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Used 20ft Containers

Do you require a used 20ft container?

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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Used 20ft Containers FOR SALE OR HIRE

20ft or 6 metre containers are our most popular container, their size can be compared roughly to a single garage so they have plenty of room! 20ft containers can be used for storage or shipping, they are available as new or used units and are available anywhere in the UK. 20ft steel containers are also available in a high cube version providing an extra foot of height for those oversized items.

What is a used 20ft container?

Used 20ft containers have been owned by 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 20ft 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 20ft 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.

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.

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.

Remember that 3J Services can tailor your container so that it suits your container needs perfectly, we recommend a high security lockbox and padlock as standard, however, just let us know if any of these items may be useful:


Sizes provided are nominal and vary slightly between manufacturers and specifications.

Max.Gross Weight 30480KG
​Tare Weight2155KG / 4700lbs
​Payload28325KG / 62500lbs
​Cubic Capacity33.2 cu.m / 1170 cu.ft
External Length6058mm / 19' 10.5"
​External Width2438mm / 8'
​External Height2591mm / 8' 6"
Internal Length5898mm / 19' 4.2"
Internal Width2350mm / 7' 8.3"
Internal Height2390mm / 7' 10.2"
Door Opening Width2338mm / 7' 7.7"
​Door Opening Height 2280mm / 7' 5.8"
Forklift PocketYes

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.