Shipping Containers - The Different Types And Their Uses

Shipping containers’ functional uses have increased exponentially in the last decade or so. This is due to an increase in the number of different types of shipping containers you can hire or buy. Thanks to some innovative folks we’ve seen the range of shipping container options go from simply picking a size to now being able to choose a huge variety of different types, all serving different functions.

In this post, we’re going to take a quick look at each type of container and some of their advantages and uses.

Flat Rack Containers - Flat rack shipping containers are made to transport irregular or oddly shaped cargo and tend to have either collapsible or fixed end walls at either end. They can be used for oversized cargo such as machinery, drums and barrels and other similarly sized/shaped cargo.

Open Top Containers - These look like normal containers at first glance, but instead of a roof they have a tarp. This allows top loading and transporting of taller items.

Side Door Containers - These containers open partially or completely on one side to allow you full side access. This is great for loading pallets and other similar items. There will generally still be normal container doors at one or both ends of the container as well. At ContainerCo we offer a wide range of side opening containers, NZ wide.

Double Door Options - These shipping containers have doors at either end. This allows for easier loading and unloading and can be excellent as a secure storage solution. Ask us about our double door shipping containers for sale NZ wide, or for more short-term options enquire about hiring a container.

Refrigerated Containers - These come as 20 ft containers and 40 ft containers and are used to keep the item inside at certain cool temperatures. At ContainerCo we offer cold storage shipping container hire as well as refrigerated containers for sale, NZ wide.

Modified Shipping Containers - Shipping container modifications can open a world of possibilities. Modifying containers to suit particular needs has grown in popularity over the last decade or two. Now you can find containers being used as cafes, bars, site offices, toilets, homes and more. Enquire about our modified shipping containers and our ability to offer container modifications NZ wide.

10 ft Containers For Sale NZ

10-foot shipping containers are the perfect storage solution if you are a bit more restricted for space. Measuring 3m by 2.44m, they are ideal for residential, business, retail and industrial dry storage, or for use as a garden shed.

20 ft Containers For Sale NZ

Measuring 6m by 2.44m these containers are ideal for construction site storage, household items, retail stock overflow, quad/motorbikes, general storage as well as many more useful applications.

40 ft Containers For Sale NZ

The standard height 40-foot shipping container measures 12.19m by 2.44m and is the perfect solution for storing larger items such as cars, retail stock, archives, farm machinery and anything else you want to keep dry and safe.

Dangerous Goods Containers

Dangerous Goods containers enable safe and secure storage of hazardous materials and substances like oils, diesel, paints, thinners and classified flammables. Our dangerous goods containers come with bundled flooring with a spill capacity from 1250 litres.

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At ContainerCo we have shipping containers for sale NZ wide in a range of sizes and configurations. You can hire for the short or long term, or purchase containers for a permanent solution to your needs. We have 40 ft, 20 ft and 10 ft shipping containers for sale NZ wide, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

We also offer four-door containers, high cube containers, refurbished shipping containers and other container modifications NZ-wide. Buy containers from one of our depots around the country and have them modified by our highly-skilled team.

We can provide you with shipping containers in a variety of sizes, for many purposes. We have containers for sale Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and NZ-wide, as well as container hires Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and NZ-wide.

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

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