Our Ultimate Shipping Container Guide


new containers

New containers are made to a very high specification and have only ever completed one sea journey from China to the UK, which means they have not been consistently exposed to salt water at sea. It is salt sea water that is the main cause of rust in second hand containers. There is very little difference between the price of new and second hand containers but there is a great deal of difference in quality, durability and appearance.

It is very unlikely that you will get condensation in a new container and for that reason we only use new units in our self storage yard. New 20ft containers have 5 vents each side which helps prevent the likelihood of condensation appearing.

Please be aware when purchasing new units they have been used new from the factory with cargo. Upon arrival there may be minor cosmetic scuffs and dents that will not have any impact on the function of the container or our pricing.

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Used Shipping Container

USED containers

Second hand containers have normally completed a good 15 years constantly travelling the world before being sold. Being knocked about on the docks and corroded by salt sea water all take their toll on their appearance and sometimes their structure. However, if the goods you plan to store do not require pristine interiors and you are not too bothered about external appearances then second hand units will do the job.

USED containers Examples

See the pictures below of the two 20ft units. Both are 15 years old. The first (Container A) has spent its life travelling the world and the second (Container B) has just sat in our self storage yard and not endured constant exposure to salt water.

Red Used 20ft Shipping Container

Container A

Red Used 20ft Shipping Container Inside

Container A

Blue Used 20ft Shipping Container

Container B

Blue Used 20ft Shipping Container Inside

Container B

As you can see from the pictures above the blue container that has only sat in our storage yard has no rust around the door seals (this is one of the first places rust will appear). It has no rust on it at all and no repair patches. Inside it is like new and outside it simply has faded slightly. Nothing a fresh coat of paint won’t rectify. Compare that to the one that has spent 15 hard years at sea.


This page shows the technical details of a shipping container. Should you have any questions then please give our team a call, or email us.
Shipping Container Door Details
The front doors of a shipping container and what all the numbers and letters mean.
  1. Owners Prefix & Serial Number
  2. Size & Type
  3. Weight Panel
  4. CSC Plate Details
Shipping Container Floor Structure

The image shows the structure on the floor of a shipping container.

Larger Shipping Container Structure

The image shows the structure on the floor of a larger shipping container.

Shipping Container Structure Pulled Apart

The image shows the structure of a shipping container if you was to pull it apart.


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10ft Shipping Containers

  • External Length: 10ft
  • External Width: 8ft
  • External Height: 8ft 6”
  • Internal Length: 9ft 4”
  • Internal Width: 7ft 8”
  • Internal Height: 7ft 10”
  • Door Opening Width: 7ft 8”
  • Door Opening Height: 7ft 5”
  • 560 cubic feet
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20ft Shipping Containers

  • External Length: 20ft
  • External Width: 8ft
  • External Height: 8ft 6”
  • Internal Length: 19ft 4”
  • Internal Width: 7ft 8”
  • Internal Height: 7ft 10”
  • Door Opening Width: 7ft 8”
  • Door Opening Height: 7ft 8”
  • 1160 cubic feet
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40ft Shipping Containers

  • External Length: 40ft
  • External Width: 8ft
  • External Height: 8ft 6”
  • Internal Length: 39ft 4”
  • Internal Width: 7ft 8”
  • Internal Height: 7ft 10”
  • Door Opening Width: 7ft 8”
  • Door Opening Height: 7ft 5”
  • 2640 cubic feet
* Whilst we have tried to be as accurate as possible, container measurements can vary slightly when they are made and depending on age and weather.


Three of the most common RAL colours that we get asked to paint shipping containers in, as you can see below you can have a lot more colours, based on the chart below. Give us a call today, if you would like your container repainted, or you would like to change the colour completely on your shipping container.
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Container in RAL 6007

Shipping Container in RAL 5013 Colour

Container in RAL 5013

Shipping Container in RAL 5010 Colour

Container in RAL 5010

This pages displays the standard colours for paint and coatings known as the RAL Colour Code. It is important to note that the colours shown on this page depend on your monitor settings.

RAL 1000
Green Beige

RAL 1001

RAL 1002
Sand Yellow

RAL 1003
Signal Yellow

RAL 1004
Golden Yellow

RAL 1005
Honey Yellow

RAL 1006
Maize Yellow

RAL 1007
Daffodil Yellow

RAL 1011
Brown Beige

RAL 1012
Lemon Yellow

RAL 1013
Oyster White

RAL 1014

RAL 1015
Light Ivory

RAL 1016
Sulphur Yellow

RAL 1017
Saffron Yellow

RAL 1018
Zinc Yellow

RAL 1019
Grey Beige

RAL 1020
Olive Yellow

RAL 1021
Rape Yellow

RAL 1023
Traffic Yellow

RAL 1024
Ochre Yellow

RAL 1026
Luminous Yellow

RAL 1027

RAL 1028
Melon Yellow

RAL 1032
Broom Yellow

RAL 1033
Dahlia Yellow

RAL 1034
Pastel Yellow

RAL 1035
Pearl Beige

RAL 1036
Pearl Gold

RAL 1037
Sun Yellow

RAL 2000
Yellow Orange

RAL 2001
Red Orange

RAL 2002

RAL 2003
Pastel Orange

RAL 2004
Pure Orange

RAL 2005
Luminous Orange

RAL 2007
Luminous Bright Orange

RAL 2008
Bright Red Orange

RAL 2009
Traffic Orange

RAL 2010
Signal Orange

RAL 2011
Deep Orange

RAL 2012
Salmon Orange

RAL 2013
Pearl Orange

RAL 3000
Flame Red

RAL 3001
Signal Red

RAL 3002
Carmine Red

RAL 3003
Ruby Red

RAL 3004
Purple Red

RAL 3005
Wine Red

RAL 3007
Black Red

RAL 3009
Oxide Red

RAL 3011
Brown Red

RAL 3012
Beige Red

RAL 3013
Tomato Red

RAL 3014
Antique Pink

RAL 3015
Light Pink

RAL 3016
Coral Red

RAL 3017

RAL 3018
Strawberry Red

RAL 3020
Traffic Red

RAL 3022
Salmon Pink

RAL 3024
Luminous Red

RAL 3026
Luminous Bright Red

RAL 3027
Raspberry Red

RAL 3028
Pure Red

RAL 3031
Orient Red

RAL 3032
Pearl Ruby Red

RAL 3033
Pearl Pink

RAL 4001
Red Lilac

RAL 4002
Red Violet

RAL 4003
Heather Violet

RAL 4004
Claret Violet

RAL 4005
Blue Lilac

RAL 4006
Traffic Purple

RAL 4007
Purple Violet

RAL 4008
Signal Violet

RAL 4009
Pastel Violet

RAL 4010

RAL 4011
Pearl Violet

RAL 4012
Pearl Black Berry

RAL 5000
Violet Blue

RAL 5001
Green Blue

RAL 5002
Ultramarine Blue

RAL 5003
Sapphire Blue

RAL 5004
Black Blue

RAL 5005
Signal Blue

RAL 5007
Brilliant Blue

RAL 5008
Grey Blue

RAL 5009
Azure Blue

RAL 5010
Gentian Blue

RAL 5011
Steel Blue

RAL 5012
Light Blue

RAL 5013
Cobalt Blue

RAL 5014
Pigeon Blue

RAL 5015
Sky Blue

RAL 5017
Traffic Blue

RAL 5018
Turquoise Blue

RAL 5019
Capri Blue

RAL 5020
Ocean Blue

RAL 5021
Water Blue

RAL 5022
Night Blue

RAL 5023
Distant Blue

RAL 5024
Pastel Blue

RAL 5025
Pearl Gentian Blue

RAL 5026
Pearl Night Blue

RAL 6000
Patina Green

RAL 6001
Emerald Green

RAL 6002
Leaf Green

RAL 6003
Olive Green

RAL 6004
Blue Green

RAL 6005
Moss Green

RAL 6006
Grey Olive

RAL 6007
Bottle Green

RAL 6008
Brown Green

RAL 6009
Fir Green

RAL 6010
Grass Green

RAL 6011
Reseda Green

RAL 6012
Black Green

RAL 6013
Reed Green

RAL 6014
Yellow Olive

RAL 6015
Black Olive

RAL 6016
Turquoise Green

RAL 6017
May Green

RAL 6018
Yellow Green

RAL 6019
Pastel Green

RAL 6020
Chrome Green

RAL 6021
Pale Green

RAL 6022
Olive Drab

RAL 6024
Traffic Green

RAL 6025
Fern Green

RAL 6026
Opal Green

RAL 6027
Light Green

RAL 6028
Pine Green

RAL 6029
Mint Green

RAL 6032
Signal Green

RAL 6033
Mint Turquoise

RAL 6034
Pastel Turquoise

RAL 6035
Pearl Green

RAL 6036
Pearl Opal Green

RAL 6037
Pure Green

RAL 6038
Luminous Green

RAL 7000
Squirrel Grey

RAL 7001
Silver Grey

RAL 7002
Olive Grey

RAL 7003
Moss Grey

RAL 7004
Signal Grey

RAL 7005
Mouse Grey

RAL 7006
Beige Grey

RAL 7008
Khaki Grey

RAL 7009
Green Grey

RAL 7010
Tarpaulin Grey

RAL 7011
Iron Grey

RAL 7012
Basalt Grey

RAL 7013
Brown Grey

RAL 7015
Slate Grey

RAL 7016
Anthracite Grey

RAL 7021
Black Grey

RAL 7022
Umbra Grey

RAL 7023
Concrete Grey

RAL 7024
Graphite Grey

RAL 7026
Granite Grey

RAL 7030
Stone Grey

RAL 7031
Blue Grey

RAL 7032
Pebble Grey

RAL 7033
Cement Grey

RAL 7034
Yellow Grey

RAL 7035
Light Grey

RAL 7036
Platinum Grey

RAL 7037
Dusty Grey

RAL 7038
Agate Grey

RAL 7039
Quartz Grey

RAL 7040
Window Grey

RAL 7042
Traffic Grey A

RAL 7043
Traffic Grey B

RAL 7044
Silk Grey

RAL 7045
Telegrey 1

RAL 7046
Telegrey 2

RAL 7047
Telegrey 4

RAL 7048
Pearl Mouse Grey

RAL 8000
Green Brown

RAL 8001
Ochre Brown

RAL 8002
Signal Grey

RAL 8003
Clay Brown

RAL 8004
Copper Brown

RAL 8007
Fawn Grey

RAL 8008
Olive Brown

RAL 8011
Nut Brown

RAL 8012
Red Grey

RAL 8014
Sepia Brown

RAL 8015
Chestnut Brown

RAL 8016
Mahogany Grey

RAL 8017
Chocolate Brown

RAL 8019
Grey Brown

RAL 8022
Black Grey

RAL 8023
Orange Brown

RAL 8024
Beige Brown

RAL 8025
Pale Grey

RAL 8028
Terra Brown

RAL 8029
Pearl Copper

RAL 9001

RAL 9002
Grey White

RAL 9003
Signal White

RAL 9004
Signal Black

RAL 9005
Jet Black

RAL 9006
White Aluminium

RAL 9007
Grey Aluminium

RAL 9010
Pure White

RAL 9011
Graphite Black

RAL 9016
Traffic White

RAL 9017
Traffic Black

RAL 9018
Papyrus White

RAL 9022
Pearl Light Grey

RAL 9023
Pearl Dark Grey

Using container for storage

Here are tips on how to handle every step of the storage process. As true storage experts, we can help you with all your self storage needs.

Be mindful about placement

Map out your self storage container

Stack to the ceiling

Stack items to the ceiling on self storage container

Create an aisle

Create an aisle in your self storage container

Storage inside storage

Store things inside things in your self storage container

Keep some basic tools at hand

Keep some basic tools in your self storage container

Shipping Container Conversions

Convert and construct not only containers but anything you may require in steel. This can be done to your own specification. It amazes us how many different uses containers can be put to. Here are a few other ideas:
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