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Shipping Container Sizes and Grades

At Containers First we grade the shipping containers that we sell to make it easy for you to select the type of container that are best for your needs. Please see below for a detailed description of each grade:
 

NEW BUILD (ONE TRIP)

 
These containers have been newly built and have only done one trip at sea as opposed to ALL the other grades which have been at sea for many years.  If you are looking to buy quality, these containers will last for many decades and represent the best value and life expectancy available.  Whilst these containers are newly built they have however been used to getting cargo from overseas to Australia which means there can be signs of use.  We give these containers to shipping lines free of charge to enable the cheapest resale to you, our customer.  So, it is possible to find (a small amount) of non transferable markings to the internal as well as external marks from handling equipment at the ports.  Please note that we highlight that there may be some marks to ensure we give an accurate description.  This will help both the perfectionist and the average buyer. This grade of shipping container is perfect if you are looking for a container that does not have any rust, is aesthetically in great shape and especially if you are planning to modify the container and need to be sure it will have the longest life.
new-container

CARGO WORTHY

 
The Containers First “Cargo Worthy” Used Container is our most popular product in the used second hand market as it is perfect for general storage, storing personal effects, archiving documents, storing furniture or other bulky items.  This grade of container will have dents and/or patches however these will not impact on the internal storage space. Completely wind and water tight, weather proof, vermin proof and all the door seals have been serviced.  The main difference between our cargo worthy container and premium repainted is that it will show signs of spot painting rather than complete inside and outside repaint.  100% secure and lockable. Ask about padlocks and lock covers for maximum protection and an awesome deal on these items.  RRP for lock cover is $85.00 and padlock to suit $55.00, both Ex GST.  A Cargo Worthy container can be used for rail and ocean freight with CSC Certification ($125.00 fee applies Ex GST).
premium-container

PREMIUM REPAINTED

Our premium repainted shipping containers are painted inside and out in our standard colours (Colourbond colour available on request. Additional charges may apply).  Completely wind and water tight, weather proof, vermin proof and all the door seals have been serviced.  This grade of container will have limited dents and/or patches however these will not impact on the internal storage space.  100% secure, lockable and cosmetically appealing if being used where it needs to look good in its new surroundings where the budget does not allow for a new build. A Containers First Premium Repainted shipping container comes with a Lock Cover valued at $85.00 for FREE.  Ask about a “PADLOCK” to suit RRP $55.00 Ex GST. A premium repainted grade can be used for rail and ocean freight with CSC Certification ($125.00 fee applies Ex GST).
repainted-container

ECONOMY WIND & WATERTIGHT

As per the name our Economy Wind and Watertight Container is our best value graded container for its condition and is still water tight, weather proof and vermin proof. In this grade the container is cosmetically inferior to the Cargo Worthy and Premium Repainted containers and will show more signs of wear, tear, dents, surface rust, patches and other damage. This grade of container is excellent for short to mid-term commercial storage, trade storage or domestic storage where longevity and appearance are a low priority. Economy Wind & Watertight Containers are not recommended for rail and ocean freight and are better suited to static storage requirements or the budget conscious.
economy-container

10ft-shipping-dimensionsNOTE: Sizes can vary between manufacturers. Please check sizes before purchase if critical to your cargo being loaded

10ft Shipping Container Dimensions

 10FT GENERAL PURPOSE10FT HIGH CUBE
MILLIMETRESFEETMILLIMETRESFEET
Outside Length305010'305010'
Outside Width25908'6"28969'6"
Outside Width24388'24388'
Inside Length28009'1"28009'1"
Inside Height23507'7"26908'9"
Inside Width23307'6"23487'8"
Door Height22607'4"25788'5"
Door Width22807'4"23407'8"
KILOGRAMSTONNES
Max Gross Weight1524015240
Net Load1386513845
Empty Weight(Tare)13751395
Volume15.89 meter³17.84 meter³
20ft-shipping NOTE: Sizes can vary between manufacturers. Please check sizes before purchase if critical to your cargo being loaded

20ft Shipping Container Dimensions

 20FT GENERAL PURPOSE20FT HIGH CUBE
MILLIMETRESFEETMILLIMETRESFEET
Outside Length606019'8"606020'
Outside Height25908'6"28969'6"
Outside Width24388'24388'
Inside Length587019'2"590019"4'
Inside Height23507'7"26908'9"
Inside Width23407'8"23487'8"
Door Height22757'5"25788'5"
Door Width22807'4"23407'8"
KILOGRAMS
Max Gross Weight3048030480
Net Load2828028250
Empty Weight(Tare)22002230
Volume33.04 meter³38.1 meter³
40ft-shipping NOTE: Sizes can vary between manufacturers. Please check sizes before purchase if critical to your cargo being loaded

40ft Shipping Container Dimensions

 40FT GENERAL PURPOSE40FT HIGH CUBE
MILLIMETRESFEETMILLIMETRESFEET
Outside Length1219040'1219040'
Outside Height25918'6"28969'6"
Outside Width24388'24388'
Inside Length1202539'5"1202539'5"
Inside Height23857'9"26908'9"
Inside Width23487'8"23487'8"
Door Height22757'5"25788'5"
Door Width23407'8"23407'8"
KILOGRAMS
Max Gross Weight3250032500
Net Load2880028610
Empty Weight(Tare)37003890
Volume67.34 meter³75.95 meter³
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