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How Much Does a Shipping Container Cost?

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If you’re interested in purchasing a shipping container with or without modifications, you’ll need to answer the question: How much does a shipping container cost? As you search to determine the cost of your desired container, it’s important to know that the cost depends on several factors, such as renting or purchasing, the type of modifications, and the intended use of the structure – just to name a few. Here’s what to expect as you shop for your ideal shipping container structure.

Shipping container costs range from around $4,000 – if they’re unmodified and older with visible signs of wear and tear – to more than $50,000 with complex modifications for permanent builds. So, how much is a shipping container? It depends on what you’re looking for. Of course, unmodified containers with no added doors, insulation, or air conditioning, are the least expensive container option, but these units are often impractical for most business applications beyond general storage.

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How Much is a Shipping Container and What Determines Cost?

One of the first factors to consider as you research your preferred container is the choice to rent or purchase a container. Renting a shipping container can range from $50 to $500 + per month plus an extra $100 to $500 for delivery and transportation. Most often, renting is cost-effective when you plan to rent for less than a year, otherwise, purchasing a container is the most cost-effective choice.

Purchasing a shipping container without significant wear and tear starts around $6,000 and increases based on the modifications chosen. The more complex the modifications, the more expensive the container. For example, modifications such as adding a simple door or a few standard windows cost less than combining multiple 40-foot units into a larger structure.


The quality of the modifications plays a large role in the price of the container as well. Established quality measures at various manufacturing facilities ensure that container structures are modified with safety in mind. You can more easily relocate higher-quality structures without risking significant damage. Similarly, quality units are more likely to last for many years to come.

Your Modified Shipping Container Options

Although we can’t speak for all container modification manufacturers, here at Falcon, we have standard floor plans that are predesigned and pre-priced to ensure we provide the best price for our standard of quality. Falcon has committed to creating quality structures by implementing a rigorous internal quality control process as well as earning advanced container certifications.

Here is a brief breakdown of our most popular standard floor plans and their prices:



Storage containers have a large range of modifications and therefore cost. Items such as lighting and climate control have the largest cost impact.

View Floor Plan Prices: Storage



Falcon workspace floor plans include lighting, insulation, and climate control, but keep in mind that adding bathrooms or kitchenettes will increase the cost.

View Floor Plan Prices: Workspace

Bathrooms and Locker Rooms


Bathroom and locker rooms standard floor plans come with plumbing ports, sinks, and toilets installed. Plumbing-related modifications are often more complex projects, meaning they'll likely cost more than our other workspace and storage floor plans.

View Floor Plan Prices: Bathroom and Locker Room

Living Containers


Living container floor plans come with a bathroom and a space for a bed. Upon your request, we can install a kitchenette which will increase the cost.

View Floor Plan Prices: Living Space

Although we believe our standard floor plans make the purchasing process much easier for many of our customers, some organizations require custom modifications. We create many custom containers and are always happy to help you design your ideal project. If you’d have a particular project in mind, feel free to give us a call at  877-704-0177 or email at We will work with you to design the right shipping container structure for your organization.

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