How A Shipping Container Can Be Used For Storage

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While shipping containers are well-known for being hauled across the world, there has become a growing use for them right here at home. Who would have thought that a 10, 20 or 40ft shipping container could make for such an excellent storage unit? Viable for any business or personal use, a shipping container provides a secure setting to ensure your belongings or inventory remain absolutely safe. 

Considering a shipping container for your storage? Let this comprehensive blog convince you that a shipping container storage unit is your best choice! We will go through the ins and outs of how secure these steel boxes are, as well as their durability. 

What Are Shipping Containers? 

In the plainest of terms, a shipping container is a large box that is used to ship items around the world. Commonly fastened onto ship liners, shipping containers are made from a specific metal called Corten steel. A flat and robust material that can withstand nature’s most extreme conditions without compromising the contents within. 

To learn more about shipping containers, please read ‘The History of Shipping Containers’.

Extreme durability from harsh weather makes shipping containers an exceptionally desirable product for international businesses that rely on effective and secure transportation. These containers have even been suggested to be the grease of the global economy – ensuring that products are always delivered without damage.

Recent years have indicated a new purpose, however. Storage is always in need among businesses or even for individual use. With the protection on offer, how could you say no to your very own spacious, robust storage unit? 

What Storage Benefits Do Shipping Containers Include?

The most obvious perk of using a shipping container is its durability. Designed to handle the most hostile of weather conditions, you really couldn’t ask for a more reliable storage solution. The Corten steel is firmly fixed and screwed in place to create a box that is resistant to moisture, pests, fire and more.

Secondly, you’ll want to prioritise security when storing anything, which also happens to be a speciality of the shipping container. With firm and reliable locking systems installed in the shipping container, you can be sure that you’ll be the only one with access inside and out. 

Additionally, you can truly have it your way with a shipping container storage unit, thanks to the potential for modifications. Most commonly, people will install shelves to increase the storage capacity. Depending on your situation, you may wish to also include other features, such as desiccants – which further decrease the moisture content within the shipping container.

What Are The Different Types Of Shipping Containers?

There are actually quite a few variations of shipping containers and each of which may be better suited for your particular situation. For example, there are dry, refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options.

Refrigerated containers are obviously used for any items that require a certain cool temperature to remain intact or fresh. This is an appropriate option for any FMCG business or any operation that includes temperature-sensitive products that require long-term storage. 

ContainerCo also has several dangerous goods shipping containers, which are effective storage units for any harmful substances. Particularly after the recent COVID-19 epidemic, there is always a need for storing medicinal items or samples that may be an aid to scientific research. 

Could I Customise A Shipping Container Storage Unit? 

Every customer has a specific set of requirements for their storage unit shipping container. Our team of experts is experienced in delivering bespoke solutions to meet those needs. ContainerCo’s modification services can ensure your shipping container includes features such as windows, doors, and insulation. Insulation is particularly important for those who have items that require an optimum temperature. 

Could I Increase The Security Potential Of A Shipping Container? 

We understand that people who use a shipping container as a storage unit may be looking for enhanced security. This is why we offer a range of security options to ensure that our containers remain secure and tamper-proof. We are able to provide specialised locking systems, which can provide users with the peace of mind of knowing that their belongings are absolutely safe and secure. 

At ContainerCo, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest level of security possible, and we take pride in offering customised solutions to meet their unique security needs.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10 ft, 20 ft, and 40 ft 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. In addition, 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, hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

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

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