40ft Refrigerated Shipping Containers for Sale

Why Choose a 40ft Refrigerated Container?

40ft refrigerated shipping containers, also known as reefers, are essential for businesses that need to store or transport large volumes of temperature-sensitive goods. These containers provide a controlled environment, maintaining temperatures between -25°C and +25°C, making them ideal for perishable items such as food, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. At Shipping Containers of London, we offer new and used 40ft refrigerated containers to meet your specific requirements.

Features and Benefits of 40ft Refrigerated Containers

Temperature Control

Our 40ft refrigerated containers are equipped with advanced cooling systems that ensure consistent temperature control. This feature is crucial for preserving the quality and safety of your temperature-sensitive goods during storage or transit.

Durability and Security

Constructed from high-quality Corten steel, our refrigerated containers offer exceptional durability and resistance to harsh weather conditions. They are also designed with robust security features, including lockable double doors and factory-fitted lockboxes, to protect your valuable contents.


The generous dimensions of a 40ft refrigerated container (40ft L x 8ft W x 8ft 6in H) make it a versatile solution for various applications. Whether you need to store large quantities of perishable goods on-site or transport them across long distances, these containers provide a reliable and efficient solution.

Types of 40ft Refrigerated Containers Available

New 40ft Refrigerated Containers

Our new 40ft refrigerated containers are perfect for businesses that require pristine, high-performance units. These containers are newly built and offer the latest in refrigeration technology. Key features include:

  • Temperature Range: -25°C to +25°C
  • High-Quality Insulation: Ensures energy efficiency and consistent temperature control.
  • Advanced Refrigeration Unit: Provides reliable performance with low maintenance.
  • External Dimensions: 40ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 8ft 6in (H)
  • Internal Dimensions: 37ft 8in (L) x 7ft 6in (W) x 7ft 5in (H)

Used 40ft Refrigerated Containers

For a more cost-effective option, our used 40ft refrigerated containers offer excellent value. These units are carefully inspected and refurbished to ensure they meet high standards of performance and reliability. Typical features include:

  • Robust Construction: Made from durable Corten steel.
  • Efficient Cooling System: Maintains consistent temperatures.
  • Customisation Options: Available to suit your specific requirements.

Storage Potential of a 40ft Refrigerated Container

Perishable Goods

  • Food Items: Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, and seafood.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Medicines, vaccines, and other temperature-sensitive medical supplies.
  • Floral Products: Fresh flowers and plants.

Business Applications

  • Retail Storage: Temporary storage for seasonal items.
  • Event Catering: On-site refrigeration for food and beverages.
  • Logistics: Transporting perishable goods across long distances.

Customisation Options

At Shipping Containers of London, we offer various customisation options to tailor your 40ft refrigerated 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.


What are the standard sizes of refrigerated containers?
The dimensions of a standard 20ft refrigerated container are typically 20ft long, 8ft in width, and 8.5ft in height. Its internal dimensions provide approximately 19.4ft of length, 7.8ft of width, and 7.9ft of height. A standard 40ft refrigerated container measures 40ft in length, 8ft in width, and 9.5ft in height. Its internal dimensions offer approximately 39.4ft of length, 7.8ft of width, and 8.9ft of height.
What temperature range can refrigerated containers maintain?
Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, can maintain temperatures from -30°C to +30°C, ensuring the preservation of perishable goods.
What types of goods are typically stored in refrigerated containers?
Refrigerated containers are ideal for storing perishable items such as meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, pharmaceuticals, and frozen foods.
Do refrigerated containers require a specific power supply?
Refrigerated containers typically require a 3-phase electrical supply, with a 32-amp motor-rated power supply being standard.
Are there single-phase refrigerated containers available?
Single-phase refrigerated containers are available, usually maintaining temperatures from +8°C to -20°C.
How do refrigerated containers maintain their internal temperature?
Refrigerated containers use integrated refrigeration units to cool or heat the interior space, maintaining a specific temperature range regardless of external conditions.
Can refrigerated containers be used for both storage and transport?
Refrigerated containers are highly versatile and designed for the storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. By maintaining specific temperature conditions, they effectively extend the shelf life of perishable goods, mitigate the risk of spoilage, and enable businesses to securely store larger quantities of stock.
How do reefer containers ensure even cooling?
Reefer containers have a T-shaped floor decking design that channels chilled air from the bottom of the unit, ensuring even cooling throughout the container.
What safety features are included in refrigerated containers?
Safety features in refrigerated containers can include door switches that stop fans when the door is opened, emergency stop buttons, and interior door release mechanisms
How do you maintain a refrigerated container?
Regular maintenance of a refrigerated container includes cleaning the interior and exterior, checking the refrigeration unit, and ensuring food hygiene standards are met.
What is the maximum gross weight of a refrigerated container?
The maximum gross weight of a 20ft refrigerated container is typically around 30,480 kg. The maximum gross weight of a 40ft refrigerated container is usually about 32,475 kg.475 kg.
How do refrigerated containers handle power failures?
Many refrigerated containers come equipped with emergency internal lighting and alarms to handle power failures and ensure the safety of the stored goods.
How does a refrigerated container's insulation affect its performance?
High-quality insulation in refrigerated containers helps maintain the internal temperature by reducing the impact of external temperature fluctuations, thereby protecting the stored goods.


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 refrigerated containers today and discover why we are the trusted choice for individuals and businesses across London.