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Shipping Containers are a popular means of providing extra space both for short and long term storage solutions.

Shipping containers are available in all the major cities across Canada. Boxtainer Inc. has created partner relations with a network of major suppliers to supply shipping containers at competitive prices. The information below will help you become familiar with industry terminology, container uses and sizes, frequently asked questions, and common problems.

If your plans require containers for long term or even permanent use, it is probably better to purchase your container. But before you make your purchase, please check for any municipal rules against using containers in your area. Please contact your local city government offices to determine if any local ordinances against containers exist.

There are many options when purchasing a container. They are available in a variety of sizes and types. The most common is a standard dry van container with a cargo door on one end. Dry storage containers are very prevalent, with millions in circulation around the world. By far the most common are 20′ and 40′ storage or shipping containers, with options like dry, insulated, or modified containers in various sizes. Availability depends on your location, but in general, it is easiest to find the 20′ and 40′ containers. When you stray from the common sizes and types, you will pay a premium and increase the risk of receiving a container in substandard condition.

Container Sizes & Common Uses

Besides the typical sizes that are designed for the shipping industry, companies often offer containers in other lengths, These containers are typically cut down to make other sizes in length. These often come in sizes as small as 10′ and range up to 45′ or 53′ with common height of 8’ 6″. The larger sized containers 40′ 45′ and 53′ are also often available as “high cubes”. High cube containers are 9’ 6″ high with a much larger total storage capacity.
Container Uses:
  • Jobsite Container Storage
  • Pre build self storage facilities
  • Construction Storage
  • Mobile field office
  • Tool Storage
  • Overflow Equipment Storage
  • Inventory Storage
  • Work Area / Work Shops
  • Emergency Shelters
  • School Buildings, surplus supplies
  • Firework stands
  • Fire training facilities
  • Military training
  • Movable exhibition spaces
  • Agriculture Storage
  • Farm Equipment and supply storage
  • Ranch Storage
  • Paint Storage
  • Files, Books, Business Record Storage
  • Sports equipment storage
  • Snack bars, Concession stands
  • Automobile Storage
  • Tire Rack Storage
  • Guard Shacks
  • Hunting Shelters
  • Driveway portable storage units
  • Retaining walls
  • Secure perimeter barriers
  • Fencing and Storage
  • Containers as Structures
  • Wine, Vintner Storage
  • Temperature controlled storage for food products
  • Overflow Cargo Storage
  • Field research storage
  • Generator sound insulator
  • Residential moving and storage
Typical Dimensions
ExteriorInteriorDoor Opening
LengthWidthHeightLengthWidthHeightWidthHeight
10′ Standard Dry Container10′8′8’6″9’3″7’8″7′ 9 7/8″7’8″7’5″
20′ Standard Dry Container20′8′8’6″19’3″7’8″7′ 9 7/8″7’8″7’5″
40′ Standard Dry Container40′8′8’6″39′ 5″7’8″7′ 9 7/8″7’8″7’5″
40′ High Cube Dry Container40′8′9’6″39′ 5″7’8″8′ 10″7’8″8′ 5 1/2″
45′ High Cube Dry Container45′8′9’8″44′ 5″7’8″8’10”7’8″8′ 5 1/2″
Typical Dimensions
ExteriorInteriorDoor Opening
LengthWidthHeightLengthWidthHeightWidthHeight
10′ Standard Dry Container10′8′8’6″9’3″7’8″7′ 9 7/8″7’8″7’5″
20′ Standard Dry Container20′8′8’6″19’3″7’8″7′ 9 7/8″7’8″7’5″
40′ Standard Dry Container40′8′8’6″39′ 5″7’8″7′ 9 7/8″7’8″7’5″
40′ High Cube Dry Container40′8′9’6″39′ 5″7’8″8′ 10″7’8″8′ 5 1/2″
45′ High Cube Dry Container45′8′9’8″44′ 5″7’8″8’10”7’8″8′ 5 1/2″
20′ Refrigerated Container19′ 10.5″8′8’6″17′ 11″7’6″7’6″*7”5″7’3″
40′ Refrigerated Container40′8′8’6″37′ 11″7’6″7’6″*7”6″7’6″
40′ High Cube Refrigerated Container40′8′9’6″37′ 11″7’6″8’4″*7”6″8’4″
Typical Weights / Capacity
Cubic CapacityTare WeightMax GrossMax Payload
20′ Standard Dry Container1,165 sq. ft.5,05067,20062,150
40′ Standard Dry Container2,350 sq. ft.8,00067,20059,200
40′ High Cube Dry Container2694 sq. ft.8,77567,20058,425
45′ High Cube Dry Container3043 sq. ft.9,81072,80062,990
Typical Weights / Capacity
 Cubic CapacityTare WeightMax GrossMax Payload
20′ Standard Dry Container1,165 sq. ft.5,05067,20062,150
40′ Standard Dry Container2,350 sq. ft.8,00067,20059,200
40′ High Cube Dry Container2694 sq. ft.8,77567,20058,425
45′ High Cube Dry Container3043 sq. ft.9,81072,80062,990
20′ Refrigerated Container1,010 sq. ft. (967)**6,50352,80046,407
40′ Refrigerated Container2,051 sq. ft. (1959)**9,70067,20057,450
40′ High Cube Refrigerated2,380 sq. ft. (2,289)**9,59070,55060,960

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