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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
  • Internal Capacity 33m3

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 20ft high cube variant, which comes with a foot taller ceiling and increased storage capacity.

20ft Container Options

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

  • 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

20ft Container Applications 

A range of applications are suitable for our 20ft shipping containers.

  • Static storage

  • Transportation of goods

  • Household goods

  • Tools & equipment 
  • Archiving 

  • Machinery 

Interested in 20ft shipping containers for sale?

We have competitively priced new & used 20ft 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 watertight, windproof and impervious to pests and vermin. All of our 20ft shipping 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 or buy 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 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 20ft General Purpose and the High Cube variation.

Specifications may vary

20ft Shipping Container - General Purpose

Internal & external dimensions and weight of a general purpose 20ft shipping container. 

The cubic capacity of a 20ft shipping container is 33m3.

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

20ft High Cube Shipping Container

Internal & external dimensions and weight of a 20ft high cube container. 

The cubic capacity of a 20ft high cube shipping container is 37m3.

Length (mm) 5,898
Width (mm) 2,352
Height (mm) 2,700
Length (mm) 6,058
Width (mm) 2,438
Height (mm) 2,896
Tare (kg) 2,315
Payload (kg) 28,165
MGW (kg) 30,480

20ft Shipping Container - General Purpose

External dimensions of a general purpose 20ft shipping container.

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 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.

SCF Containers - Container Solutions

SCF Containers has been engineering and building containers for the Australian market for over 30 years.

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