Australia has a lot of used shipping containers for sale because we import more products in shipping containers than we export, this means that unless we send empty containers back to countries like China, and we don’t do this because its too expensive, then we have a build up of used shipping containers which pile up in our ports.  One solution to this is that companies sell used shipping containers for purposes other than shipping, these include granny flats, sheds and houses.

When looking at shipping containers for sale there can be quite a few things to consider before you’ll know which is the best option for you. We hope that the below information will enable you to make the most informed decision and if you have any comments or considerations we have missed please contact us so we can help more people make better decisions.

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Considerations when looking at shipping containers for sale –Shipping Containers for sale Australia

Not everyone has the same reason and many people may have multiple reasons.  Apart from the traditional use, that is for shipping goods to other countries, some people may want to use one for packing their house hold goods into to move to another state, some are temporary storage containers and some people are looking for shipping containers for sale in order to then modified them into sheds, man caves, granny flats, carports and as you may have now seen many are being used for building houses.

What is your purpose for buying the shipping container(s)?

This may sound ridiculous, but there are quite a few people who buy the shipping containers to build an eco friendly home and then get new ones made and get them shipped half way across the country, there are a lot of variables but certainly the most eco friendly option is to get used shipping containers which are not suitable for shipping, are close to where you live (or where they will be used) and modify these to be liveable. If on the other hand you don’t care about the environmental factors then a new shipping container may be the best option.

What modifications are you going to do to the container?

If you are going to remove sections for windows, doors or even remove entire walls then it doesn’t matter if you buy a used shipping container with damage or rust to the areas you are going to remove and this will even save you money.

Does rust matter to areas you are not going to remove? In most cases the rust can be sanded back and painted over, if not then it can also be cut out and repaired. Also if you do want modifications to the shipping container then are you going to do the modifications or get someone else to do them? Doing it yourself will usually save you money but it does take skill and you also need to understand the physics behind why shipping containers are as strong as they are, if you remove the wrong parts then they can loose all the structural integrity and they can twist, bend or in worst case scenarios they can collapse.

As this site is primarily about shipping container homes and granny flats another major consideration is, are you better off sourcing your own shipping containers for sale or should you just get another company to supply the whole house? even just to lock-up.  If you want quotes from shipping container home companies please go to our Shipping Container Homes For Sale page.

For more information about building an entire house or granny flat from containers go to ‘Build a Container Home

Some of the Australian companies who have shipping containers for sale in Australia:

Gateway Container sales and hire (Australia Wide)shipping container granny flat

Royal Wolf (Australia Wide)

Premier Box (Australia Wide)

Port Container Services (Australia Wide)

Price and Speed Pty Ltd (NSW)

Sinclair Container Sales and Hire (Brisbane to Northern NSW)

Container Sales Australia (QLD)

Mac Customs Pty Ltd (QLD)

We have also made it easy for you to collect quotes from a whole range of shipping container suppliers by filling out this one form, this one form will email sales reps from all of the reputable suppliers in Australia that we know of.

Please note: We are in no way affiliated with any of these companies and we do not receive any form of payment for this service, we simply do it to improve the industry within Australia and take no responsibility for the responses or lack of responses you receive from these companies.


There are a lot of shipping containers for sale in Australia and if you are struggling to find what you are looking for then please feel free to contact us and we will see if we can help out. We wish you the best of luck building your house or shipping container granny flat.

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