look a lot smarter than a refurbished or used shipping container.
Refurbished shipping containers are the middle ground between new and used shipping containers. We take the best quality used shipping containers and ensure they are of sound construction, leak free, have a good solid floor, a fully operational door and intact doors seals (where applicable). These are a lot neater than basic used containers and a fair bit cheaper than new (one trip) shipping containers.
We also repaint these containers in your choice of basic colour in a marine quality paint and add a high security lock box (padlock cover) to the shipping container. As these are made from used shipping containers there will still be dinks and dents along the frame of the container, but the repaint will give a much smarter appearance when compared to a basic used container.
Sometimes we make a refurbished shipping container by cutting down a larger shipping container to size (for example a 40ft shipping container may be cut down to make 4x 10ft containers). In these cases we typically offer our easy open or flat panel door option. These fabricated doors are much lighter (but still made from steel at least as thick as the steel in the corrugated sides of the shipping container) and much easier to use over a long period of time but they do not come with a rubber seal around the doors.
All our used shipping containers are sourced direct from shipping industry use. We do not offer used containers that have previously bought as ‘used’ as these shipping containers will commonly be of a poorer quality and have a much shorter remaining lifespan.
Used shipping containers will come in their original shipping liveries and will usually have some dents and surface rust. We sell these strictly as ‘cosmetics not guaranteed’ meaning we don’t and can’t guarantee how good they will look. If you require a smart shipping container we recommend looking at our refurbished or new (one trip) ranges. However, your used container will not have any large bows or dents – it will be in the correct overall shape, free of any holes or leaks and in a good stare of repair. Depending on your location and our nearest local depot, we can often offer viewings in our yard or photos of a specific container for your approval in advance of delivery.
Information about the types of 8ft shipping container available.
New, one trip from China units. Shipped into the country inside 9fts or 10fts so please be aware of ‘smaller’ than standard width and height. Almost immaculate condition.
|Length||8ft 2ins (2489mm)|
|Width||6ft 7ins (2000mm)|
|Height||6ft 7ins (2000mm)|
|Cubic Capacity||287.5 cu ft (8.14 m3)|
|Weight||840 kg (1850 lbs)|
|Max Cargo (Export only)||5000 kg (11020 lbs)|
Made from cutting up a larger used shipping container which is 8ft wide and 8ft 6ins high our refurbished 8fts are almost a cube. Painted clients choice of colour and include a lock-box (padlock housing) as standard.
|Length (will vary slightly)||7ft 10ins – 8ft 2ins (2387mm – 2490mm)|
|Width||8ft (2430mm – 2450mm)|
|Height||8ft 6ins (2590mm)|
These 8ft containers are manufactured in Europe and galvanised before their final painting to ensure a very tough anti-rust layer. They arrive in the UK via road. Stackable max 3 high and with a max payload of 3.5 tones per unit.
|Cubic Capacity||9.82 m3|
|Door Opening||2070mm wide x 1945mm high|