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Hi, I'm Michael Ford, owner and creator of this site, Shipping Containers For Sale. I've had over 20 years in the business of international shipping, mostly regarding large container ships. And now my specialty is selling shipping containers themselves. I wanted to create a site that would educate and provide you with the kind of direct and specific information you cannot get anywhere else. I'll post articles and provide images that will help you chart a course through the murky waters of shipping containers and come to port safe and happy. Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment. I'm happy you stopped by.

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The Best Places To Buy A Shipping Container Online


Buying a new or used shipping container used to be a long, time consuming process. Sending requests out to local vendors and waiting for them to respond with pricing was an arduous and very old school process.

Fortunately, the internet has solved some of these problems.

#5 – ContainersAuction.com – Was a good site for buying but has now been absorbed by Shipped.com (#1 below).

#4 – eBay.com has a shipping container section with quite a few for sale.  The problem is delivery is not included and most of the containers on offer will be far from your home.

#3 – Craigslist.org – Lots of deals can be found on Craigslist and there are containers listed in many of the top cities.  Buyer beware when dealing with the sellers though – make sure you FULLY INSPECT the container before forking over your cash.

#2 – Local Vendors – Guys like MobileMini come to mind.  But the prices these companies charge is typically quite high.  Check the phonebook or online sites like YellowPages.com to find them, contact them, and then deal/negotiate with them.

#1 – Shipped.com – This is the largest online marketplace to buy or sell shipping containers.  It works like a reverse eBay, you put in what you want and then sellers compete for the lowest price. All sellers are verified and they also have a free escrow feature, guaranteeing that the buyer gets the exact container they’re supposed to.


If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.  We love to read your feedback.  Good luck with your shipping container buying!

Information on Shipping Containers For Sale

Shipping containers for sale on the market today is growing in number due to the increasing number of businesses which are engaged in international shipping of products or goods. In fact, there are about 17 million shipping containers which have been produced worldwide.

If you are planning to have containers used in your business, it is essential for you to know the important information about containers. Here are some which will help you to be informed about containers for sale.

Shipping containers have several sizes. The standard dimensions for steel shipping containers in the US are as follows:
a. 45′ x 9′ 6″ x 8′ 6″
b. 48′ x 9′ 6″ x 8′ 6″
c. 53′ x 9′ 6″ x 8′ 6″

For cargo containers which are built to have the best quality of steel, the standard sizes are as follows:
a. 20′ x 8′ 6″ x 8′
b 40′ x 8′ 6″ x 8′

Shipping containers for sale on the market have several uses and they are classified depending on grades. Grade A containers are brand new and have the highest price on the market.

Grade B shipping containers for sale are those which are commonly purchased because of their economical and practical price. These containers are used containers but were inspected and certified to be used internationally.

Grace C are containers are usually recycled for other purposes such as storage rooms, houses, hotels, communication rooms and many more..

Premuim Grade containers are those which are certified as Cargo worthy by the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL). These units have superior quality when compared to Grade A containers and are more expensive by 30% compared to Grade A containers.

When planning to buy shipping containers, it is recommended that you contemplate on several things first before looking for suppliers, Be sure to look online for more information.