Not sure where to start? Take a look through our frequently asked questions and get the answers to some of the most common questions asked by our customers.


We are one of the largest shipping container suppliers across the UK with a combined 100+ years’ experience within the senior sales team. We have the skill and know-how to help you find the perfect solution for your needs.

A new, one-trip shipping container is a container that has only made a single journey, from the manufacturer to our depot. One-trip containers are always supplied in mint condition. We have a wide range of colours available, with green and blue being the most popular options. One-trip containers are designed and manufactured for the domestic market. Additional features include; protective lockbox for added security, additional vents to help with ventilation and easy opening waist height handles.

A used or second-hand shipping container is typically between 8 – 15 years old and is still structurally sound and wind and watertight. Containers require minimal upkeep and should last an additional 20+ years upon purchase.

All of our shipping containers are constructed from high-quality materials, and manufactured with marine ply flooring and high quality corten steel.

Shipping containers are waterproof by design with full wrap around seals. They are manufactured to withstand rigorous shipping environments and are a strong, reliable method of storage. Second hand units are always checked and supplied with a 12-month wind and watertight warranty.

Here are 1st containers we pride ourselves on offering some of the most competitive prices in the marketplace. This is based on a number of factors including condition, buying/renting, number of units purchased, availability, and market rates. For a free quote, get in touch with our team here.

Yes, as a major supplier of shipping containers, 1st Containers maintains a large stock of all types and sizes at all times. That allows us to make prompt bulk deliveries anywhere in the UK and beyond.

Yes. We have a specialist container conversions team who are able to transform shipping containers in to bespoke, made to measure structures based on customer requirements. Visit our shipping container conversions page for more details.

1st Containers provides its customers with the ability to return unwanted containers. We will buy back the container and send a vehicle to remove it from your property. Visit our buy back page for more details.

Shipping containers are usually classified as temporary structures, and as such can be erected without permission from planning authorities. However, it is always advisable to seek assurances from your local planning office and any neighbours who could be affected by the container. We are on hand for free advice.

The Shipping containers supplied by 1st Containers require minimal maintenance, even if they are used in harsh marine environments or exposed to extreme weather. Greasing the hinges and locking rods at regular intervals is a good way to keep the doors perfectly operational.


Yes, we offer full logistical support with our dedicated team on hand from start to finish. Deliveries are carried out with our HIAB assisted crane fleet. Delivery always includes positioning and placement at your premises.

We organise delivery of purchased or rented container units anywhere in the United Kingdom, with full logistical support. Just tell us your address and specify any obstructions that might restrict access, and our team will arrange the rest.

The only thing the client needs to do before the container arrives is to ensure that the surface where the container will be positioned is relatively flat and firm enough to support the weight of the unit. Our delivery team are happy to assist you with positioning the container during delivery. Sleepers or paving slabs are cost effective sensible options.

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