What Can Be Used In A 40 Ft Shipping Container


The 40 ft shipping container is very versatile and can be used for various purposes. As the go-to option for large-scale exporting worldwide, big organisations and enterprises frequently buy 40 ft shipping containers due to their enormous shipping capacity. However, you may be unsure as to what exactly can or should go inside. 

This article will delve into the various items that can be stored or exported with 40 ft shipping containers in New Zealand. From international shipments to make-shift buildings, these enormous and sturdy boxes will be the perfect solution for a range of different industries. 

Effective Storage For Business 

The most obvious use for an ample empty space is to use it for storage. A viable option for extensive storage, 40ft containers can be the solution for personal use or a commercial organisation. Moreover, this container could easily have an entire two to three-bedroom apartment stored within. 

If you’re looking to store the inventory or stock of your business in an area without the excessive cost of renting a warehouse, a 40ft shipping container can do the trick. Some of the items that are typically stored within shipping containers can include: 

– Motor vehicles 

– Sporting equipment

– Household items 

– Machinery

– Non-perishable goods

Bulk Shipment Of Goods 

As the standard method of shipping items worldwide, 40ft shipping containers are still very much in action. But, ultimately, shipping items was the primary purpose that led to the container being developed in the first place. Businesses desperately needed a box that was sturdy, water-tight and protected against the elements during their travels. 

Although all shipping containers can obviously be used for exporting, 40 ft shipping containers are even more versatile. The enormous size of these crates allows them to maximise the shipping potential and reduce the long-term stress on your company. 10 ft and 20 ft containers can only hold a fraction of a 40 ft container’s capacity – why waste time and money buying several smaller containers? 

Modified Shipping Container Office/Home

ContainerCo is proud to provide container modification services that unleash the potential of your 40 ft shipping container. Considering the size, there are several potential options for modifications of 40 ft containers. Looking for a worksite office as a site manager? ContainerCo is fully capable of installing a door, windows and ventilation features that ensure a dry interior. 

Quite a few of our most recent modifications include pop-up cafes and even tiny homes. A growing trend in the area of sustainability, these options are loved by many due to their environmentally friendly approach. You’ll be able to upcycle a shipping container into a brand-new home. We can install windows, doors, and we can even set up the groundwork for plumbing and electricity. 

What NOT To Put Inside A 40ft Shipping Container

While 40 ft shipping containers are noted for their versatility, there is a thorough list of items which are typically forbidden to go inside. Of course, every country has a different set of rules, but most regulations prohibit the storage of: 

– Animals and plants 

– Flammable or toxic items (although there are specific containers for toxic items) 

– Illegal items (weapons, contraband etc.) 

– Perishable foods 

– Personal items (documentation etc.) 


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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