Our refurbished 30ft shipping containers are made to order and one of our most popular ranges of refurbished containers. They are made by cutting larger containers down to size. The only actual second hand 30ft containers that are used in the freight industry at present are used for the movement of grains and powders and only come into the Newcastle Upon Tyne area (more info on these units below), so consequently we find our refurbished range of 30fts a very good balance of quality, convenience and price compared to other 30ft options.
If you need some storage but your containers are going to be seen by customers or otherwise on display, this refurbished range offers you a good improvement in cosmetic appearance over the standard used range of containers with a significant saving on new container prices. The examples shown are ones we have previously supplied our of our East London depot. All 30ft shipping containers all come wind and watertight guaranteed, freshly repainted and are ideal where a 40ft is too big but a 20ft just wont cut it.
Individual specs (and prices) vary slightly between depots in the UK but from our East London depot, where price is correct from, we can offer a huge range of options and specs. We also offer a 9’6” high version at a small premium if necessary £POA.
Refurbished shipping containers are typically 10-15 working days from point of order to delivery (although we can push these through reasonably quickly if we already have some in production for example – please ask.)
As featured in the main pictures above these made to order 30ft refurbs will include the original front end (i.e. the non door end) and a newly constructed set of flat panel doors as standard. These are made from sheet steel the same thickness as the container side walls with an angle iron frame for rigidity and come with 1x locking bar on the right hand door. They will look smarter than a lot of original container doors and they are much easier to use on a day to day basis. Although the flat panel doors do not come with a rubber seal, like the usual heavier duty cargo doors, we do fit a ‘weather guard’ and covered frame so they are still sold as wind & watertight without issue.
They will include a high security lock box (padlock housing) as standard and will be given a complete external repaint in marine grade paint. Please be aware: whites, light greys, creams and very light colours may/will be a premium as we have to double coat. For the repaint, you can either specify a basic colour such as ‘dark blue’ and your container will come in dark blue, or you can specify a specific RAL colour code* for the shade of paint you want us to use. Suppliers of marine grade paint only work with RAL colours so, if you want as specific colour then you must provide us the RAL colour code.
Please be aware these are made from second hand containers, so the cosmetics of the original containers can vary (prior to them being cut and repainted). You can expect some dents, creases, minor surface rust under the paintwork and repairs to the container chassis. However, you are assured of a structurally sound, clean looking, wind and water tight container. The insides will be clean and tidy but typically not repainted unless requested £POA
Please also note than when cutting up a larger container to make our 30ft refurbished shipping containers we do have to work within the constraints of the corrugation on the sides of the container. This means an approximate 10cm / 4 inch tolerance in the length dimension, so if you have a specific space that this container must fit into, or if you have an item of a specific size to put inside the container, then please let us know early on and we can work to meet your specific requirements.
Security & Door Type
We would suggest purchasing one of our Masterlock Shipping Container padlocks for an additional £35.00 + VAT or the industry standard Cisa Padlocks for £45.00 + VAT each. With a lock box and a padlock it gives you piece of mind that your container is highly secure.
Although our standard refurbished 30ft containers come with a flat panel door option we can offer the other end of a container we chop up instead (i.e. the original cargo door end) This will typically come in at a small premium £POA.
The original doors have 4 locking bars, heavy duty rubber seals (rather than a ‘weather guard’ above the doors) and we’ll still fit a lockbox in the price. But, please be aware, if it has original doors it will likely have a flat front end as pictured.
So if you have the space that is certainly something to consider or of course, if this all appears a little alien, please feel free to call us at any time on our Freephone number. We have an experienced and helpful team on standby and we can always discuss options and help make suggestions for a specific problem, project or space to fill.
Our yard will quite frequently swap door types depending on availability of stock, the commodity price at the time, and availability of spare doors. (if we’ve just had a project to supply 20 shipping containers with roller shutter doors in, chances are we will then have 20 sets of spare cargo doors in our yard we would want to use up!) If you require a specific type of door please make this very clear to us before point of order.
Please be aware these refurbished 30ft shipping containers are made to order from second hand containers, so the cosmetics of the original containers can vary (prior to them being repainted). All containers sold are covered by our guarantee & returns policy.
*We do repaint over the original container colour so we can’t guarantee exact shade matching at this price. We can add additional primer layers and top coats to ensure we get a better shade match for you but this does add a significant cost. Anything is possible, but the refurbished specs we offer do (in our view) offer a good quality option to match most customer’s needs at the best possible price.
PLUS, here at Budget Shipping Containers we carry out a lot of modifications. As we are already undertaking heavy refurbishment work on the container, it’s very easy (and cheaper) for us to look at additional conversion or customisation options at the same time. if you were thinking of modifying the container in future months/years we can do it now whiles its in its raw state prior to painting. Popular options include additional doors in the sides or other end, security shutter windows or Grafo-Therm anti-condensation treatment.
Please be aware that refurbished 30ft shipping containers are reasonably specialised items. In our view the vast majority of quality 30fts are made from cutting down a 40ft, or are the ex-bulk material containers mentioned above. A lot of the original 30ft refurbished shipping containers that may be offered elsewhere may be extremely old leading to a much shorter remaining lifespan, so please take care when shopping around for a used 30ft container as we see a lot of poor quality 30ft shipping containers in circulation. You can view our used 30ft bulker shipping containers HERE.