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What are the Main Types of the Shipping Containers?

September 29, 2020
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Shipping containers have so many different purposes these days. People use shipping containers for their commercial needs like realtors staging houses, extra storage or even an entire modular store made from a shipping container. They are also used for residential purposes, when people are renovating a house or just need somewhere to store their seasonal belongings. With so many different uses, it’s important to get the right kind of shipping container for your needs, size, colour, insulted not insulated. Let’s check out the different types of shipping containers that we can offer you. 

But, before we do we go over the different types of shipping containers available at Coast Containers it is important to know what you can fit into a 10ft, 20ft, or 40ft storage container. Below we have put together what a typical size storage container fits in terms of the contents of an apartment or house.

What can fit in a 10ft, 20ft and 40ft container?

10ft Containers

A 10ft container should be able to hold the contents of a studio or small one-bedroom apartment. 

20 ft Containers 

A 20 ft container can usually fit the contents of a one-to-two bedroom apartment.

40 ft Containers

A 40ft container can hold the contents of a two-three house with a living room, dining room, den and kitchen. 

Now that we have a general idea of what can fit into each size container, let’s take a look at the different types of shipping containers we offer. 

Different Types of Shipping Containers


General purpose containers are the most common container type and are used for most cargo shipping of goods that don’t need to be temperature controlled. Dry storage containers are fully enclosed shipping containers which helps protect goods from all the weather elements. Dry storage containers are also versatile in that they can have additional adaptations added to them based on the customers needs. Dry storage containers are our most popular type of container for container sales and container rentals. 

Dry storage containers come in 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft, with our most popular being the 20ft and 40ft containers. 


Insulated and thermal containers are used to transport goods that need to stay at a regulated temperature like foods, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. They are fitted with temperature controls which allows the contents to stay at the desired temperature while being transported. This is an additional adaptation that can be added to a dry storage container to make it insulated. 


Flat Rack storage containers come in 20ft and 40ft and have collapsible sides that can be folded down to make a flat rack. These containers are designed for shipping oversized, heavy cargo such as vehicles and machinery with up to 45 metric tons of cargo weight capacity.

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Double door containers have doors on both sides of the container making it quick and easy to load and unload cargo. Both doors are weather tight sealed protecting goods from the elements. Double door containers come in 20ft and 40ft sizes and are made of iron and steel keeping everything secure.


Open side containers have the same benefits as general purpose containers with the only difference being that the doors can open from all sides. This helps with storing larger items that don’t fit through the end side doors. This feature also makes it easier to load and unload the contents of the container. Open side shipping containers are available in 20ft and 40ft.


Half-height shipping containers are designed with a low centre of gravity so they can hold heavy loads. Because of the way they are designed, half-height shipping containers  are often used for transporting heavy items such as stones and coal making them an ideal option for the mining industry. 


High cube containers are the same as dy shipping containers except that they are about 1 ft taller. High cube shipping containers are used for items that need just a little bit more room to fit into the container. These containers generally come in 40ft and sometimes 45ft.


Now that we have gone through the different types of shipping containers that we can offer you at Coast Container  you are able to make a more informed decision about the kind of shipping container and size of shipping container that you are interested in. Coast Containers offers many different new and used shipping containers and are able to modify containers to fit the needs of our customers. Still not totally sure about the exact shipping container you need? Don’t worry, we are happy to help. Contact one of our sales representatives today for more information and to get a quote on a new or used shipping container.

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