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How Much Do Shipping Containers Cost

AUGUST 24, 2020 BY CAM BOB

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Shipping containers have long served as popular storage solutions across industries, from agriculture to automotive, education to construction, and more. Beginning in the mid 2,000’s, people started getting a little more creative with how they use them. Some even found ways to convert shipping containers into homes or small hotel rooms. Others began using them as offices, restaurants, and retail units. These creative solutions allow individuals to meet their business needs quickly and - maybe more importantly - for a significantly reduced price.

So how much does a shipping container cost, really? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the container, quality and condition, age, location, and if any modifications have been made. Check out our newest article for everything you need to know about shipping container prices.

Do I Want To Buy A New Or Used Shipping Container?

The choice to purchase a shipping container depends largely on your business specifics and the amount of time you plan on using the container. If you plan to use the container for a period of three years or more, you might want to entertain purchase options.

Buying a shipping container is also a good choice if you need to make alterations to the structure of the container in order to better suit a specific purpose. In these cases, it also makes sense to look into one-trip containers. These containers are basically new, having only been used once before and have a life expectancy of up to 25 years. New containers, also known as A-grade containers, typically cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.

Used shipping containers are a great option for anyone on a budget, as they cost slightly less, with a price range of $1,000 to $5,000 dollars.

Of course, these figures will vary depending on the size and conditions of the containers. Check out some more information on shipping container size and shipping container price below:

10’ Shipping Containers: $3,800-$4,800

Ideal for limited space storage and retail strip malls

  • Portable storage containers 
  • Exteriors: 10ft x 8ft x 6in
  • Interiors: 9ft 3in x 7ft 9in x 7ft 10in
  • Portable office containers
    • Exteriors: 10ft x 8ft x 6in
    • Interiors: 7ft 4in x 7ft 6in x 7ft 9in

20’ Shipping Containers: $2,350-$7,900

Ideal for heavy cargo, machinery, and commodities

  • Portable storage containers 
  • Exteriors: 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in
  • Interiors: 19ft 4in x 7ft 9in x 7ft 10in
  • Portable office containers
    • Exteriors: 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in
    • Interiors: 7ft 4in x 7ft 6in x 7ft 9in

40’ Shipping Containers: $3,400-$8,600

Ideal for large quantities of goods

  • Portable storage containers 
  • Exteriors: 40ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in
  • Interiors: 39ft 4in x 7ft 9in x 7ft 10in
  • Portable office containers
  • Exteriors: 40ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in
  • Interiors: 39ft 5in x 7ft 9in x 7ft 10in

We’ve also listed a few dimensions below to give you a better sense of what certain sizes can accommodate internally:

  • 10 x 8 x 8.6 foot containers: 17 ton max payload
  • 20 x 8 x 8.6 foot containers: 24 ton max payload
  • 40 x 8 x 8.6 foot containers: 29 ton max payload

If you’re looking for something with a little more height, you can also opt for a high-cube container with higher ceilings. These are available for an additional price.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Shipping Container?

Renting a storage container is a sensible choice for those looking to fulfill short term needs. If you plan on using your storage container for only a few weeks, months, or a couple of years, purchase probably isn’t necessary.

Rental agreements are determined by plenty of different factors, including the condition of the container. Make sure to inspect the container for things like wear and tear, wind and water damage, exposure to the elements, dents, chips in the paint and rust and holes, as these conditions will affect both function and pricing.

Of course, when it comes to cost, the most significant variable revolves around size. Take a look at the starting prices for renting storage containers below:

Shipping Container Rent Cost by Sizes:

  • 10’ Storage Container – as low as $95/month                           
  • 10’ Office Container - as low as $210/month                    
  • 20’ Storage Container - as low as $95/month                                        
  • 20’ Combo Container - as low as $225/month                         
  • 20’ Office Container - as low as $275/month                                
  • 40’ Storage Container - as low as $120/month                                                
  • 40’ Combo Container - as low as $315/month                             
  • 40’ Office Container - as low as $350/month

Storage containers come in certified standard sizes, which means they are easily stackable. This is a great option for those facing a shortage of ground space. Many suppliers will offer a bulk discount rate for those who purchase more than one container, which will decrease the cost per unit.

Remember, standard shipping containers should be approved by the International Standards Organization (ISO) to ensure consistency, quality, and safety across the board.

Shipping Container Accessories

For an additional price, you can include special features like electrical outlets, windows, lighting, tiled floors, ramps, shelves, heating, and air conditioning. A supplier may also include double-doors, high-security and safety features, refrigerated options as well as various accessories like racks, security boxes, tables, and chairs. This will transform your container into a usable office.

shipping container cost for rental

How Does Delivery Impact Shipping Container Pricing?

You should keep in mind your location and delivery when calculating the price of your shipment. The further your home or business is stationed from where you are purchasing your shipping container, the higher the cost of transport. Installation fees will also affect the price. Another important factor to keep in mind here is the additional cost for permits and insurance for the container. While rules vary state-to-state, permits are usually required for the installation of a container across the country. 

Who Should I Buy My Shipping Container From?

When buying a shipping container, it’s important to do your research. Read customer reviews to learn about their experience. Take the time to vet your supplier.

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Why Mobile Modular Portable Storage?

At Mobile Modular Portable Storage, we are always looking to offer superlative service at competitive prices. For all our rental consumers, we offer a 30-day billing cycle. That's two extra days over the industry norm of 28-day cycles.

We also maintain our team of sales specialists in-house. That means there's no dealing with call centers for our customers, you speak straight to a member of our in-house team who will have all the important information you might need.

When it comes to transport, we don’t rely on external vehicles or driving talent. We employ expert drivers to pilot our own flatbed trucks to ensure prompt deliveries to your site. Deliveries are typically completed one business day after you place your order. 

Check out all the products in our inventory to learn why Mobile Modular Portable Storage is the place to go for shipping container solutions. You can also visit our renter’s guide to help to answer any questions you may have about the rental process. Contact one of our representatives to see what’s available in your area and ask about shipping container pricing and payments.

 

 

 

 

 

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