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40ft Container Hire

Are you looking for a quality second-hand or new shipping container for hire? Hiring a 40ft shipping container is an excellent alternative to traditional short to long-term storage methods. It is a popular choice for commercial and residential facilities, international freight, domestic transport, events, and agricultural uses.  
Hire a shipping container from SEA Containers NZ today. We supply 40ft ISO high-quality containers guaranteed weather-resistant, vermin-proof, secure, durable and low maintenance.

Types of 40ft Containers

A 40ft general-purpose, or standard container, has the capacity of about twice as much as a 20ft container. Our customers typically rent this container for international shipping, self-storage and home modification.


A refrigerated container, also known as a ‘reefer’, features a self-powered cooling system. Reefer containers for hire are ideal for storing food, drink, or other perishables that must be maintained at a specific temperature. 

High Cube

A high-cube container makes a great pop-up shop and on-site office. With extra verticle height, high-cube containers can easily hold tall cargo.


Insulated shipping containers are wind and water-proof and are the best option for transporting cargo that must be kept at consistent ambient temperatures. These are different to refrigerated containers and are often referred to as ‘non-operating reefers’.

Flat Rack

Hire a flat-rack shipping container with reinforced floors to carry heavy loads such as vehicles or machinery. Flat-rack shipping containers have no roof and provide the option of two rigid or collapsible ends.

Dangerous Goods

Need to ship or store hazardous items? A dangerous goods shipping container will ensure flammable materials such as gas bottles, fertilisers, petroleum and paint thinners are held or transported safely.

Side Opening

A side opening shipping container is suitable for transporting heavy and bulky cargo and allows for more effortless loading and unloading. They are the most flexible container type available, with side door configurations providing easy access.

Open Top

Transport and store heavy machinery and equipment in an open-top shipping container. Roof bows secure the removable tarpaulin roof to protect your load from the elements. In addition, end doors provide further flexibility for loading and unloading the unit.

New or Used

Here at SEA Containers NZ, we rent and sell containers in a range of new and second-hand conditions. Each 40ft shipping container is guaranteed to be 100% wind and watertight for maximum durability. 

Our ‘A-grade’ new containers have been used for just one ocean journey from China, so they are in premium condition. These containers generally have vents in the sidewalls and feature marine plywood floors and lockboxes. 

Our ‘B-grade’ containers have been used for international shipping and may have minor damage, surface rust or repairs but are 100% seaworthy once we update them with a valid CSC plate. 

Our ‘C-grade’ used containers are considered an economy grade and are supplied ‘as-is’. There may be signs of previous repairs, dents and rust. They are ideal for a wide range of safe storage applications

Should I hire or buy a container

Renting is ideal for short-term applications such as portable buildings, temporary extra storage space for farming equipment, machinery, furniture, business documents, sporting equipment, tools, etc. However, purchasing a 40ft container is an excellent idea for long-term arrangements; check out our shipping containers for sale here. In addition, if you buy a unit and later decide you no longer need it, you can re-sell it and recoup your investment.

How much does a container cost to hire

Pricing of our 40ft storage containers varies depending on the container type, grade, condition and delivery to your site. Enjoy affordable short and long-term hire options. Contact our friendly team to request an accurate quote.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get my container delivered?

Yes, we deliver containers New Zealand-wide. We can generally deliver to any central metropolitan location within 24 to 48 hours using either a HIAB crane truck or a side loading swing lift. Get in touch with our team about door-to-door delivery costs from our depot to home or worksite.

Can you modify my container?

We offer 40ft container modification to suit your needs, including shelving systems, roller doors, lighting, lockboxes, and company logos. Contact our friendly team to discuss customised solutions.

Do you have a lease-to-own option?

Yes, we offer this service subject to specific terms and conditions. We will first perform a credit check and require an initial deposit with 12 subsequent monthly instalments before transferring ownership. Please call the team for a customised price. 

Hire a container today

Whether you’re looking for a new or used, general-purpose, flat-rack or high-cube container, SEA has shipping containers for hire and sale in stock to suit all purposes. Email our friendly sales team at [email protected],  or call us on 0508 732266.