How much does a container cost in South Africa? There are a few factors that determine this but don’t worry - we will be providing actual costs at the end of the article to answer your question. We believe it’s important to understand the nitty-gritty so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you and/or your business.
Although commonly used to ship cargo around the world, containers are in high demand for many other reasons:
Essentially there are two options when considering container costs - buying a container or renting one.
Buying a container outright means it's an asset that belongs to you. This is ideal if you’d like to use it for a long-term fixed structure like a container home, office or shop.
Buying a container also means you can modify it as you see fit. There is almost no limit to what you can do with container conversions. Almar Container Rental and Sales does not implement container conversions in South Africa but can point you in the right direction.
If you anticipate any sudden changes in your business where you might no longer need a container, containers for sale may not be the ideal solution, in which case rather look at renting a container.
The obvious benefit of renting a container means you can return it when it is no longer needed.
Containers for hire are charged at a daily rate making them budget friendly. A good container rental company will offer you flexible leasing options so you can use it for as long or as short as you need with the minimum rental time being one month.
The downside is that you won’t be able to make any modifications to the container.
Another factor determining the cost of containers in South Africa is its condition:
New containers are understandably the most expensive. They are in excellent condition and have no dents or rust. They are imported directly from China and are only used once on the import leg.
It makes sense to buy or rent a new container when it needs to represent your brand or if it is going to be public facing. New containers are also purchased for high-end container conversions, food grade requirements or IMCO (Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation) movement.
Second hand / used containers are most commonly bought or rented as a static on-site storage solution. Cost-wise they are graded in descending order as per below:
Shipping containers come in three standard sizes. 10ft, 20ft and 40ft. There is also the 40ft high-cube version which is taller than the standard 40ft container.
The larger the container, the more you can expect to pay.
Download our container size spec sheet to determine the right fit for your needs.
One of the factors determining how much a container costs in South Africa is your location.
In the pricing table at the end of the article you’ll get a general idea of how container prices vary in each region. This is because stock availability of containers varies in each region. Limited stock in a particular region means that the cost of sourcing containers will increase container prices slightly.
Unfortunately, container fraud is rampant in South Africa and if you’re not careful you could get scammed. Here are some steps to avoid this:
When buying or renting a container, transport costs must be taken into account.
For container rental, transport costs will be associated with delivery to and from the site and for containers for sale it would be for delivery to the site only.
At Almar Container Rental and Sales, we outsource container transportation with costs calculated based on:
Almar Container Rental and Sales is very transparent regarding transport costs but the following information needs to be disclosed by customers to ensure there are no surprises that could incur additional costs:
Hopefully, all the above information has helped you decide what’s going to suit your unique situation best.
So, without further ado, here are your shipping container costs:
It’s important to note that the current volatility of the global economy and other factors related to the shipping industry cause prices to differ on a weekly basis. The prices below are based on the time of writing this article (Mid August 2022).
To get accurate costings please use our chatbot on the bottom right of your screen or alternatively contact Almar Container Rental and Sales on +27 31 561 6767 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Container Size Specifications
|10ft Containers||Cape Town||Durban||Port Elizabeth||Johannesburg|
|New Container||R42 500||R42 500||R42 500||R42 500|
|20ft Containers||Cape Town||Durban||Port Elizabeth||Johannesburg|
|Grade C Container||R37 500||R37 500||R40 000||R40 500|
|Grade B Container||R41 500||R41 500||R42 500||R44 500|
|Refurbished Container||R48 000||R45 000||R47 000||R48 000|
|New Container||R71 000||R71 000||R73 000||R73 000|
|40ft Containers||Cape Town||Durban||Port Elizabeth||Johannesburg|
|Grade C Container||R60 000||R61 000||R60 000||R63 000|
|Grade B Container||R63 000||R63 000||R63 000||R67 000|
|New Container||R102 500||R102 500||R104 500||R105 500|
|40ft High Cube Containers||Cape Town||Durban||Port Elizabeth||Johannesburg|
|Grade C Container||R68 000||R68 000||R67 000||R70 500|
|Grade B Container||R70 500||R70 500||R70 500||R73 500|
|New Container||R105 000||R105 000||R105 000||R105 000|
|Container Rental - Nationwide||20ft Container||40ft Container|