Used Shipping Containers For Sale

The container ship, the titan of the ocean, the behemoth of the seven seas, the cargo-carrying colossus stealing the horizon as it sails from port to port. For anyone unsure of what we mean, then either look out to sea or watch Captain Phillips and you will soon know the types of ships we mean and, if you get the opportunity to see just one container, you will grasp the immense magnitude of these ships. But the most important thing to take from this attention-grabbing introduction is not how good Tom Hanks was in the movie, but in fact, how much available space there is in just one used shipping container.

The Benefits Of Second-Hand Shipping Containers


A shipping container used for a new function is a modern way of expanding your premises without breaking the bank. Second-hand shipping containers, also known as refurbished containers, offer several benefits for various purposes and industries including the following advantages:

Cost Savings 

The cost-effective benefits of second-hand shipping containers stem from their affordability and versatility, making them an attractive choice for a wide range of applications. Like most used items, second-hand shipping containers cost significantly less than new ones, and since modern container ships can carry up to 20,000 of these units, there is a vast supply.

Quick Availability

The international shipping industry is huge and continually in operation with millions of shipping containers being used to transport goods globally. Due to the nature of this operation, and with the containers spending most of their time exposed to the elements at sea, there is a continuous turnover as they are retired from service due to age and wear and tear. However, they are easily restored to a condition ideal for static inland purposes, which means there is always a surplus of used storage containers for sale.

Environmentally Friendly

What makes anything that is repurposed and used again environmentally friendly? It is simply less wasteful and, when an item is robust and well-made, the process can cycle again and again. This results in less raw material consumption, labour and energy savings as well as reduced waste.

Secure Structure

If you are looking for a storage container for sale, then a second-hand shipping container is one of the most robust and structurally sound units around. However, the level of security can vary depending on several factors, including the location of the container, the condition of the container and any additional security measures implemented, such as reinforced doors, locking mechanisms and alarm systems.


Second-hand shipping containers are highly customisable and offer a versatile platform for a wide range of modifications and adaptations to suit various purposes. The extent of customisation largely depends on your specific needs, budget and the skills of the professionals you work with and, with our experts at ModCon, you can be assured of the highest quality of work to achieve your bespoke finish within your available budget.

Robust Construction

As their intended purpose is to spend their life crossing oceans, shipping containers are known for their robustness and durability. Several factors contribute to their strength including the high-quality Corten steel typically used to make them, the expert welding used to construct them in position, the corrugated design of the walls and the built-in impact resistance required for the rigorous loading and unloading procedures.

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Why Choose ModCon Cabins?

At ModCon, we have over 25 years’ experience in supplying a wide range of portable buildings and shipping containers including eco-friendly cabins, secure storage and modular buildings. Our expert team has vast knowledge in constructing, customising and repurposing all portable buildings and is an industry leader when it comes to modifying and adapting second-hand shipping containers for repurposed use.

Flexibility For Conversion Opportunities

Second-hand shipping containers are extremely versatile and can be converted in many ways. Thanks to the wide range of sizes available, they can fit most locations perfectly and can become offices, shelters, toilets, cafés, gyms or, if you watch BBC’s Grand Designs, stylish modern properties.

Consistent Quality

Thanks to the expert team at ModCon, we can ensure all our storage containers for sale are of the utmost structural quality and all customisations are made with care and efficiency to suit your individual needs perfectly.

Long-Standing Reputation

ModCon has been a leading name in the portable cabins and shipping containers industry for over 25 years. Our team draws on their extensive knowledge to ensure you receive the best service and the best product. You are in safe hands with ModCon.

Expert Guidance

Perhaps you need a common customisation or solution for expansion or storage or maybe you have your own grand designs and need some expert help in bringing them to life. Whatever reason you need to speak to our expert support team, we will always be available to our customers.

Repurpose A Second-Hand Shipping Container: Our Recommended Applications

Finding a quality used storage container for sale is a great way to keep costs down as you look for an ideal solution for expansion, storage or temporary structures. The versatility they offer knows no bounds, which is why you find them in numerous applications including the following:

Secure Storage Containers

One of the simplest ideas for repurposing a second-hand shipping container is to turn it into a secure storage unit. Thanks to their build, they are durable, weather resistant and, with the right customisations, can have additional bars on windows, reinforced doors, security locks and alarm systems installed.

Offices And Workspaces

It is very common to find repurposed shipping containers used as offices, thanks to the ease of customisation and adaptation. Containers can be insulated, wired for electricity and fitted with windows and built-in office furniture. It is a great way to expand your administration on a temporary or permanent basis.

Retail Spaces

Second-hand shipping containers are a superb choice in the retail industry as they can be used for kiosks at events, fairs or in public spaces, as well as an easy choice for a pop-up retail unit. They can be customised to suit the needs of different businesses and be easily relocated to target different customers.

Additional Accommodation And Home Conversions

Much like on Grand Designs, shipping containers can be used to make stylish home extensions, conversions and even homes themselves. If you have the land to place them on, then you are only truly limited by budget and imagination. If you need inspiration, just browse the internet for ‘shipping container houses’ and you will be amazed at what people have achieved.

Construction Site Facilities

Construction sites in their nature are temporary as once the project is complete it is time to move on. This is where easily relocatable structures, such as used shipping containers, are ideal. They can be used as onsite storage for tools and equipment, breakrooms and even toilets or shelters.

Farm And Garden Storage

A second-hand shipping container can make the perfect storage solution for farms and gardens. Of course, getting the correct size is important as you don’t want it to take over your space. Another great use for a used shipping container on a farm is as an adapted animal shelter that is secure from predators and offers them the warmth and comfort they require.

Educational Spaces

Many second-hand shipping containers can be found in schools these days as additional space is required to cater for growing classes. These can often be temporary solutions as a school undergoes repairs or rebuilds, but often these can be used more permanently as they are customised for comfort.

Cafeterias And Food Stalls

You will often see a shipping container used as the base structure for a trendy café or food stall. They offer great advantages in fitting out for a food business and are easily moved as your market changes. Fantastic for a greasy spoon on an industrial estate or quick snacks on the road.

Sports and Leisure Facilities

Second-hand shipping containers are a great idea for changing rooms, mobile showers, toilets or even mini gyms. Larger shipping containers can also be used as the structure for a swimming pool, either by burying them or adding a pool liner. This is a superb cost-effective way of having a home pool.


Great experience with this company. Alan was really helpful from start to finish and was quick to respond to our queries. Already recommended them to other construction sites. Thanks, Alan!
I can’t recommend ModCon highly enough. We had two new toilet and shower blocks delivered on Monday and have already ordered our smoking shelters with them because they’re so good. Everything arrived as promised and ready for use.
We got our new office units through ModCon and couldn’t be happier with the results. They look great and the guys from ModCon went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. They’re really friendly and easy to talk to as well.


Modular Buildings

We make modular buildings, including bespoke, flatpack and eco options for a variety of sectors. Visit our modular buildings page to find out more.

Portable Cabins

Whether you’re looking for cabins that provide an additional layer of security or want to prioritise environmental goals – or both – we make a range of different portable building types to meet your each and every need.

Used and Refurbished

Our used and refurbished cabins and modular buildings can be used for literally anything. As part of our service, we ensure that they are fit for purpose, whether you need them for standard storage or specialist use.


The structural integrity of a used shipping container depends on factors such as its age, previous use and regular maintenance. While shipping containers are designed to withstand the rigours of transportation and exposure to the elements, some wear and tear may occur over time. However, at ModCon, we ensure all our used storage containers for sale have been restored and repaired to offer a secure and sturdy structure.