20ft Side Opening Shipping Containers (One Trip / New)

Product Reference: 2222
  • 20ft long x 8ft wide x 8ft 6 high full side access shipping container
  • For site storage or export use
  • Comes with a circa 5-year CSC (for export)
  • High security lock box/padlock covers on both sets of doors
  • Full unobstructed side opening access and end opening doors
  • Guaranteed wind & watertight
  • Heavy duty rubber seal on all doors
  • Marine plywood floor
  • Fantastic long term value
  • Corten steel construction (COR-TEN A grade)
  • Multiple lashing points for shipping/strapping
  • Available in Blue (RAL5010 or RAL5013) and Green (RAL6007 or RAL6028)
  • Regional prices will vary subject to location.
Price from: £5,550.00 +VAT

How to Order

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Product Description

These one trip (new) 20ft side opening shipping containers are very popular with customers who want quick and easy access to items stored within. Often used for pallets, or for the storage of large and bulky items that won’t fit through the end doors of a standard shipping container.

Recently we have seen a lot more interest in conversions, turning 20ft side opening shipping containers into self contained mobile exhibition stands, cafes and snack stands and retail outlets. We also find these very popular for generator housings, biomass boilers and for a number of specialised engineering applications.

As you look from the outside at the end opening doors, the side opening doors are always to the right-hand side of the unit as seen when looking at the standard cargo doors. Left-hand side opening containers are available sometimes but not as often we we’d like.

For export use these one trip 20ft side opening shipping containers are very popular for vehicles or oversize items i.e. anything that you can’t easily load through the end doors of a container. Only some of the ranges of side opening containers have floor mounted lashing points – if you need these for securing your cargo please make tins clear to us at the time you request a price.

For storage use, these offer excellent easy access secure storage. If you need to store pallets but don’t want to spend your time digging out a pallet from the wrong end of a standard shipping container then this solution is ideal. Also, if you need rapid access to items, or if you’re storing any stock that is simply too big to fit through the end doors in a shipping container, a side opening container is an ideal solution.

Regional availability and prices will vary slightly, so please contact us for a quote. As a rough guide these are around twice the price of a standard, end opening new build container – there’s a lot of specialised engineering that goes into these side doors and as they are specialist containers they aren’t built in the sorts of volumes that standard shipping containers are built in – so the factories can’t offer the same economies of scale.

If price is a major concern please do get in touch to discuss, we may be able to offer a number of other solutions such as fitting cargo doors or roller shutters into the side of a new or used shipping container. We may also be able to take a container and modify it to have curtain access along the side. If it helps you are more than welcome to call us during office hours and we can chat through various options and rough costs to help you decide what might be the best / most viable option for you before firming up prices in writing.

Below we’ve made a quick 1-minute video to show how the doors operate on our ranges of 20ft side opening shipping containers to give you a better idea or how the side doors operate. Door panel sizes do vary from one range to the next but all doors we’ve seen operate in the same manner and will always fold back onto the sides as shown in the video.

Please be advised that these are sold as ‘one trip containers’ and are not brand new. All of our shipping containers are built in the factory in China or the far east and have done 1 trip into the UK since new. Some minor cosmetic wear may be evident from this initial trip. Minor dents and scrapes are reasonably common, as are tire marks inside your container where a fork lift truck or similar may have unloaded goods from inside the container.

All of our containers are checked over in our UK depots before sale, and are sold with our wind and watertight guarantees. You can read more on what wear we consider acceptable in our recent article what to expect from a one trip shipping container.


This range of 20ft side opening shipping containers is the most commonplace and ordinarily the most cost effective option for general storage uses.

We have a superb range of other side opening containers, including 4 other types of 20ft side opening shipping container. Please feel free to check out our post on the different types of side opening shipping containers that are available if you want to check out the options for taller or wider options, or with the side doors in different configurations.

Technical Information for 20ft shipping containers

Please note whilst we have tried to be as accurate as possible, some measurements (notably internal measurements) can vary slightly with the development and modernisation of manufacturing techniques over time. We recommend considering a circa 1 inch (2.5cm) tolerance. Where possible we have given a range on known variations in dims between ranges but we can’t guarantee this to be totally accurate for all ranges. If you have a specific sized problem or item to load that’s near these dims please double check with us in advance and if needs be we will get someone to measure your exact container before delivery.

Please see further down for 20ft side opening container specs

Length 20ft (6.058-6.096m)
Width 8ft (2.43-2.45m)
Height 8ft 6ins (2.59m)
Length 19ft 4ins (5.898m)
Width 7ft 8ins (2.33-2.35m)
Height 7ft 10ins (2.38-2.39m)
Door Opening
Width 7ft 8ins (2.33-2.38m)
Height 7ft 6ins (2.28m)
Floor Area 150sqft (13.93m²)
Cubic Capacity 1172 cu ft (33.18m3)
Weight 1.8-2.4 tons (1800-2400 Kgs)
Max Cargo (Export only) 21500 Kgs – 28,235 Kgs (Different max cargo weights available)
Fork Pockets
Width 1ft 2ins (360mm)
Height 4 1/2ins (115mm)
Centre to Centre 6ft 9ins +/- 2ins (2050mm +/- 50mm)

Side Opening Shipping Container (Specs as above unless listed)

Width 7ft 3ins – 7ft 6ins (2.224m – 2.287m)
Height 7ft 5ins – 7ft 10ins (2.273-2.39m)
Side Door Opening
Width 18ft 8ins – 19ft 1ins (5.702m – 5.820m)
Height 7ft 1ins- 2ins (2.159-2.189m)
Cubic Capacity 1097 cu.ft (31.1 cu.m)
Weight (Single side door unit) 2.93 tons (2930 Kgs, 6460 lbs)
Max Cargo (Export only) 21070 Kgs-26280 Kgs (46450 – 57938lbs)

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