How Much Does a Container Cost? 6 Facts to Know

Shipping containers have numerous practical uses across dozens of industries in the U.S. Most commonly, shipping containers are used for storage. Containers built from industrial-grade steel provide long-term protection against the elements and added on-site security for equipment and tools. So, have you ever wondered, “How much does a container cost?”

Yet, storage containers can also be adapted for a number of other applications. Mobile offices on construction sites, for example, are commonly built out of shipping containers. Containers can also be used to build temporary classrooms, mobile jails, and other shelters, and they’re available with dozens of custom features like roll-up garage doors, track lighting, and HVAC or refrigeration units.

Does your business need a shipping container? Most first-time buyers have trouble estimating costs. In general, though, a standard 20-foot Conex box can cost as little $1,650. Yet, there are numerous factors that affect the price including the container’s age, features, overall condition, delivery costs and the container’s dimensions.

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Unit Sizes and Container Costs

The standard dimensions for a Conex container are 20-feet long by 8 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall. A standard used unit of these dimensions is currently running around  $1,700-$1,800.

  • High Cubes: Larger “high cube” units are 9.5 feet tall.
  • Lengths: The other standard length is 40 feet long. There are other much less common options such as 10 or 45 feet. These uncommon lengths may be more difficult to find and therefore can increase costs.  K&K can take any 40′ or 20′ and re-manufacture them to be a custom size.
  • Widths: 8 feet wide is the most common width for ISO manufactured shipping containers. Although some distributors modify them to provide 10-foot-wide boxes, K&K does not perform this modification.

Custom Features and Costs

Custom features are one variable that may increase the cost of a shipping container. Cargo containers with windows, insulation and/or electrical inputs, for example, require more materials and added manufacturing costs. Options include:

  • Ventilation
  • Watertight doors
  • Garage doors
  • HVAC systems
  • Refrigeration equipment
  • Track lighting
  • Paint colors
  • Stacked containers
  • Flooring
  • Specialized locking mechanisms

Ultimately, basic add-on features may add $250-$2500+ to the cost of the shipping container.  Before you spend more than you need to, the best way to determine price is to ask the builder for an estimate. K&K Container provides quick quotes for the costs of a custom-fabricated shipping container.  We are interested in supplying what is needed not what is best for us.  Contact us today to learn more.

2 More Factors That Affect Cost

With used shipping containers, the “condition” of the container can also affect the price. Many containers have dents and dings from the shipping process; they’re still fully functional, but might not look brand new.

Corrosion and rust are other common aesthetic defects that do not interfere with functionality. Here are two more factors that affect the answer to, “How much does a container cost?” — 

  • Availability: Most suppliers have access to 20- and 40-foot containers. These can be customized or delivered without modifications. Yet, containers with unique dimensions may need to be shipped to the location, which adds to costs.
  • Cost of Delivery: Shipping costs are commonly based on mileage, and therefore, costs will increase depending on your distance from the supplier. Additionally, larger containers or custom containers with added weight can also increase shipping costs. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Container Costs

Have more questions about how much a container costs? Check out these commonly asked questions and our answers:

How much is a 40ft container worth?

A 40ft container is typically priced between $4,500 and $8,000, but this varies based on international supply chain factors, local market prices, and current demand. 

How much is a 53ft container?

A 53ft container, which offers more storage space, generally costs $10,000 or more. As is the case with other containers, these prices are subject to change based on market conditions and the specific features of the container.

How much does it cost to ship a 40ft container?

When it comes to shipping a 40ft container, the cost can range from $1,500 to $7,000. The final price will depend on distance, volume, and speed of shipping. 

How much does a full shipping container cost?

The cost of a full shipping container can vary significantly based on its size and type. For instance, a new 20ft standard shipping container might cost around $3,000 while a new 40ft high-cube container could cost up to $7,000 or more.

It’s important to note that these are just average prices and actual costs may vary based on our current pricing and other market dynamics. Feel free to contact our team at any time with your questions about container costs or starting your commercial or governmental project.

Start Your Project Now

In the market for a custom or storage shipping container? Contact K&K Container today to learn more about our options. We manufacture custom containers on-site in Baltimore, MD, and deliver throughout the region. Request your quote now!

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