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How Much Does a Shipping Container Cost?
A Container Pricing Guide

Welcome to XCaliber Container, where expertise meets reliability in the realm of shipping container solutions. We understand that navigating the complexities of shipping container pricing can be a daunting task. That's why we have curated this guide with meticulous care, ensuring that you, our valued reader, are armed with the most up-to-date and trustworthy information available. Whether you're a business owner seeking cost-effective storage solutions, a homeowner exploring creative architectural endeavors, or an enthusiast envisioning a unique container conversion project, your journey begins here.

We believe that knowledge is the cornerstone of informed decision-making. As you explore the intricacies of shipping container pricing in the following guide, our goal is to demystify the process. We are not just a container sales company; we are your partners in understanding every aspect of your purchase. Through this guide, we aim to provide you not only with figures but also with insights – the kind that comes from years of industry experience and a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction.

We know that each customer is unique, and your requirements are as diverse as the purposes for which shipping containers are used. Whether you are looking for a budget-friendly storage solution or dreaming of a state-of-the-art container home, we are here to guide you. Your aspirations, coupled with our expertise, can turn these sturdy metal boxes into versatile spaces limited only by your imagination.

So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an insightful journey through the world of shipping container pricing. By the time you reach the end of this guide, you will not only be well-versed in the art and science of container costs but also equipped with the confidence to make choices that perfectly align with your needs. Let's embark on this expedition together, where clarity and confidence pave the way for your shipping container venture.

How Much Do Shipping Containers Cost?

The cost of a shipping container can vary widely based on several factors, including size, container condition, container modifications, location, delivery method, and more. The most common container sizes are 20-ft and 40-ft, both available in the standad height of 8.5-ft or in the high cube height of 9.5-ft. The most common width for shipping containers is 8-ft wide. These common container sizes make up the bulk of shipping containers available for purchase and rent; however, XCaliber Container is proud to offer additional container sizes for purchase - like the 10-ft shipping container and supersized 45-ft shipping container.

Container condition also is a major factor that influences the price you can expect to pay when purchasing a shipping container. The most common container conditions available for purchase are new shipping containers and used, wind and watertight shipping containers. At XCaliber Container, we also offer refurbished shipping containers that present enhanced quality in a used shipping container at a more affordable price than brand new shipping containers for customers seeking cost-effective storage solutions without skimping on quality.

Explore the following visual guides on container sizes and XCaliber Container's container grading system, or skip below for a detailed breakdown of the pricing range for shipping containers based on container size and container condition:  

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Detailed Breakdown: Price Range of Shipping Containers

New shipping containers are an excellent choice for those who require pristine condition and top-notch quality. Here's a breakdown of the price range based on size: Keep in mind - the price range below is based on the average cost of a container and does not include additional costs such as delivery fees, modifications, and other factors.

20-foot New Shipping Container:

Low End: $3,000

High End: $4,500

40-foot New Shipping Container:

Low End: $5,000

High End: $6,000

High Cube (40-foot) New Shipping Container:

Low End: $4,500

High End: $5,000

You can generally expect to pay more for new shipping containers due to their excellent condition and suitability for international shipping.

Please note that these are rough estimates, and prices can differ based on your location and other factors mentioned in this guide.

Understanding the Other Cost Factors of Buying a Shipping Container


Prices can vary based on your location and proximity to shipping ports. Areas with high container availability such as China, Los Angeles or New York, often have more competitive prices. 


The cost of shipping for a storage container is a lot different than the standard, small shipping fees you're used to seeing on other online stores. This is because the cost to deliver a shipping container is much higher and influenced by many factors including the cost of fuel, specialized trailers and equipment, costly truck and trailer maintenance, commercial insurance, professional delivery service and setup, and so much more.  


While not all container sales company offers shipping container modifications, the option to customize your shipping container with modifications is common. For example, XCaliber Container has options to add doors, windows, solar roof vents, shelving, insulation, electric packages, custom paint, and more. We also offer full custom containers for different applications, like shipping container offices and shipping container cabins.

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Market Factors:

Both new and used shipping container pricing has been steadily rising since 2016 or 2017, with prices soaring to a new high in mid 2021 as a result of an increase in demand during the pandemic. Additionally the cost to manufacture a new shipping container is up 26% compared to 2016. Current market pricing is down from the peak high in 2021, but we do forsee both new and used shipping container pricing to continue to marginally rise along with most other commodities.


In many cases, there's room for negotiation, especially if you're purchasing multiple containers or if you're a repeat customer. Don't hesitate to discuss your needs and explore available options with the seller. Understanding these price ranges based on size and condition empowers you to make a well-informed decision tailored to your specific requirements and budget constraints. Remember that each container has a unique history, so carefully evaluating its condition is key to ensuring you get the best value for your investment.

Additional Costs:

Keep in mind that there might be additional costs, including sales tax, permits, and site preparation. Budgeting for these aspects is essential for an accurate cost assessment.

Getting Quotes on Shipping Container Pricing

The first step in planning to purchase a shipping container and understanding the total cost of a shipping container is to request a quote from the container sales company you are considering purchasing from. 

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We hope this guide has provided you with valuable insights into shipping container pricing. We've also included answers to frequently asked questions below. At XCaliber Container, we are committed to ensuring our customers have access to accurate and transparent information. If you have further questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team. With this knowledge, you can confidently embark on your journey to finding the perfect shipping container for your needs. Happy container hunting!

Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping Container Pricing