Shipping Containers – The Different Types And Their Uses

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Shipping containers’ functional uses have increased exponentially in the last decade or so. This is due to an increase in the number of different types of shipping containers you can hire or buy. Thanks to some innovative folks we’ve seen the range of shipping container options go from simply picking a size to now being able to choose a huge variety of different types, all serving different functions.

In this post, we’re going to take a quick look at each type of container and some of their advantages and uses.

Flat Rack Containers 

Flat rack shipping containers are made to transport irregular or oddly shaped cargo and tend to have either collapsible or fixed end walls at either end. They can be used for oversized cargo such as machinery, drums and barrels and other similarly sized/shaped cargo.

Open Top Containers 

These look like normal containers at first glance, but instead of a roof they have a tarp. This allows top loading and transporting of taller items.

Side Door Containers 

These containers open partially or completely on one side to allow you full side access. This is great for loading pallets and other similar items. There will generally still be normal container doors at one or both ends of the container as well. At ContainerCo we offer a wide range of side opening containers, NZ wide.

Double Door Options 

These shipping containers have doors at either end. This allows for easier loading and unloading and can be excellent as a secure storage solution. Ask us about our double door shipping containers for sale NZ wide, or for more short-term options enquire about hiring a container.

Refrigerated Containers 

These come as 20 ft containers and 40 ft containers and are used to keep the item inside at certain cool temperatures. At ContainerCo we offer cold storage shipping container hire as well as refrigerated containers for sale, NZ wide.

Modified Shipping Containers 

Shipping container modifications can open a world of possibilities. Modifying containers to suit particular needs has grown in popularity over the last decade or two. Now you can find containers being used as cafes, bars, site offices, toilets, homes and more. Enquire about our modified shipping containers and our ability to offer container modifications NZ wide.

10 ft Containers For Sale NZ

10ft shipping containers are the perfect storage solution if you are a bit more restricted for space. Measuring 3m by 2.44m, they are ideal for residential, business, retail and industrial dry storage, or for use as a garden shed.

20 ft Containers For Sale NZ

Measuring 6m by 2.44m these containers are ideal for construction site storage, household items, retail stock overflow, quad/motorbikes, general storage as well as many more useful applications.

40 ft Containers For Sale NZ

The standard height 40ft shipping container measures 12.19m by 2.44m and is the perfect solution for storing larger items such as cars, retail stock, archives, farm machinery and anything else you want to keep dry and safe.

Dangerous Goods Containers

Dangerous Goods containers enable safe and secure storage of hazardous materials and substances like oils, diesel, paints, thinners and classified flammables. Our dangerous goods containers come with bundled flooring with a spill capacity from 1250 litres.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 

Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 

We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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