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Welcome to Tiger Shipping Containers, your trusted source for high-quality side opening containers in Australia. Our side opening containers offer versatile access and convenient loading capabilities, making them an ideal choice for various industries and applications.
Side opening containers are a type of modified container that gives you large doors on the side of the container rather than at the end, to make it easier to get to stored goods in and out. You can buy the standard 20-foot side opening container with additional doors on the side or opt for our side-opening 40-foot container. Both available for hire and purchase, with a versatile double door system that opens a full 270-degrees. And all both models come with solid timber flooring to keep your items off the ground.

A Container Modified to Have the Doors on the Side is SUPER Convenient!
The humble shipping container has seen quite a few modifications and innovations since its invention in the 1950s. These modifications have been necessary to increase the types of goods that cargo containers can transport, as well as to enhance the container functionality during transportation.
Versatile Access with Full-Length Side Doors
Our side opening containers feature full-length side doors that provide easy access to the entire width of the container. These doors allow for quick loading and unloading of cargo, especially when you have oversized or bulky items that may not fit through standard container doors. The side doors provide ample space for efficient loading and secure containment of your goods.


Our side opening containers are available in different sizes to suit your specific needs. Here are the dimensions for some commonly used sizes:

20ft Side Opening Container:

  • Internal Dimensions (Metric) – 5.90m (Length) x 2.35m (Width) x 2.39m (Height).
  • Internal Dimensions (Imperial) – 19.4ft (Length) x 7.7ft (Width) x 7.8ft (Height).
  • Door Opening (Metric) – 2.34m (Width) x 2.28m (Height).
  • Door Opening (Imperial) – 7.7ft (Width) x 7.5ft (Height).

40ft Side Opening Container:

  • Internal Dimensions (Metric) – 12.03m (Length) x 2.35m (Width) x 2.39m (Height).
  • Internal Dimensions (Imperial) – 39.5ft (Length) x 7.7ft (Width) x 7.8ft (Height).
  • Door Opening (Metric) – 2.34m (Width) x 2.28m (Height).
  • Door Opening (Imperial) – 7.7ft (Width) x 7.5ft (Height).
Side Opening High Cube Containers: Extra Height for Bulky Cargo In addition to our standard side opening containers, we also offer side opening high cube containers. These containers provide the same versatile access and convenient loading as our regular side opening containers but with the added benefit of extra vertical space. The increased height clearance of high cube containers makes them perfect for transporting or storing bulkier or taller cargo. With the same full-length side doors, you can enjoy easy access and efficient loading while accommodating your oversized goods.

20ft High Cube Side Opening Container Dimensions:

  • Internal Dimensions (Metric) – 5.90m (Length) x 2.35m (Width) x 2.69m (Height).
  • Internal Dimensions (Imperial) – 19.4ft (Length) x 7.7ft (Width) x 8.8ft (Height).
  • Door Opening (Metric) – 2.34m (Width) x 2.58m (Height).
  • Door Opening (Imperial) – 7.7ft (Width) x 8.5ft (Height).

40ft High Cube Side Opening Container Dimensions:

  • Internal Dimensions (Metric) – 12.03m (Length) x 2.35m (Width) x 2.69m (Height).
  • Internal Dimensions (Imperial) – 39.5ft (Length) x 7.7ft (Width) x 8.8ft (Height).
  • Door Opening (Metric) -2.34m (Width) x 2.58m (Height).
  • Door Opening (Imperial) – 7.7ft (Width) x 8.5ft (Height).
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Our side opening sea containers feature the following:

  • High-quality steel construction that provides the toughness and durability you’ve come to expect from shipping containers
  • Water-sealing on all doors to keep the goods inside dry and vermin-free
  • Solid, marine-quality timber floors
  • Standard doors that open the full 270 degrees
  • Large side doors for easier access and loading large items
  • Super easy to stack

We can also install container accessories such as:

  • Whirlybirds
  • Air vents to prevent condensation inside the container
  • Container ramps for smooth and easy loading
  • Heavy duty shelves ideal for goods storage
  • Security lock boxes
  • Windows
  • And much more….


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Easy loading and offloading - Side opening sea containers are especially beneficial because they provide easy access for loading and offloading goods – especially when a forklift or pallet truck is being used. The forklift or truck can drive in, place and stack the goods without too much effort.

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Access for extra-large items - Side opening shipping containers fitted with larger doors provide adequate room for extra-large items that can’t fit through the container’s regular doors. This increases the number of items that you can ship and store using these metal boxes.

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Better access to stored items - With the back to front loading style of the shipping container, accessing goods that were loaded first will require you to remove front items to get to them. With a side opening container, goods that were loaded first do not have to come out last, which makes retrieving items fast and efficient.

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Better utilisation of the container - Side doors also help improve the utilisation of the shipping container, as the container can be divided into two or more parts to serve as multiple cafes, shops or offices.


Because of their versatility, side opening shipping containers can be used for a variety of purposes. These include:

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Storage - The side opening container is perfect for onsite storage as it provides a wider opening for storage of bulky goods while the easy access of goods makes organising, storing, and retrieving items a quick and easy task. This, coupled with the shipping containers robust and secure build, make for the perfect storage facility.

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Transportation - With all the features of a regular container and the added benefit of a side opening door, side opening shipping containers are ideal for transporting both regular and bulky cargo. Side doors provide a better option for loading and offloading.

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Conversions - These containers are also ideal for conversions. Some of the popular conversions include turning them into homes, sheds, offices, cafes, pop-up shops and so much more. For conversions where ruggedness is not a priority, more aesthetically pleasing doors can be used such as sliding glass doors, or even a roller door.

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recent uses & examples of side opening containers

Over the years Tiger Shipping Containers have done numerous side door installations on new and used shipping containers. Here are some examples of our work.

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The double roller doors Installation: For this, the customer requested to have their new-build 20ft shipping container fitted with heavy duty roller doors – something we were able to implement with amazing results. The side roller doors make the container perfect for commercial use due to the storefront-like accessibility.

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Engineering module modification: Side opening shipping containers are perfect for housing machinery. The wide doors enable free air circulation (a requirement for some equipment), easy installation of the machine because of the improved access, and easier and safer access for operators. All this while still enabling the piece of equipment to be shipped anywhere safely and conveniently without being disassembled. The side opening container below was created for a customer who required housing for a power generator. We fitted full-length side opening doors on both sides of the 20ft shipping container, creating the perfect portable generator housing. Whether it’s a simple fit-out or a complicated engineering module, you can count on us to provide exactly what you require.

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The bright red container: For this modification, the customer needed their side opening cargo container to match an existing building next to which the container would be placed. We applied a new coat of paint (bright red) and installed side opening doors on the container. Because of how the container was to be situated, access wouldn’t be possible from the left-hand side, so we needed to install the doors on the right-hand side of the container. We also added some lock boxes for the doors to improve security. The side doors were fitted with rubber seals to ensure that the container retains its weatherproofing.

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Side Access container: For this container we applied a new coat of paint to a second-hand 20ft A-grade container and installed 2 container doors on it. The results were stunning, and we added another satisfied customer to our records.

hassle-free loading with side opening containers

Shipping containers are getting more popular as a practical way to store or transport cargo or goods throughout Australia. As such, we’re finding more ways to modify them to meet people’s needs and make them more convenient. Loading your cargo through a wider double door system on the side of the container is much more practical than having double doors at the front of the container because it gives you a larger access or exit point.
Along with being very easy to load or unload without the doors getting in the way, these containers also come with a few key features. They include:

  • Double doors on the side with a
  • 270-degree opening.
  • Easy access.
  • Sturdy security locking
  • mechanism.
  • Solid steel build.
  • Wooden floors.

side opening container benefits

Having a wider door is ideal for increased accessibility. It does mean that you’ll have to position your container in an area that allows the doors to swing open. This container’s door system gives you a useful and viable option to make it easier to load or unload your cargo.
Modified Side Opening Containers and Accessories
Side opening containers from Tiger Shipping Containers have options to add accessories or modify them to better suit your needs. You can use it to create media centres, site offices, festival stands, art galleries, pop-up shops, coffee shops, kitchens or food stands. Moreover, if you want to use them to create a bar or café, we can help design it for you.
Along with these options, we have a list of container accessories to make your side opening container unique. Whether you need ventilation, whirlybirds, power points, shelving, lighting, work benches, storage spaces or an ensuite, we can incorporate them into the design.