TowerofcontainersRentalsThe cost of shipping containers varies depending on the geographical location, the condition of the container, modifications, size, and the cost of delivery. Used shipping container prices vary and are usually in the range of $1000-$5000. New or one trip shipping containers are usually more expensive and are usually in the range of $2000-$5000. For example, a basic bare-bones used container is much cheaper than a modified, custom-designed new container. If you hire a contractor to complete all the technical work, you are looking to spend $50-$150 an hour. The total cost of completing your project through a contractor could be up to $15,000 or more. If you are handy and have experience with construction then you could probably do it for $10,000 or less. Containers are made out of corrugated steel, commonly known as COR-TEN. Depending on the cost of steel prices, availability of containers fluctuates, along with pricing. Right now, steel is widely available at a relatively low cost so there are more new shipping containers being made. The high demand of shipping containers makes the price drop, creating an affordable building alternative.

Price Factors

Condition – At Container Alliance, a used container that needs some TLC or needs to be fixed can be as low as $1300 for a 20ft container. A 20ft one-trip container which is in new condition will usually go for around $2200.

Size – Shipping container prices increase with size and vary state-to-state.  The 40ft container is about 20%-30% more than a standard 20ft container. At Container Alliance, a used 40ft shipping container is about $1400 and a new or one trip 40ft container is about $3500. For only about $50-$100 more you can get a 40ft or 45ft High Cube. That is double the size for about a 70% price increase.

Modifications and Customization – Adding additional options such as a skylight, windows, a locking system, doors, ventilation, insulation, etc. are all going to cost you more. The more modifications you are looking for, the higher the price tag will be. 

Quantity – If you are buying more than one container, many shipping container companies will often offer a bulk discount rate so the cost per unit will be less.

Delivery – The prices vary depending on how many containers are being delivered and how far they have to travel. The further you are from a port location, the container will cost more.

Overall, the cost of shipping containers for your residential or business needs is drastically less than a finished structure such as brick and mortar buildings or building a home from scratch.  These buildings need larger and more expensive foundation, along with more intensive labor. Building with a shipping container will save you on the cost of human labor. If aesthetics are not of importance, buying a new container may not be necessary, a used container can save you money. However, a new container may be desired, especially if you are building a home and want to save money on refurbishing a used container.

Contact Us

At Container Alliance, we can help answer any questions about your container needs. We understand that every customer needs are different and our knowledgeable representatives can help figure out which container works best for your specific needs. Fluctuations in the container market can be confusing, give Container Alliance a call at (800) 386-2345 or fill out a quick quote form and let’s get the process started!

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Tomas M. Palacios says:

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