The Most Common Shipping Container Sizes And Shipping Container Types

International freight forwarders use containers to ensure a safe arrival of your goods from country A to country B. To accommodate different types of goods to be shipped and special care that they might need, there are many different types of containers that have been made in different sizes, materials, structures and constructions.

But What are the sizes of shipping container?

Container dimensions, weights and specifications are given below. We try to be as accurately as possible but the figures may vary depending on manufacture and conversion.

Standard External Container Dimensions

Container Length8ft10ft20ft30ft40ft
Container Width7ft 1ins8ft8ft8ft8ft
Container Height:
» Standard7ft 5ins8ft 6ins8ft 6ins8ft 6ins8ft 6ins
» High cube9ft 6ins9ft 6ins9ft 6ins9ft 6ins

Standard Internal Container Dimensions

Internal Length7ft 6ins9ft 2ins19ft 3ins29ft 4ins39ft 4ins
Internal Width6ft 11ins7ft 7ins7ft 7ins7ft 7ins7ft 7ins
Internal Height:
» Standard6ft 8ins7ft 9ins7ft 9ins7ft 9ins7ft 9ins
» High cube8ft 9ins8ft 9ins8ft 9ins8ft 9ins
End Door Aperture Width6ft 10insas req.7ft 6ins7ft 6ins7ft 6ins
End Door Aperture Height:
» Standard6ft 4insas req.7ft 5ins7ft 5ins7ft 5ins
» High cubeas req.8ft 5ins8ft 5ins8ft 5ins
Floor area51sq ft72sq ft150sq ft227sq ft305sq ft
Cubic capacity:
» Standard348cu ft560cu ft1160cu ft1760cu ft2360cu ft
» High cube630cu ft1310cu ft1985cu ft2660cu ft
Weight1 tons1.5 tons2.4 tons3.2 tons4 tons

 

The Most Common Shipping Container Types

Dry Containers

Dry Containers are the most commonly used containers in the world. They can be used to transport most of the products. Dry containers are available in sizes of 10 feet, 20 feet, and 40 feet.

Flat Rack Shipping Containers

Flat Rack containers are used to load over-sized items, construction equipment, building supplies, or heavy machinery. These containers have 2 sides that can be folded up or down to accommodate different cargo.

Open Top Shipping Containers

Open Top containers come with a removable top and, are usually used to contain over-height cargo.

Tunnel Shipping Container

Tunnel containers are similar to a dry container. Because they have openings on both ends, just like tunnels, so they got named by tunnel container. With two ends open, tunnel containers make loading and unloading much easier.

Side Open Shipping Container

Side open containers is unlike dry container or open top container, they open on the side (as opposed to the ends) to meet specific loading and unloading needs.

Refrigerated ISO Shipping Containers

Refrigerated ISO Containers (also called reefer containers) are used to preserve temperature sensitive goods such as fruit or seafood.

Insulated Shipping Containers

Insulated containers come with a regulated temperature control device, they are most suitable for long distance transportation of products.

Cargo Storage Roll Shipping Containers

Cargo storage roll are made of thick, strong mesh rollers, they are foldable and can be moved easily. They are usually used to transport sets or stacks of heavy materials.

Half Height Shipping Containers

Half height containers are half of the height of a full sized dry containers. They are used to transport goods that require easy loading and unloading.

Car Carrier Shipping Containers

Car carriers are special containers made for car transportation over long distances. To protect cars from damages, they come with collapsible sides.

 

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