Whether you are actually shipping cargo across the ocean or just want a sturdy, large storage facility, a 40 foot container is surprisingly easy to find for your business. Typically, a container 40 foot long is actually about 39 feet and 4 inches long, 7 feet and 6 inches tall, and 7 feet and 8 inches wide inside. That means a 40 foot container is about 84 cubic yards. That's a lot of storage space--and for a reasonable price.
At 40 feet, container products may either be purchased or rented. Speciality containers are also readily available for specific business purposes. To determine which type of 40 foot ocean container is right for your business, consider the following:
1. For how long will you need the container?
2. Will you be storing anything perishable inside the container?
3. What other special amenities will you need in a 40 foot cargo container?
Determine how long you'll need the 40 foot container
For shipping or short term storage, consider renting a 40 foot ocean container. If you need long term storage, or will be shipping repeatedly, it's usually most economical to buy a used shipping container.
Use a refrigerated 40 foot cargo container for perishables
If you plan to ship or store anything that's perishable, a refrigerated storage container (also called a "reefer") is a must.
Choose a 40 foot shipping container to suit your other business needs
There are lots of options when it comes to buying or renting speciality 40 foot shipping containers. For example, there are containers that open from the top, containers with double doors, insulated containers, and remarkably comfortable containers for use as temporary office space.
- Need a 12,000 square foot office? Want it for about $20,000? Then consider building it from shipping containers! Believe it or not, there are even people building homes from 40 foot ocean containers.