What You Can Fit Inside A Shipping Container

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Shipping containers come in 3 main sizes: 10ft, 20ft and 40ft. The containers purpose is one of the first things to identify when choosing a shipping container. The configurations of the items being placed in the container are also important. This then helps you establish how much space you need to transport or store all your items.

In this blog, we will talk about the different sizes of shipping containers including the internal dimensions and what you can really fit inside our shipping containers.

10 ft shipping containers

10 ft shipping containers offer a wide range of transport and storage solutions. Our 10 ft shipping containers are ideal for residential, business, retail and industrial dry storage, or for use as a garden shed. This is a great option for when you are short on space and need a quick storage solution.

These containers come with either a single or double door and a lockbox for added security to prevent tampering. Our 10 ft containers for sale come both new and used. Sized at 2.90 metres in length and 2.39 metres in height and 2.35 in width, these containers provide just enough room to fit two standardised pallets side by side.

20 ft shipping containers

20 ft containers are one of the most popular shipping containers chosen to transport and store items as they are very versatile. This is due to their larger size at an affordable price. It is ideal for items such as construction site storage, retail stock, furniture, quad bikes and other general items. Depending on the dimensions of the vehicle, you can even store or transport larger vehicles such as a car.

To give you a visual aid of what that looks like, a standard 20 ft shipping container for sale in NZ can roughly hold:

  • 200 full-sized mattresses
  • 48,000 bananas
  • 50-60 refrigerators
  • 4000 shoeboxes
  • 400 flat-screen TVs

So if you ever need to transport 48,000 bananas, the 20 ft shipping container is the ideal solution. What you store or transport also depends on how much packing is used for the items to protect them. For example, bubble wrap, boxes, blankets and protective sponges will add bulk to the items you’re transporting and changes the options available.

The internal dimensions of ContainerCo’s 20 ft container for sale are 5.90 metres in length with 2.35 metres in width and 2.39 metres in height. The high cube shipping containers sit a whole 2.70 metres high, ideal for taller goods.

We can also provide 20 ft refrigerated containers for sale in NZ. This gives a wider range of storage options for perishable goods.

40 ft shipping containers

40 ft shipping container. 40 ft shipping containers for sale in Auckland, containers in Wellignton, containers in Christchurch and containers NZ-Wide.

40 ft shipping containers are the largest size we sell. With the external measurements sitting at 12.19 metres in length with 2.44 metres width and 2.59 metres high, these containers are ideal for transporting larger goods. Cheaper than shipping two 20 ft containers, these containers can fit:

  • 2-4 Cars
  • Up to 20 standard-sized pallets
  • Retail
  • Stock
  • Archives
  • Farm machinery
  • 96,000 bananas

Organisation and the packing of a 40 ft container are extra important at much of the size comes from length. Therefore, the most important items that need to be accessed first must be placed at the end of the container near the door. These containers are available for both sale and hire.


Shipping container modifications are a beneficial tool to consider when choosing a container. Side opening containers in NZ are ideal because it helps with the packing and unpacking of the container. Side doors can mean access with a forklift and are beneficial when loading items on pallets.

Open top shipping containers are ideal for bulky, loose goods such as coal or gravel. Combined with side opening shipping containers, these items can be easily unloaded. Modification is definitely something to consider when choosing a shipping container once the purpose is known.


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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