40ft Open Top Shipping Containers for Sale

Why Choose a 40ft Open Top Container?

40ft open-top shipping containers are ideal for transporting or storing oversized goods that cannot fit through standard container doors. The removable top allows easy loading and unloading using cranes or other overhead equipment. At Shipping Containers of London, we offer a range of new and used 40ft open-top containers to meet your specific requirements.

Features and Benefits of 40ft Open Top Containers

Easy Loading and Unloading

The open-top design of these containers allows for easy loading and unloading of bulky items, such as machinery, construction materials, and large equipment, that would otherwise be difficult to fit into a standard container.

Durability and Security

Constructed from high-quality Corten steel, our 40ft open-top containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and provide long-lasting durability. They are also equipped with robust locking mechanisms to ensure the security of your goods during transit or storage.


With standard dimensions of 40ft L x 8ft W x 8ft 6in H, these versatile containers are suitable for various applications, including construction sites, manufacturing facilities, and industrial storage. The removable tarpaulin cover protects from the elements, ensuring your goods remain safe and secure.

Types of 40ft Open Top Containers Available

New 40ft Open Top Containers

Our new 40ft open top containers are perfect for businesses that require a high-quality, pristine unit. These containers are newly manufactured and meet the highest standards of durability and reliability. Key features include:

  • Removable Roof: Easy access for loading and unloading.
  • Robust Construction: Made from durable Corten steel.
  • External Dimensions: 40ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 8ft 6in (H)
  • Internal Dimensions: 39ft 5in (L) x 7ft 8in (W) x 7ft 5in (H)
  • Door Dimensions: 7ft 8in (W) x 7ft 5in (H)

Used 40ft Open Top Containers

For a more budget-friendly option, our used 40ft open-top containers offer excellent value. These containers are carefully inspected and refurbished to ensure they meet high performance and reliability standards. Typical features include:

  • Removable Roof: Allows for easy loading and unloading of oversized items.
  • Durable Construction: Made from high-quality Corten steel.
  • Customisation Options: Available to suit your specific requirements.

Storage Potential of a 40ft Open Top Container

Oversized Goods

  • Construction Materials: Large beams, pipes, and other building supplies.
  • Industrial Equipment: Machinery, generators, and other heavy equipment.
  • Scrap Metal: Large amounts of metal must be stored or transported.

Business Applications

  • Construction Sites: Temporary storage for oversized building materials.
  • Manufacturing Facilities: Storage of large equipment and machinery.
  • Logistics: Transporting large and bulky goods.

Customisation Options

At Shipping Containers of London, we offer a variety of customisation options to tailor your 40ft open-top container to your specific needs:

Security Enhancements

  • Additional Locking Bars: For enhanced security.
  • Advanced Locking Mechanisms: Including digital locks and alarm systems.

Interior Modifications

  • Shelving and Racking: To maximise storage efficiency.
  • Lighting and Electrical Outlets: For improved functionality.

Exterior Modifications

  • Custom Paint Colours: Match your container to your brand or personal preference.
  • Branding and Graphics: Add your company logo or other graphics to the container exterior.

How to Buy a 40ft Open-Top Container

Purchasing a 40ft open-top container from Shipping Containers of London is simple. Our expert team is available to provide advice and support, ensuring you find the perfect container solution for your needs. Whether you're looking for a new or used container, we are here to help every step of the way.

What are 40ft open-top containers used for?
40ft open-top containers serve similar purposes as 20-foot ones, but they can accommodate larger volumes of oversized goods, such as construction materials, heavy machinery, and large equipment.
What are the dimensions of a 40ft open-top container?
The outer measurements of a 40-foot open-top container usually are 40 feet in length, 8 feet in width, and 8 feet 6 inches in height. The inner dimensions are approximately 39 feet 5 inches long, 7 feet 8 inches wide, and 7 feet 10 inches high.
How are 40ft open-top containers constructed?
The 40ft open-top containers are constructed from durable Corten steel and come equipped with a removable tarpaulin roof, as well as removable roof bows. These containers feature a sturdy 28mm wooden floor supported by steel cross members. Additionally, they are designed with exterior hinged double doors and two locking bars on each door for added security.
Can 40ft open-top containers be used for international shipping?
Indeed, 40ft open-top containers are suitable for international shipping as they are CSC-plated and compliant with the required standards for international transportation.
Can 40ft open-top containers be stacked?
Open-top containers with a length of 40 feet can be stacked in the same way as standard containers, allowing for efficient use of space in shipping yards and on transport vessels.
Are there any height restrictions for loading open-top containers?
When the tarpaulin is in place, the height of the cargo should not exceed the height of the container’s sides, ensuring it can be securely covered for transport.
Can 40ft Open-top containers be refrigerated?
In general, 40ft Open-top containers are not equipped for refrigeration. For goods that require specific temperature conditions, it is advisable to utilise refrigerated containers, commonly known as reefers.
What is the tare weight of a 40ft open-top container?
The tare weight of a 40ft open-top container is typically around 4,050 kg (8,926 lbs).
How do you load and unload an 40ft Open-top container?
40ft open-top containers are commonly loaded and unloaded using cranes or other overhead lifting equipment, which can be easily manoeuvred to access the open top.

With Shipping Containers of London, you get more than just a container – you get a commitment to quality, value, and customer satisfaction. Explore our range of 40ft open-top containers today and discover why we are the trusted choice for individuals and businesses across London.