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At Container Traders we have a huge range of stock right across Australia of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping containers in new and used condition. Looking for a specialised container? No problem, we stock side open, refrigerated, dangerous goods, double doors and worksite containers like half heights, tank containers, flat racks and open tops. We also have extensive experience modifying containers to suit a range of purposes for business and domestic use. 

Shipping Containers

General Purpose rear opening containers are the original shipping container. Standing at 8’6” tall, they container a set of doors in the rear wall of the container. These strong structures are in demand for a range of purposes across domestic, business and industry.

Created to securely transport goods all over the world, these containers are perfect for static storage or for transportation of goods and will provide many years of benefits. 

Available in 10, 20 and 40 foot sizes, Container Traders can match you with the right general purpose shipping container for your needs and budget.

High Cube rear opening containers are accessed through the one set of container doors in the rear of the container. Standing at 9’6” tall, these containers are popular when more storage space is needed within the same length container.

High Cube Shipping Containers are an extra foot (30cm) taller than general purpose containers. This extra storage adds up over the length of the container, providing almost 10 cubic metres more capacity in the 40ft range. The added height is also beneficial for storing taller objects upright, or if being modified to be a productive workspace.

Available in 10, 20 and 40 foot lengths, these shipping containers are strong and secure, suitable for a range of storage needs. 

Dangerous goods shipping containers provide many of the same benefits as general shipping containers do but they have extra features added so that you are able to safely transport or store hazardous goods.

Dangerous Goods purpose-built shipping containers are made of high quality, durable steel and have safety features such as bunded floor for spill capture and clean-up.

  • Hazardous Goods Class 3 Flammable Liquid Storage
  • Meet Australian Standards AS1940
  • Bund floor and Valve tap for drainage of leaks
  • Ventilation installed as standard

Non Operational Refrigerated Shipping Containers provide economic insulated storage. Originally built for temperature efficiency in refrigeration, these containers have thick insulated walls and a stainless steel interior, maintaining internal temperatures longer than standard containers.

Non Operational Refrigerated Shipping Containers are an economical choice when insulation properties are required without the need of fully fitting out a container with panel insulation.

We can also arrange for a paint respray to refresh the exterior aesthetics of the container. Ask us about your options when you get in contact.

  • Insulated stainless steel interior
  • CSC survey available for shipping and rail
  • Structurally strong and secure
  • Weather and vermin proof

Larger forklift and crane loading is possible with Open Top Shipping Containers. The removeable roof can be taken out during loading and added to provide protection of the goods in storage or transport. They are also useful for storage or transport of odd shaped items that will not fit within a standard roofed container.

Open Top Shipping Containers are largely used in mining and agriculture industries where productivity is the main priority and loading by machinery is common.

  • Removeable top allowing crane and forklift loading
  • CSC survey available for shipping and rail

Everything great about shipping containers, only in a smaller size. Specialised mini containers are built to the same strong quality as their larger counterparts.

When a strong small and secure space is needed for just one or a few items, Minicube shipping containers are a great solution.

  • Tiny footprint
  • Strong quality build
  • Best grade available
  • Business and domestic applications

Frozen and chilled goods storage can be expensive using traditional methods. Refrigerated Shipping Containers are an economical choice to quickly expand your chilled storage capacity on site. Refrigerated Shipping Containers can maintain consistent temperature control between -20C to + 20C.

Refrigerated Containers are constructed with components from leading refrigeration brands and come with thick insulation and a stainless-steel enclosure. Flooring in refrigerated shipping containers s designed to allow airflow and easy clean-out.

Whether temporarily expanding or seeking permanent storage, ask us how a refrigerated shipping container can help you with your storage needs.

Pallet Wide shipping containers have a slightly smaller wall profile from the standard shipping container which allows 2 Australian-sized pallets to be stored side-by-side.

Pallets are transportable using with a forklift and make it extremely convenient to store and move items. The extra convenience, efficiency of not having to unload pallets, and reduced space waste by catering for 2 pallets side by side is highly desirable for any businesses that has palletised inventory. 

  • Side by side pallet storage
  • CSC survey available for shipping and rail
  • Structurally strong and secure
  • Weather and vermin proof

Side Opening Shipping Containers provide the most flexible access options. With standard rear container doors as well as doors along a side of the container, you can access every part of the container directly. Loading and unloading is quick and easy with side opening shipping containers.

Side Opening Shipping Containers look fantastic and the full bifold doors along one side wall provide a range of configuration options. Great for partitioning into separate storage areas or functions.

For businesses seeking efficiency, the easy access to load and unload by forklift makes these containers popular in palletised businesses.

Half Height Shipping Containers provide strong handling capacity in a container half the height. Loadable through the top, half height shipping containers are used mainly in mining and agriculture applications.

Ideal for handling dense loads and reducing wasted space, half height shipping containers are commonly used for the intermodal transport of ore, mined materials and other concentrates, transportation of sand, gravel and more.

If you have a need for a specialised application that may need a half height shipping container, we will have the solution at Container Traders.

Container Traders provides some of the toughest shipping containers on the market and our bolster shipping containers are no exception. Our 20 foot and 40 foot bolster shipping containers are made of the strongest steel and come with steel or wooden flooring. 

Bolsters are often used to storage and transport things like oversized cables, metal sheets, steel coils, wood, machinery, water tanks, industrial parts or construction materials. In some instances they are even used as a bridges on properties.

Bolster Shipping Containers provide a platform to handle heavy and odd shaped cargo. Another benefit of bolster containers are that they are stackable for transport or storage.

Double Door Shipping Containers have container doors in the front and rear walls of the container. Double Door (or Tunnel) Shipping Containers are practical when the contents from either end are accessed regularly. The extra access doors also makes them popular for partitioning into multipurpose storage.

Made of durable Corten steel with reliable wood flooring, these heavy duty containers are equipped with the standard features of a shipping container that will keep your items safe during transport or storage. 

  • Convenient access from either end
  • CSC survey available for shipping and rail
  • Structurally strong and secure
  • Weather and vermin proof

Collapsible End Flat Rack containers can used as a platform with the ends down or as a contained space with the ends raised. Due to their versatility, Collapsible End Flat Racks are the most common platform container available.

Flat Rack shipping containers are made with thick, strong bases which give them the structural strength needed to safely store and move heavy and odd shaped loads. Flat Rack shipping containers are useful for a range of applications in mining, construction and farming.

Flat rack shipping containers are available in 20 foot and 40 foot sizes.

  • Collapsible ends for efficient storage
  • Strong steel construction with solid floors
  • CSC Survey certification for shipping and rail available
  • Strong base for a range of applications

ISO Tank Shipping Containers are an economical choice for handling bulky liquids and other substances. With options for between 17,000 and 26,000 litres of total capacity, tank containers can be used for food grade liquid storage and transport, as well as the storage of hazardous liquids and other materials.

Protected within a strong frame ISO Tank Containers are intermodal and certifiable for shipping and rail. With a range of capacities and classes for different storage, get in contact with us at Container Traders to find the right ISO Tank for your requirements.

  • Food grades available
  • CSC Survey certification for shipping and rail available

Both Side Opening Shipping Containers open on both side walls and the rear of the container. With bifold doors the number of access configurations possible in this container are numerous. These containers can be used for a range of applications where access may be needed through the whole container.

Popular for modifications due to their open plan, and also popular for high productivity applications where multiple loading and unloading points can be used.

When a side opening container isn’t enough and you require 100% access to all parts of the container, both side opening shipping containers are the go to choice.

Shipping Containers FAQs

  • What are the advantages of using shipping containers?

    Shipping Containers are more than just a vehicle to shift cargo around the world, shipping containers create ideal domestic storage solutions, the strength of the structure lends itself to a multitude of alternate uses. Containers can be used for cafes, bars, workshops, homes, site offices, switchrooms and lunchrooms just to name a few.      

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  • Do shipping containers get reused?

    Shipping containers can see 30 + voyages before being retired for its secondary/ domestic life, making them one of the most reused commodities on earth. Containers typically get reused and re-purposed for a variety of commercial and domestic requirements.

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  • What are some economic benefits of repurposing a shipping container?

    Shipping containers are built to last, reusing shipping containers for alternate purposes can have a positive impact on reducing the carbon footprint. When upcycling & utilising a container to form part of a structure it can also reduce the overall cost of the project.

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  • How long will a shipping container last?

    The lifespan of a Shipping Container depends on several factors. If you’re buying a new or used containers its important the container is maintained to ensure any rust forming is treated prior to spreading and causing unwanted holes. Properly maintained containers can serve you for 30+ years.

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  • How do you repurpose a shipping container?

    Shipping Containers can be repurposed in a multitude of ways, the containers strength of manufacturing is key to its versatility. Containers can be joined together, stacked 9 high, and cut and shut to produce the space for almost any application.

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  • How are shipping containers sustainable?

    The repurposing of Shipping Containers prolongs the containers life reducing the requirement of further mining of metals. Upcycle of containers is having a positive impact on the environment.

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  • Will a shipping container withstand a cyclone/tornado?

    So long as the shipping container is properly anchored and secured it should survive a cyclone/tornado. Most of the cyclone/tornado destruction occurs a few meters above the ground, so another option if you are in a cyclonic region is to place your shipping container underground.

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  • Can you use a shipping container underground?

    Preparation is key. Containers are susceptible to underground pressures so it’s important to have additional structural support for the roof of the container. This is achieved by welding steel bars to the underside of the container roof and covering the roof with concrete.

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  • Do shipping containers make good storage?

    Yes, Shipping containers are a readymade storage solution that comes to you. When buying or hiring a container, the container can generally be delivered within a few days, meaning you will be able to securely store your goods in a dry lockable environment in the location that is most convenient to you.

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  • Are shipping containers waterproof?

    Yes, Shipping Containers that have not experience corrosion, have good door seals and a solid floor are considered wind and watertight.

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  • Do you need planning permission for a container house?

    This depends on your local jurisdiction, its critical you speak to your regions local planning authority prior to building a container house.

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  • How do you stop condensation in a shipping container?

    The best way to prevent condensation is to ventilate the container. The air circulation will assist in the prevention of condensation build up and equalise the air temperature by circulating the outside ambient temperature inside the container.

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  • What is the weight of an empty 20ft shipping container?

    An empty 20 ft containers weigh between 2200 & 2300 kg.

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  • How strong is a shipping container?

    The shipping Container is an engineering marvel. Shipping Containers are designed to be loaded with up to 30 tonnes of goods then stacked as high as nine high.

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  • What is cargo texture?

    Cargo Texture is the use of shipping container profile as a feature in a building design. Shipping Container corrugated wall panels, container framing, cargo doors, and cross members are constructed with metal and create a point of difference and provide a weathered industrial feel.

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  • How are Shipping Containers Delivered?

    Container are delivered on self-offloading trucks, there are a few differing methods utilised to deliver your container mostly dependant on the access at the delivery site. For a details description on Shipping Container delivery head over to our delivery page.

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  • What is a general-purpose Shipping Container?

    Shipping containers come in a range of sizes with 20 ft containers & 40 ft containers the most common. A general-purpose Shipping Containers is what is known as a standard heigh or 8’6 (2600mm) high container.

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  • What is a High Cube Shipping Container?

    Shipping containers come in 2 standard sizes, 8’6, being a general-purpose Shipping Container and High Cube Containers, which are 9’6 high.

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  • Who invented the Shipping Container?

    Malcolm Purcell McLean invented the Shipping Container that changed the world. Malcom was an American businessperson and transport entrepreneur who developed the modern container in the second half of the twentieth century. Now known as Containerization, Malcolm’s design significantly reduced the cost of freight transportation by eliminating the requirement for repeatedly handling individual pieces of cargo. The modern Shipping Container also improved reliability, reduced lost cargo to theft whilst cutting inventory costs by significantly reducing transit time. We tip our hat to you Malcolm.

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