Where to Store a Shipping Container?

Shipping containers make the perfect blank slate for all sorts of purposes. They can be used for long term storage, temporary workspace, or permanent housing. Unlike some other structures, they are versatile, cost-efficient, and can be easily stowed away when not in use.

This article will explore the different options individuals have for storing their shipping containers so you can decide which might be the best option for you.

Storing your shipping container

While some shipping container structures are intended for permanent use, many are used only seasonally, or for temporary circumstances. In fact, one of the best things about shipping containers is that they are portable and highly versatile. This means that, instead of letting your container sit and collect dust, you have several options for where and how to store it until you need it again.

Similarly, if you are using a shipping container for long-term storage and don’t need to access it regularly, you can choose where to keep your container so it is kept safe and secure until you need to access your items.

On-site storage options

white modified shipping container

If you have space available on your own property, you may choose to store your container on the premises. If you opt to store your container yourself, you’ll want to consider its size, location of the storage site, and whether you’ll have the necessary security.

Shipping containers must be placed on flat, solid surfaces. If your container is placed on soft ground and sinks into the soil, you will have problems opening the doors and with water damage. You might consider placing concrete blocks or some other buffer between the container and the ground for extra protection.

Also, be sure you have enough space on your property not only for the container itself, but also for the truck to access the container for pick-up and drop-off.

Can I put a shipping container on my property?

Before you plan to store a shipping container on your property for any purpose, be sure to check with your local council. Different locales have different laws and regulations regarding the placement of container structures on private property.

For example, you may be granted a temporary permit that allows you to place a container on your property for a limited amount of time. There may also be restrictions on the size of container you can store on residential property.

Off-site storage options

If you don’t have space on your property for a shipping container – or if you simply don’t want the eyesore in your backyard – there are plenty of convenient offsite storage options available.

Renting storage space at a storage facility

Renting space at a storage facility or container yard can be a perfect solution for those who want safe, secure storage for 30 days or longer.

Factors to consider when choosing a storage facility:

  • Location
  • Security
  • Climate Control
  • Ease of Access
  • Cost

Container yards/self-storage facilities

At a self-storage facility or container yard, you can choose from a wide selection of storage container options. Gateway Containers offers a convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional storage facilities.

Gateway Containers offers a range of containers in standard sizes 10-foot, 20-foot, and 40-foot long. For especially large or bulky items, we can also secure a larger container. For special storage needs, we can provide customised containers to meet your requirements.

Storage at a container park is also more affordable than traditional facilities, with rental rates starting at just $24.50 per week.

Shipping container storage parks are appropriate for storage of vehicles, boats, equipment and machinery, household furniture and belongings, and more. And, the shipping containers housed at a container park are portable, so they can be moved or delivered to your home, worksite, or other location.

Other options for shipping container storage

If you want to get a little creative, there are still other things you can do with a shipping container when you don’t need to use it.

Renting or leasing the container to another party is a great option for entrepreneurial container owners who want to make a little extra money. Of course, this only applies to containers you own (as opposed to a container you rent).

Another great option is to donate or lend the container to a charitable organisation in your area. If you have a refrigerated container, for example, a local food bank or shelter for the needy could make good use of the space to store fresh food items for the people they serve without worrying that it will spoil.

Tips for choosing the best storage location

The best shipping container storage solution for you will depend on your needs. Consider the following factors when choosing a storage location for your container.

Location – Think about the best location for your storage container. If you’re considering storing your container on your own property, assess what kind of space you have available. Will a truck be able to access the container space for loading and unloading? Is the ground level? If your property is prone to flooding, you may be better off using an offsite storage facility or container yard because water ingress can cause water damage, mould, and bacteria growth.

Ease of Access – How frequently will you need to access your container? Gateway’s container yard storage is recommended for people who don’t require regular access to their container. Your container will only be accessible during our business hours, and 24 hours notice may be required. You may also be subject to a lift-out fee.

Security – Gateway Containers offers secure container storage at our professionally managed facility. Our container storage options are dry and vermin-proof. So you don’t have to worry about pests damaging your belongings. We can also supply containers with extra security features like padlocks or electronic lockboxes.

Climate Control – Will your items need to be kept at a steady temperature? Climate control is important for vehicle storage

Cost – Of course, it is important to consider your budget when deciding where to store a shipping container. The convenience of storing your container at a container park comes with a rental fee and it is often less expensive than traditional storage options.

Assess the specific needs and constraints of your situation. Then, contact the team of experts at Gateway Containers. Our container experts can take away the hassle of finding the right container and storage solution for your needs.


When you use a repurposed shipping container for storage of business property, household items, or seasonal vehicles, you need to consider where you will keep your container while storing your belongings and when it is not in use.

Whether you own or rent the container, you’ll have multiple options. You can keep the container on your residential or commercial property, provided you have adequate space, room for lift in and lift out, and the necessary permits from your local council. You’ll also need level ground, and we recommend supports placed under each corner. Alternatively, you can pay for shipping container storage at a professionally managed facility.

The storage type and location you choose for stowing your shipping container will not only affect your ease of access, but will also affect the safety and condition of the items inside the container.

For specialised storage needs, Gateway can provide refrigerated and climate controlled containers, and uncommon sizes. The team at Gateway are experts at shipping container modifications, including ventilation, heating, cooling, wiring, insulation, and more. Gateway can also create customised solutions to suit your specific needs.

Learn more about self-storage at Gateway Container Park

Gateway is among the most trusted and highly qualified container storage and supply companies in Queensland. We are one of only a few companies in Queensland who buy directly from the shipping lines, so we are able to offer the most extensive inventory at the best prices.

We specialise in container modifications, conversions, and custom business and residential solutions. And, we pride ourselves on top-quality workmanship.

Gateway also organises full-service transport and delivery services for your storage container. In fact, we arrange delivery of containers to the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales region by cost effective and reliable transport options.

Talk to our team about what it is you need to store and for how long. We will work with you to come up with the perfect shipping container storage solution that works for you and your budget. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form and one of our knowledgeable sales team will get back to you within 24 hours.

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