Shipping Containers for Purchase


The Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) is currently working to surplus more than 2,000 shipping containers recently removed from the Arizona-Mexico border.

The containers will be available from June 1- September 30, 2023, for Government and non-profit entities only to have the first opportunity to purchase.

Organizations need to be registered with ADOA to be able to purchase. If you are not currently registered with ADOA, please download and complete the PDF form and email the completed form to [email protected] to register your organization.



Any remaining inventory will be available for public purchase in October 2023.


We only have Grade C and D shipping containers.

Please be aware that these containers have been heavily used and would likely have very noticable dents and cracks. We are unable to guarantee the color of the container. Each container will have operable doors, a roof and a floor.

Transportation costs will vary and are the responsibility of the buyer. The cost will be calculated based on delivery location. The origin location for the shipping container is the Arizona Prison Complex in Tucson.

Buyer must agree to purchase without viewing the shipping container. No refunds.

If you would like to place an order, please fill out an Order Form and you will be contacted within three (3) business days. Government and non-profit entities only.


20 Feet:

  • Grade C – $1,000
  • Grade D – $500


40 Feet:

  • Grade C – $2,000
  • Grade D – $1,500

C Grade Container:

  • Interior will have extensive markings, scratches and corrosion
  • Floor will be stained or marked and may also have moderate delamination
  • Exterior will have extensive corrosion with a multitude of dents
  • Container may have several previous repairs/patches

D Grade Container:

  • Interior and Exterior will have extensive corrosion and or holes
  • Floor will have extensive staining and delamination
  • Major damaged containers fall into this grade

  • Shipping container conversion can lead to housing, office, classroom and other types of occupancy use.
  • Conversions conducted onsite, at the location of the installation of the unit, requires oversight by the local jurisdiction having authority.
  • Converting a shipping container in a facility, for future offsite installation, requires that the facility be licensed and certified by the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH).
  • Whether converting onsite or in a facility, please check with the local jurisdiction regarding zoning and local requirements. Local zoning approvals are required prior to installation.
  • Once a converted shipping container is ready for shipment from a facility to an installation site, an ADOH installation plan and installation permit is required.
  • An installation permit may be acquired from your local jurisdiction if that jurisdiction has an agreement with ADOH.


VIEW List of Jurisdictions in Agreement

VIEW List of ADOH Licensees