Have you ever considered buying a shipping container? Whether you need the extra storage space or looking to install a container swimming pool, working out where to buy a shipping container in NSW to suit your needs can be difficult – there are plenty of people selling them after all.

So, what is it you need to look for when looking to buy a container?

The first thing to understand is what exactly you will be using it for and the type of shipping container you need. For example, you don’t want to buy a dangerous goods container if you are planning on using it as additional office space.

To help you out, we’ve put together a short guide on how to find and buy a shipping container in NSW to transport your goods.

What are Shipping Containers Used For?

These days, shipping containers can be used for so much more than just shipping goods around the country or the world. But when it comes to transporting goods, shipping containers can be used for dry packages, or there are also refrigerated containers for those items that need to be kept cold while in transport. Dangerous goods containers are also commonly used across Australia to ship gas cylinders, flammable items, chemicals, corrosive substances, or other dangerous goods.

How Much Do Shipping Containers Cost?

This is the question people often ask first, and we understand why. Budgets can be tight, but goods need to get to their destination. When you purchase a shipping container from Shipping Containers Sydney, we have a range of containers at various prices.

Standard shipping containers are the cheapest option to buy and can go from $1,500 upwards. Dangerous goods and refrigerated containers are, of course, more expensive. On top of this, there are costs for delivery and lift fees. Because of these factors, giving a set price can be difficult.

At Shipping Containers Sydney, we understand that it’s important to be able to meet budgets when it comes to shipping. Our friendly team is more than happy to walk you through the various options available to you.

Buying a Used or New Shipping Container

This is where prices can vary, and you have options. Whether you buy a new or used shipping container depends on two main factors – your intended use and your budget. The points below go across all types of containers, from standard containers to dangerous goods and refrigerated containers.

Brand new containers are new builds and are clean, defect-free with few markings and no damage. They are the most expensive of container purchases.

Used containers come in various qualities. Here are just two examples of used containers on the market.

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Used Container 1
  • 6 months old
  • Hired for 4 months in total
  • Has been kept in a protected location away from the weather
  • Appears similar to a brand-new container in that it has none to minimal damage
Used Container 2
  • 6 years old
  • Been hired out multiple times over the years
  • Has been located in a variety of weather conditions
  • Used to store a variety of items
  • Has some visible ruse, faded paint, and faded decals.

As you can see, there’s a wide gap between the different options. Because of this, containers grades are used globally to ensure that the condition of containers is the same worldwide. These grades do affect the pricing of the container, but they give you options depending on your budget.

Second-hand Containers – What Have They Been Used For?

If you are in the market for a second-hand container, it is important to know what they have been used for. You certainly don’t want to transport food in a container that has been used to store chemicals for example.

This is why it is important to buy from a container yard like Shipping Containers Sydney. We build our own containers and run our own depot which means there is more documentation on what a container has been used for as opposed to someone who just buys used containers that have arrived on cargo ships. Having this understanding of what a container has been used for previously gives you greater control over choosing a container that best suits your needs.

Inspect Before Purchase or Hire

At Shipping Containers Sydney we invite you to inspect our containers before you purchase or hire. If you live in or around Sydney, you are welcome to visit our depot. Just give us a call first so that we can make sure someone is available to meet with you.

If you live regionally or just can’t get to our depot, we can still help you with photos and videos. Just ask our friendly team.

If you’re looking to buy a shipping container in NSW, Shipping Containers Sydney has a wide range to suit every need and budget. Let us know how we can help.