40 Foot Shipping Containers – Benefits and Uses


40 ft shipping containers are the largest of the standard sized shipping containers, the others being 20 ft containers and 10 ft containers. While it isn’t as popular as its smaller brother (20 ft), 40ft containers are a staple of transporting and storing goods.

Being double the size and capacity of 20-foot containers, 40 foot containers are able to carry far more cargo at once, representing a more economical and efficient option for the transportation and storage of large quantities.

At ContainerCo we have 40 ft containers as well as 20 ft and 10 ft shipping containers for sale NZ wide, as well as shipping container hire and shipping container modification options.

Technical Specifications

  • Tare Weight: 3,660kg (3,890kg for high cubes)
  • External length: 12.19m
  • External width: 2.44m
  • External height: 2.59m (2.90m for high cubes)
  • Internal length: 12.03m
  • Internal width: 2.35m
  • Internal height: 2.39m (2.684m for high cubes)
  • Capacity: 67.5m3
  • Payload: 26, 300kg (approx.)
  • Total weight: 30,500kg

Uses For 40-Foot Containers

These sea containers’ larger size makes them useful in a few different ways:

Shipping Goods 

It’s their primary purpose and what they’re built for. They are tough, sturdy, water tight and designed to protect your goods against theft, the elements and physical damage. Their size makes them perfect for transporting large quantities of, or larger, items that wouldn’t fit into a smaller container.

Storage Solutions 

These containers provide a tonne of room to store just about anything you want. Some common things to store in these units include motor vehicles, sporting equipment, machinery, tools and even non-perishable foods and items.

Alternate Uses 

We can provide a wide range of shipping container modifications NZ-wide. This allows you to get many more uses out of 40ft containers than you might think. In the past they have been used as cafes, homes, site offices, ablution blocks, shower blocks, pop up shops, swimming pools and so much more.

Benefits Of 40-Foot Shipping Containers

There are many advantages to using these cargo containers:


They are BIG, which means you have a lot more options in regards to what you can transport and store. Adding shelving can further increase your possibilities.


These containers are built to last. They are the perfect dry storage solution as they are designed to keep out wind and water and keep your items safe from theft, vermin and physical damage.


Shipping and storage are obvious uses, but thanks to shipping container customisation these containers can fit a huge range of purposes.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 

Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 

We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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