Frequently Asked Questions
We answer some of the most commonly asked questions about our shipping containers below, if there is a question that you may have that we haven’t answered, please feel free to contact us, we’re happy to help you out!
Yes, you can. We offer a range of standard modifications to shipping containers and can offer advice and guidance on bespoke requirements. Some examples of standard modifications we offer include installation of roller doors and lock boxes for additional security.
One trip new build containers are available in a limited range of colours set by the manufacturer. We carry a range of light and dark colours to suit most needs.
B grade containers come in a range of colours however if you have a specific colour you want to paint your B grade container, we can do this for an additional charge.
Yes, you can. Get in touch with the team and they can set this up for you.
You will be emailed an invoice for the container which you can pay via bank transfer.
Yes. We have a network of experienced transport operators who specialise in container delivery. We will ask you some questions about your site access and desired container placement.
20ft containers are delivered with a HIAB aka crane truck which allows flexible placement options.
40ft containers are generally delivered with a swing lift aka side loader. These trucks unload the container to the right-hand side of the trucks cab.
We can also offer other specialised delivery options to suit unique situations.
Assess access for the truck delivering the container to check if there are any overhead obstacles like trees or powerlines. Consider other obstacles such as narrow entrance ways or tight turns. If you’re not sure we are here to help talk to the team and we can assist with your site assessment.
The ideal site for placement of a shipping container should be level and free draining. Shipping containers need to be level to ensure that the doors operate correctly.
We recommend placing either concrete or tanalised wooden blocks under each corner of your shipping container to provide ventilation and protect from standing water.
Containers need to have a valid container safety certificate known as a CSC to be accepted by shipping lines. The most reliable way to ensure you meet this requirement is to purchase a new container. New build containers have a CSC 5 years out from their manufacture date.
Yes. Most of our depots can facilitate inspection of our containers. Viewing is by appointment so get in touch with our friendly team to arrange a time.
If you can’t make it or are purchasing a container from a depot where viewing is not available, we are happy to demonstrate containers via video call and provide photos of the container you will receive.
Yes, we can take care of all logistics associated with your container.
Delivery and movement of containers is directly affected by how heavy the contents of the container are. Talk to our friendly team for more advice on movements of loaded containers.
Each region has different rules and regulations so if you are unsure, it is best to check with your local council directly
Place your container on a level free draining site to ensure the doors operate correctly and the base remains elevated out of standing water. Ideally have enough space around the container to allow good air circulation.
Keep the roof of the container free of debris and leaf fall. Air out the container by opening the doors periodically allowing the container to vent.
Shipping containers are made from corten steel. This is designed to oxidise (rust) on the surface when bare metal is exposed to the elements which offers natural protection to the underlying steel. Corten is extremely hard wearing and will last many years exposed. It is the same metal that railway tracks are made from. If you wish to seal any exposed surfaces you can sand or grind back the oxidised surface and paint it with an appropriate metal finish paint.
We are happy to discuss purchase and removal of a container you no longer need. Get in touch with our friendly team.
Shipping containers offer excellent security due to their inherent build strength and are an ideal storage solution when security is a priority.
New build containers come with integrated lock boxes designed for special heavy-duty tamper-proof padlocks. These lock boxes are also a cost option on a B grade container.
NZ Containers stock and supply tamper proof container padlocks. Enquire with our team today.
20ft Shipping Container External Dimensions
Length 6.1 metres
Width 2.44 metres
Height 2.59 metres
*High Cube Height 2.86 meters
20ft Shipping Container Internal Dimensions
Length 6.02 meters
Width 2.38 meters
Height 2.39 metres
*High Cube Height 2.69 Meters
Internal capacity 33.2 cubic meters
*High Cube capacity 37.3 cubic meters
20ft Shipping Container Empty Weight (Tare weight)
1980-2200kgs depending on manufacturer
40ft Shipping Container External Dimensions
Length 12.2 meters
Width 2.44 meters
Height 2.59 meters
*High Cube Height 2.86 meters
40ft Shipping Container Internal Dimensions
Length 12.03 meters
Width 2.38 meters
Height 2.39 meters
*High Cube height 2.69 meters
Internal capacity 67.6 cubic meters
*High cube internal capacity 76 cubic meters
40ft shipping container empty weight (Tare weight)
3750-3820 kgs depending on manufacturer
Please note that delivery and movement of containers is directly affected by how heavy the contents of the container are. Talk to our friendly team for more advice on movements of loaded containers.