If you’re looking for shipping containers for sale in the UK, you’re at the right place. In this blog, we’ll give you the latest container costs. Plus, learn how to can access prices quickly and easily yourself, so that you can buy containers within your budget. 

Shipping container prices in the UK have dropped since the beginning of 2023. This is mainly due to an overall surplus of containers in the global market, as well as recessionary fears in Europe. 

But there has never been a better time to invest in containers than now. The prices are low and containers are easily available. On the Container xChange trading platform, we have 50,000+ containers available in 2,500+ locations globally, including the United Kingdom. 

Want to check out the prices and availability of containers in your location? Simply use the public search below. Fill in your container requirements and location, and browse multiple offers from vetted sellers now.

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New and used shipping containers for sale in the UK

Before you get started buying shipping containers, you’ll need to decide on the condition. Are you going to opt for new or used containers? If you plan to use containers for a long time, you should go for a new shipping container, as these last for 15-20 years. 

New shipping containers for sale

New containers promise good resale value, as you can always sell it in the second-hand container market. They’re often known as one trip containers, as they’ve done a single trip from the place of manufacture to the first destination to drop off goods. 

New/one trip units are more expensive than used containers. For a new/one trip 20ft shipping container for sale in the United Kingdom, you’re looking at a price range of $2,000 to $3,000.

Used shipping containers for sale: A cheaper alternative 

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can choose used containers instead. Used containers can last for 8 to 10 years and are also the preferred choice for storage purposes. 

Benefits of buying old shipping containers

These containers may come with slight container damage but they’re perfectly fit to ship your cargo safely. You can buy used 20ft containers in the United Kingdom for as low as $1,200 on our platform.

Check out the price difference between new and used containers in your location to get the best deals for your budget now.

20ft shipping container prices

20ft containers are suitable for most dry cargo and are popular due to they’re compact nature. They’re also one of the most affordable containers in the market – with the prices between $2,000 and $2,700 in London.

We’ll tell you how you can access container prices yourself later in the blog. Or, check out the cost of 20ft containers in locations like London, Leeds or Southampton today.

40ft shipping container for sale

If you’re looking for more storage space, you should choose 40ft standard containers. They offer double the capacity but you’ll only pay around 30% more than for a 20ft.

40ft standard container dimensions

The average price for a cargo-worthy 40ft shipping container in the United Kingdom is around $2,000. Want to check out more 40ft container offers in different conditions? Find out the cost of 40ft containers in your location now.

40ft HC shipping containers for sale

The 40ft high cube (HC) has extra height and is perfect for taller and high-volume cargo. Wondering about the cost? For new 40ft HC shipping containers, you’re looking at a price range of $3,500 to $4,500. 

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, got for used 40ft HC containers. You can buy them for between $2,100 and $3,000 – depending on the condition of the units. Check out the graph below to see how the cost of a 40ft HC cargo-worthy container has fallen in London in recent months.

40ft HC price trend

Now that you have a rough estimate of container prices, it will be easier for you to make smart buying decisions. On the Container xChange trading marketplace, choose from 12 types of shipping containers in 2,500+ locations globally, including the United Kingdom. Click the banner below to check out container offers from +1,500 vetted sellers now.

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New and used containers for sale in London, Leeds, Southampton & more 

Looking for prices in specific locations? Here are the costs of standard cargo-worthy containers in three major cities in the UK.

Buy containers in London

If you need containers in London, you can get a cargo-worthy 20ft container for $1,405, a 40ft for $1,828 and a 40ft HC container for $1,480.

As you can see, high cubes are selling for a lower price than 40fts right now. To find more offers like this, browse and compare container prices now.

New and used containers in Leeds

Want containers in Leeds instead? Check out the costs here. For a 20ft unit in Leeds, you’ll shell out $1,820, for a 40ft you’re looking at $1,852 and for a 40ft HC, $1,653

Once again, go for bigger sizes and save cash! Check out container costs in Leeds today to get great value for money!

Get standard containers in Southampton

And if it’s Southampton you need equipment in, keep reading. For the 20ft variety in this city, you’ll pay $1,685, for the 40ft size, $1,827 and for a high cube, you’ll shell out $1,775

Get hold of 40ft HCs while they’re cheaper than 40fts in this region by browsing deals now.

Buy used 20ft, 40ft and 40ft HCs to use as storage containers

When it comes to buying containers for storage, used containers are your best bet. They’ll cost a lot less than new containers, and as long as they’re in good condition, will protect your goods from wind, rain and moisture all the same. 

Depending on your unique storage requirements, you should do your research in order to select the container size and type that best fits your storage load. Make sure you measure up the weight, height, length and width of your goods before selecting which size you’d like to buy. 

Get real-time shipping container prices in the UK

Container prices vary significantly even within the United Kingdom. To get the best deals, it’s important you stay updated on the current market prices. 

One easy way to access real-time prices is through xChange Insights. On Insights, you can access container data in 180+ locations globally, including the UK. All you have to do is select your desired location, container type and condition.

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Insights allows you to track price trends over weeks, months, and even several years. You can analyze the data and identify the best times to buy, sell or lease out your equipment in order to make profits.

Use the Insights to negotiate better deals with sellers and make sure you buy containers at the best prices. This way, you can make money on container deals quickly and easily! Want to check out the prices in your location now? Sign up for Insights for free now and see how it can help you make profitable deals.

Get the best deals on shipping and storage containers on Container xChange

Container xChange is the all-in-one container trading platform you’ve been looking for. We have 50,000+ containers in over 2,500+ unique locations globally, including the UK. Browse through offers, compare prices and trade containers – all at 0% commission. 

Here are a few benefits you’ll get once you’re a member on xChange: 

  • Buy containers at better prices than in your current sourcing channels
  • Choose from a wide range of container types, sizes and conditions, all in one place
  • Connect with 1,500+ vetted shipping companies globally
  • Make 100% secure transactions on the platform with the xChange wallet
  • Work with our dedicated customer service team, who are always available to help

Here’s what Tagustainer, a European container trading company, has to say about using the xChange platform:

“From buying the container to having it shipped, the entire process was simple and affordable with xChange.”

Do you also want to join companies like Tagustainer and expand your container trading business globally? Simply click the banner below and buy containers at best prices today.

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Shipping containers for sale UK prices: Common FAQs

How much does a standard 20ft dry container cost in the UK?

20ft standard cargo-worthy container costs range from $1,500 to $2,000 in the United Kingdom. The cost of a 20ft container fluctuates constantly, and depends on a variety of factors including the current supply and demand.

How much does a 40ft standard container cost in the UK?

The cost of a standard 40ft container in the UK ranges from $2,000 to $3,000. The price depends on the condition, location and supply and demand of the container.

What is the average price of new and used 20ft shipping containers in the UK?

The price of a 20ft cargo-worthy container in the UK is between $1,500 to $2,000. The price increases to between $2,500 - $3,000 for a new shipping container.