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3J Services Ltd provide new and used 8ft, 10ft, 12ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping containers, for sale or hire nationwide. Our portable cabins, modular buildings, flat pack units and steel containers can be fabricated to any specification. We also undertake container site works, repairs and modifications.

Call us today on 0330 321 3380 or complete our quick enquiry form for a competitive quotation.


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Shipping containers start their life as enormous packing boxes for a variety of goods that eventually reach our shores. The containers are robust because they are designed to withstand severe weather conditions whilst carrying heavy cargo around the world, this makes them ideal not only for shipping but also for domestic storage or as a base for a container project. Steel containers are available as new or used units.

Used steel containers are available in a variety of sizes, as standard, we can provide 10ft, 20ft and 40ft used containers. However, our ability to modify containers means that we can provide used containers in any size to suit your needs.

Used containers have been owned for a number of years by a shipping line who have used the containers on a number of occasions to ship goods around the UK. A used container enters the market when the contract with the leasing company has expired. Used containers are usually at least 10-12 years old, however, their age should not influence your buying decision, the grade, or quality should. Our used containers are checked upon entering and before leaving our storage depots. They are weather proof and although they may not look too pretty, we still expect them (with the right upkeep) to last you around 10 years.

Security features can easily be added to used shipping containers. A lockbox is a steel shroud that is welded to the container doors, a steel lug is located inside the lockbox which houses a high security padlock. We can recommend the best padlock to use with your lockbox.

Used shipping containers can be transformed with some of our very simple modifications;

  • Painting – The specialist container paint we utilise will not only give your used container a new lease of life, but, it will also protect your container from the effects of rust for years to come.
  • Grafo-Therm – We can apply Grafo-Therm to the ceiling of your container to help prevent the effects of condensation.
  • Ramps – Our range of ramps, from budget to heavy duty, can make loading and un-loading your used container really simple.
  • Bespoke modifications – Visit our modifications page to view the wide range of bespoke modifications that we can perform on your container, from electrics to ply-lining, roller shutters to bar fit outs, you name it, we can do it!

The container has been built (most likely in China) and filled with cargo, it has then been loaded on a shipping vessel where it has begun its journey around the world with the cargo being loaded and un-loaded as required. The container has then finished its journey in the UK where the container is emptied and enters the UK domestic market.

New containers are sometimes known as ‘one-way’ or ‘once shipped’ containers.

Aestheically, they are much neater than used containers, generally speaking they are available in blue or green.

A wide variety of ‘special’ containers can also be provided, these include:

Side Loading Containers

Available in 20ft or 40ft lengths, these containers have full concertina doors to one 20ft side and to one 8ft end, they make loading large or awkward equipment very simple.  These units are usually only available as new.

Dual Side Loading Containers

Available in 20ft lengths, these rare containers have concertina doors to both 20ft sides and to one 8ft end! They are ideal base units for a conversion project, or for loading awkward equipment.  These units are usually only available as new.

High Cube Containers

Available in 20ft and 40ft lengths, these units have an extra 1ft in height, therefore, as oppose to the usual 8ft 6ins external height of a standard shipping container, these units are 9ft 6ins externally.  Whilst 20ft high cubes only tend to be available as new units, or as modified cut downs, 40ft high cubes are usually readily available as new or used units.

Double Door or Tunnel Containers

Available in 20ft and 40ft lengths, these units have double cargo doors to both 8ft ends of the container, this makes loading and unloading the container very straight-forward as a forklift can unload/load from both ends without having to remove all of the equipment to get to the front of the container.  These units are usually available as new, however, used modified units can be fabricated.

High Cube Double Door or Tunnel Containers

Like a standard double door / tunnel container, these units have doors at both 8ft ends, however, they also provide an extra 1ft in height providing an external height dimension of 9ft 6ins.  These units only tend to be available as new, unless modified.

Pallet Wide Containers

These units tend to be 45ft long and have a slighter larger internal width of 8ft, they were made with the Euro Pallet in mind, and, the extra internal space means that a pallet wide container can load an additional five Euro Pallets to a standard width 45ft container.

Open Top Containers

Open top containers are available in 20ft and 40ft lengths and can be procured as new or used units.  They were designed for extra large pieces of cargo that was simply too high or awkward for a standard container, these units do not have a roof, instead they are covered by a tarpaulin.

Shipping and Storage Container Experience

We have over 70 combined years experience in the container industry, with a focus on excellent customer service. We have worked with our suppliers and hauliers for many years and they too understand the quality of service we expect.

Contact us today on 0330 321 3380 for a competitive quotation or complete our quick enquiry online form and find out more.

We have over 70 combined years experience in the container industry, we will give you the expert advice and service you need. We take care of your storage needs, guiding you through the sales process and ensuring that your delivery is completed efficiently by one of our haulage experts.