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40ft Shipping Container

40ft Shipping Container

The 40ft Shipping Container is twice the length of the 20ft variant, which means twice the internal storage volume. It is a good choice for large sites with a high volume of storage needs.

Key Features

  • Wind and watertight
  • Pest and vermin proof
  • Lashing points at the floor and ceiling to secure your goods
  • Wooden floors
  • Superior security with a lockbox
  • Approx 12.2m L x 2.5m W x 2.6m H
  • Internal Capacity 67.5m3

Product Description

Built from weathering carbon steel, these units are secure from wind, water, vermin and thieves.

The longer and less commonly available 40ft container is suited to large sites with ample space for onsite storage. Measuring just over 12 metres long, these usually do not suit standard residential blocks, although they can be squeezed onto large driveways in some cases.

Given the large internal volume, they are often used for more than just household or business goods storage. They are an affordable and ready-made alternate solution to sheds or workshops. They can store machinery and equipment parts, or be used for site offices or accommodation away from the main building, with some minor modifications.

Whatever you store in your 40ft shipping container, you can rest assured it will be safe.

40ft Container Options

A range of options are available for the 40ft shipping containers.

  • Lockbox

  • Electrical fitout (power and lighting)

  • Steel floor

  • Transport/Shipping Certification

  • Variety of Container Grades available - New or Used

  • Additional custom container modifications available including shelving

40ft Container Applications 

A range of applications are suitable for our 40ft shipping containers.

  • Static storage

  • Transportation of goods

  • Household goods

  • Tools & equipment 
  • Archiving 

  • Machinery 

40ft shipping containers for sale

A new shipping container will ensure quality and longevity, while a used container will save you money.

For cargo to be transported internationally, the container must have a valid CSC (Container Safety Convention) plate, which verifies that safety inspections have been performed. Our ‘New’ grade containers ensure CSC approval, as well as clean interiors.

While our ‘B’ grade containers may have marked interiors & some exterior corrosion, they remain windtight & watertight.

For less critical applications, you may save cost with a ‘C’ grade container, which will show more advanced corrosion.

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

Hiring 40ft shipping containers

If you don't need to keep or modify a container, you should consider hiring a 40ft 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?

40ft Shipping Container Dimensions and Weight

40ft containers are available in two sizes, General Purpose and High Cube. The High Cube is 1 foot higher (30cm) than a General Purpose container. The internal dimensions, the external dimensions and the weight have been detailed below for both the 40ft General Purpose and the High Cube variation.

Specifications may vary

The cubic capacity of a 40ft shipping container is 67.5m3.

The cubic capacity of a 40ft high cube shipping container is 76m3.

40ft Shipping Container - General Purpose

Internal & external dimensions and weight of a general purpose 40ft shipping container. 

Length (mm) 12,032
Width (mm) 2,352
Height (mm) 2,393
Length (mm) 12,192
Width (mm) 2,438
Height (mm) 2,591
Tare (kg) 3,490
Payload (kg) 26,990
MGW (kg) 30,480

40ft High Cube Shipping Container

Internal & external dimensions and weight of a 40ft high cube container. 

Length (mm) 12,032
Width (mm) 2,350
Height (mm) 2,695
Length (mm) 12,192
Width (mm) 2,438
Height (mm) 2,896
Tare (kg) 4,670
Payload (kg) 29,330
MGW (kg) 34,000

40ft Shipping Container - General Purpose

External dimensions of a general purpose 40ft shipping container.

How is this container delivered?

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 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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SCF Containers has been engineering and building containers for the Australian market for over 25 years.

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