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20ft Shipping Container

20ft Shipping Container

The 20ft shipping container is the most popular and common onsite storage solution within our range of shipping containers, and with good reason!

It is strong, safe, secure and easy to transport.

Key Features

  • Wind and watertight
  • Pest and vermin proof
  • Wooden floors
  • Secure and lockable via our lockbox system
  • Lashing points at the floor and ceiling to secure your goods
  • Approx 6.1m L x 2.5m W x 2.6m H

Product Details

Built from weathering carbon steel, our 20ft shipping containers are strong, secure, weatherproof units that safely protect everything inside. Their simple design makes them one of the most versatile transportable storage solutions available today.

They are commonly used for a wide range of applications including onsite storage of furniture, equipment, parts or excess stock. Perfect as a makeshift shed or workshop with workbenches, shelves and power or for transporting goods between locations on road or rail.

SCF also produce a high cube variant, which comes with a foot taller ceiling and increased storage capacity.


A range of options are available for the 20ft shipping container.

  • Lockbox for added security

  • Steel floor

  • GPS Tracking System

  • Transport/Shipping Certifications
  • High Cube - additional height and cubic capacity

  • Variety of Container Grades available - New or Used
  • Ask us about container modifications including shelving, power and lighting

Interested in buying a 20ft shipping container?

We have competitively priced new & used containers, in a range of grades available for sale, so can cater to your budget – you get to choose.

Depending on the grade, our containers are water tight, windproof and impervious to pests and vermin. All of our containers for sale feature floor and ceiling lashing points for fastening your goods.

See our Shipping Containers Buyer's Guide to get a better understanding of the options available.

Hire a 20ft shipping container

If you don't need to keep or modify a container, you should consider hiring a 20ft shipping container instead. It is a much cheaper option than buying, and you will have access to the newest units in the fleet.

Remember that hiring shipping containers is an operating cost and can be tax deductible. With a minimum contract term of 31 days, hiring is often a better solution than buying containers.

Still unsure what's best for you? Check out our guide, Should I hire or buy a shipping container?

20ft Shipping Container Dimensions and Weight

20ft containers are available in two sizes, General Purpose and 20ft High Cube. The High Cube is 1 foot higher (30cm) than a General Purpose container.

Specifications may vary

20ft Shipping Container - General Purpose

Length (mm) 5,898
Width (mm) 2,352
Height (mm) 2,390
Length (mm) 6,058
Width (mm) 2,438
Height (mm) 2,591
Tare (kg) 2,120
Payload (kg) 28,360
MGW (kg) 30,480

How is this container delivered?

We aim to make your container delivery on site as smooth as possible. Please notify us when getting a container quote if there are any obstructions like power lines near where you plan to place your container or if access for a truck is likely to be tricky.

Also, please make sure that the area the truck will need to access is clear and that any loved pets and children are somewhere safe.

Delivery on site can be made using the following methods.

SCF Shipping Containers - Delivery Method - Tilt Tray

Tilt Tray

Tilt tray delivers a container off the back of the truck. Similar to a tow truck, the tray is mechanically lowered at an angle, and the container is slid off, with the truck moving forward at slow speed. This is the most common delivery method used for containers. Tilt trays are not suitable for sites with overhead power lines as the container height increases significantly when tilted.

SCF Shipping Containers - Delivery Method - Side Loader

Side Loader

Side loaders are used to transport our 20 foot and 40 foot shipping containers. This is the best delivery method for containers at sites that have limited space either in front or behind the area where the container is to be positioned. The container is unloaded between the two outrigger feet of the side loader, approximately half a metre from the side of the truck.

SCF Shipping Containers - Delivery Method - Hiab Crane

Hiab Crane

Hiab cranes lift containers from a mechanism located behind the truck's cabin. This is used for smaller shipping containers, usually up to 20 foot, or when there is limited space for a side loader or tilt tray. Using a crane means the container is easily positioned at an angle or up on a raised area. It can also be used to place containers over a fence or other obstacles.

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