20-ft Shipping Containers for Sale

Best Priced Containers in Houston, TX and the U.S.

20′ Shipping Containers

At Advanced Container Co., we have a large selection of 20′ shipping containers for sale in Houston, TX, the Gulf Coast, and all over the U.S. Whether you need a container for storage, shipping, or another purpose, we have an option that will meet your needs. Our containers are made from high-quality materials and are built to withstand the elements.

Our 20 foot containers can be used and modified for all purposes. Our container modification shop can build it out to be a storage unit with shelving, a workshop, or even a mobile office. Some popular conversions include adding windows and doors, insulation, a/c, and electrical wiring. With a little bit of creativity, we can transform your 20′ shipping container into just about anything you need it to be.

20′ shipping containers are the most popular size and can handle most jobs. This 20-foot-box is durable, movable, and the most standard size for ISO (International Organization for Standardization) shipping containers. They meet the demands of large jobs while being practical on the road. Available 20′ options are as follows:

  • Standard 20-ft new (one trip)
  • Standard 20-ft cargo worthy (CW)
  • Standard 20-ft wind & water tight (WWT)
  • Standard 20-ft used (as is)
  • Standard 20-ft refurbished
  • 20-ft double door (DD)
  • 20-ft open top (OT)
  • 20-ft high cube (HC)
  • 20-ft open side (OS)
  • 20-ft refrigerated (Reefer)
  • 20-ft HC refrigerated (Reefer)
  • 20-ft customized
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20-ft Shipping Container Dimensions

ExteriorInteriorDoor Opening
19' 11"8'8' 6"19' 3"7' 9"7' 10"7' 8"7' 6"
Interior Cubic Capacity: 1,169 ft3
Tare Weight: 4,820 lbs
Max Cargo Weight: 67,200 lbs
*Please note that all product specifications are approximate and NOT exact. Our manufacturers have slight variations, within ISO standards, to meet the product dimensions & specifications.




Samples of Our Used 20′ Containers


For easy stacking, containers have standard external sizes. The standard dimensions of a 20’ shipping container measures externally 20’ long, 8’ wide, and 8’-6” high. Internally, this container measures 19’-3” long, 7’-9” wide, and 7’-10” high. The material thickness causes the difference in size from external to internal measurements. The measurements can vary depending on material of the flooring used if modified from our standard shipping containers. The door frame dimensions are 7’-8” wide by 7’-6” high.

The internal storage capacity of a 20’ is 1,169 cubic feet.

There are 3 relevant weights to consider which are painted on the outside of the container doors.

The container tare weight is the weight of the container without any contents. 20’ containers weigh approximately 5,000 pounds.

The container gross weight is the weight of the container + the maximum payload it can hold. In other words, the maximum total weight of the container. The maximum cargo weight is 67,200 pounds.

The payload (net weight) is the weight of the cargo or contents that a container can hold. The maximum cargo weight is 67,200 pounds.

Yes. Our containers are available for rent and purchase. For long-term or multi-unit projects call for availability.

Yes, we can arrange for the delivery of your new or used shipping container. We will work with you to find a delivery method that suits your needs and timeframe. Simply contact us with your exact delivery location and we will provide a quote.

Yes. Please contact us if you able to pick up the container yourself.

Monthly inspections of your container will extend the lifespan of your shipping and storage container.
Start from the outside, checking the structure for dents, chipped paint, debris, rust, leaks. Small repairs like weather stripping and calk are a simple fix. Keep the door hinges and locking bars adequately lubricated. Before you put anything inside the container, ensure the contents are dry and moisture free to reduce moisture build up inside your container. For more maintenance info check out our blog post on shipping container maintenance.

Yes, 20’ shipping containers are often converted for uses other than shipping and basic secure storage. Our modification and gallery pages show some of the ways we can modify your container to fit your needs.


A 20-ft long container can generally fit about 25, 28 and sometimes 37 cubic meters (cbm) worth of goods inside. Of course, this depends on the size and shape of the goods themselves. Plus, some larger boxes don’t stack as well as smaller boxes. Keep in mind also that we are talking about the inside capacity, rather than the cargo volume loadable that will be less due to air space left among the cargo packages.

What is TEU?

TEU is a common term in the shipping container industry. It stands for Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit. But remember, it’s a unit not a container. The unit denotes space or capacity in equivalent to a 20 foot shipping container. It is used to determine the capacity of container vessels, throughout of terminals, etc. Think of it this way, a container ship with nominal capacity of 6000 TEU means it has enough space for 6000 container 20ft. It can also stand to reason that a 40ft container is considered 2 TEU’s. There is a less common term that is sometimes used, and it is 1 FEU (Forty-foot Equivalent Unit).

Rent or Buy a 20ft Shipping Container

Rent or Buy, It Depends

Whether you need a long-term storage container to rent, or would like to buy a shipping container, a twenty-foot container is a good way to go. We know this is the most popular size, so we keep them in stock.

Need a Customized 20′ Shipping Container?

Advanced Container Co. has a large in-house fabrication department to add any custom feature per your specifications. Our expert fabricators can add any item you need. Check out our modifications page to see some of the customizations available. Below are a few examples:

Container Mods Gallery


Advanced Container stocks a huge variety of 20ft containers with different configurations to meet anyone’s needs. Options include 20′ double door, 20′ open top and 20′ open side. We also custom fabricate containers, just let us know what you need.

Looking for more space? Our 40′ shipping container is the second most popular size and is readily available.

Contact us to buy or rent a new or used 20ft container today.


20-ft Container Uses

20-ft Container for Industrial Use

Twenty foot containers are commonly used by business for so many applications, it would be tough to list them all. They are the ideal size to fit in tight spaces but still meet most modular storage needs. They come with different door configurations and can be easily converted into mobile office spaces, offshore containers, rest rooms, workshops, and safe storage.

20-ft Storage Containers

For individuals and businesses alike, 20-ft containers provide an excellent solution for storage. Not only are they affordable, but they are also weatherproof, ensuring that valuables stay protected against the elements. Additionally, their movability makes them an ideal option for those who are frequently on the move and require storage solutions that can go with them. These containers are also easily customizable with shelves, lockers, and more.

If you’re looking for a durable, weatherproof storage solution, look no further than Advanced Container Co. We rent and sell 20′ storage containers that are perfect for a variety of applications. Made of high-quality materials, our containers can withstand the elements and protect your belongings. They’re also easy to transport and can be delivered right to your door. Whether you need extra storage for your home or business, our containers are a great option.

20-ft Container for Commercial Use

Businesses have found some really creative ways to use twenty foot shipping containers. They have made complete multi-level storage buildings by stacking them on top of each other. It is really popular to convert them into mobile shops, bars, firework stands, cafes and food trucks.

20-ft Container for Personal Use

Over recent years, 20-ft shipping containers have become increasingly popular for personal use due to their price, availability, compact size, and moveability.

Storage on Your Property: 20-footers are affordable, readily available, compact, and easy to move. Moreover, these containers are weather-proof, which means that possessions remain safe and secure even during harsh weather conditions. From cars to tools, shipping containers are perfect for storing everything you can imagine. Plus, with the option to customize them, you can transform their basic designs into the perfect space for your storage needs.

Living Spaces or Recreational Containers: Containers can be transformed into a comfortable and stylish living space or a fun and functional recreational container. They can be weather-proof, cost-effective, and eco-friendly since they are made from recycled materials. They can be converted into tiny homes, hunting cabins, man caves, and more.