Shipping Container Dimensions

Everything You Need to Know About Shipping Container Types and Dimensions


Updated April 6, 2022

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When it comes to shipping freight in containers, it's important to get one with the right size and most suitable for your needs. There are many different types of shipping containers with unique uses and dimensions. It’s important to note that despite shipping containers being used for different purposes, the majority of them are 20ft and 40ft are modified to meet your needs. Below we’ll give you the overall shipping container dimensions, their uses, weight capacities, and the number of pallets they can accommodate.

Standard Shipping Container Dimensions

Standard shipping containers are commonly used for international shipping of ocean freight dry goods. They come in sizes of 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. The base of a 40ft shipping container can accommodate about 21 pallets of the standard 1.016 m by 1.219 m American pallet type. When it comes to the European pallets that are 1.2m by 0.8m, they can hold up to 25 pallets. They accommodate these numbers of pallets given that the load isn’t landing on the sides.


A 20ft shipping container has a base that accommodates 10 standard American pallet types with dimensions of 1.016 m by 1.219 m. For the European pallets with dimensions of 1.2 m by 0.8 m, they can accommodate 11 pallets. A 10ft shipping container can be modified into a gun safe, worksite storage, garden shed, flammable goods storage, and much more. The 6ft and 8ft containers can be used to store your garden equipment, tools as well as furniture. They can also be used for storage at the back of a truck so as to keep the materials safe and dry. Below are the dimensions of each standard shipping container.


Below are the internal dimensions of different types of standard shipping containers

  • 40ft standard shipping container dimensions are; 473.62in inside length, 92.52in inside width, 94.09in inside height, 67.000 cubic meters capacity, 8,333.47lbs tare weight, and 58,863.42lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft standard shipping containers have dimensions of 232.09in inside length, 92.52in inside width, 94.17in inside height, 33.000 cubic meters in capacity, and 4,916.31lbs tare weight, and 62.236.50lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 10ft standard shipping containers have dimensions of 110.00in inside length, 92.44in inside width, 93.87in inside height, 15.860 cubic meters in capacity, and 2,645.65lbs tare weight, and 19,753.42lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 8ft standard shipping container dimensions are; 90.04in inside length, 83.15in inside width, 81.18in inside height, 10.000 cubic meters capacity, 1,984.16lbs tare weight, and 11,243.58lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 6ft standard shipping container dimensions have an inside length of 68.39in, inside width of 73.78in, inside height of 66.10in, a capacity of 5.000 cubic meters, tare weight of 1,433lbs, and maximum cargo weight of 9,590.11lbs


  • Table of standard shipping container dimenions

    High Cube Shipping Container Dimensions

    High cube shipping containers are quite similar to the standard containers but they are a foot taller. They’re also used for all types of general dry cargo. However, they’re most suitable for shipping light, voluminous goods, and oversized cargo. The maximum height of the cargo shouldn’t exceed 2.70 m tall as that is the standard height capacity of a high cube container. They’re made of steel or aluminum making them strong and secure. Below is a table with high cube container dimensions.


    Here are clear internal dimensions of high cube shipping containers:

  • 40ft high cube container dimensions are; 473.43in inside length, 92.52in inside width, 106.30in inside height, 76.000 cubic meters capacity, 8,862.58lbs tare weight, and 58,334.32lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft high cube container dimensions include; 232.21inches inside length, 92.52inches inside width, 106.18inches inside height, 37.300 cubic meters capacity, 5,114.72lbs tare weight, and 62,082.17lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 45ft high cube containers have dimensions of 533.00in inside length, 92.44in inside width, 106.00in inside height, 86.170 cubic meters capacity, 10,119.22lbs tare weight, and 61,531.02lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 48ft high cube container dimensions include; 569.00in inside length, 98.00inches in inside width, 107.00inches in inside height, 97.810 cubic meters in capacity, 11,331.76lbs in tare weight, and 55,856.14lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 53ft high cube container dimensions are; 629.00in inside length, 98.00in inside width, 107.00in inside height, 109.220 cubic meters capacity, 10,383.77lbs tare weight, and 56,813.13lbs maximum cargo weight.


  • Table of high cube shipping container dimensions
    William Thomas

    Senior Logistics Manager

    Open Top Shipping Container Dimensions

    Open-top shipping containers are suitable for dry cargo that’s too tall for the standard containers or heavy goods that can’t be loaded through the door and need to be lifted using a crane. They are made of corrugated steel. However, the floor is made of wood. Their roofs are convertible because they have removable bows and tarpaulin. These features make the packing and unpacking of the container easy from above or through the doors by the use of cranes when the roof is open and the door header is swiveled out. They have lashing rings that can hold up to 2,204.62 lbs in the upper and lower side rails as well as the corner posts. Below are the open-top container dimensions.


    Below are the internal dimensions of open-top shipping containers:

  • 20ft open-top container dimensions are; 231.81in inside length, 92.32in inside width, 91.14in inside height, 32.000 cubic meters capacity, 4,960.40lbs tare weight, and 67,196.90lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft open-top container dimensions include; 473.58inches inside length, 92.20inches inside width, 91.57inches inside height, 65.000 cubic meters capacity, 8,399.61lbs tare weight, and 58,797.29lbs maximum cargo weight.


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    Refrigerated ISO / Reefer Shipping Container Dimensions

    A reefer container is suitable for goods that need to be shipped at a constant temperature below or above the freezing point. Therefore, it’s used for goods that are chilled or frozen. Some of the perishable goods include fruits, meat, vegetables, and dairy products such as butter and cheese. A refrigerated shipping container transporting chilled meat has special hook rails where it can be hanged. For the voluminous and lightweight goods such as fruits and flowers, a high-cube reefer container is used. A reefer container transported by road or rail is run by a generator set (genset) which is either a component of the refrigeration unit or connected to it. For the ones transported by the ship, they are connected to the onboard power supply system. In case the power supply isn’t enough for the number of refrigerated containers being shipped, large diesel generators are used. Below are the reefer container dimensions.

    Below are the internal dimensions of refrigerated ISO/reefer shipping containers:

  • 10ft reefer container dimensions are; 101.57inches in inside length, 89.76inches in inside width, 88.19inches in inside height, 16.000 cubic meters in capacity, 4,409.25lbs in tare weight, and 17,636.98lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 10ft high cube reefer container dimensions include; 94.09in inside length, 89.76in inside width, 100.00in inside height, 16.000 cubic meters capacity, 4,409.25lbs tare weight, and 17,636.98lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft reefer containers have dimensions of 452.92in inside length, 90.31in inside width, 100.55in inside height, 67.000 cubic meters capacity, 10,271.54lbs tare weight, and 64,683.63lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft high cube reefer container dimensions are; 454.92in inside length, 90.31in inside width, 100.55in inside height, 67.000 cubic meters capacity, 10,273.54lbs tare weight, and 64,683.63lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft reefer container dimensions include; 232.68in inside length, 92.32in inside width, 105.91in inside height, 37.280 cubic meters capacity, 5,335.19 tare weight, and 61,861.71lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft high cube containers have dimensions of 214.80in inside length, 90.31in inside width, 89.06in inside height, 29.900 cubic meters capacity, 6,724.01lbs tare weight, and 67,196.90lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 45ft pallet wide reefer container dimensions are as follows; 524.25in inside length, 96.06in inside width, 101.06in inside height, 83.900 cubic meters capacity, 13,526.15lbs tare weight, and 61,531.02lbs maximum cargo weight.


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    Flat Rack Container Dimensions

    A flat rack container is made of steel frame and softwood floors. It has two end walls which are either fixed or collapsible. They are suitable for large and heavy loads such as pipes and machinery that need to be loaded from the top or sides. Their end walls are stable enough to allow securing of cargo. They’re equipped with lash rings on the floor, corner posts, and side rails where cargo may be secured. Flat rack containers can also be stacked on top of each other. Flat rack containers are available in 20’ and 40’. Below are the fixed and collapsible flat rack container dimensions.


    Below are reliable dimensions of flat rack containers:

  • 40ft flat rack container dimensions are; 465.83inches in inside length, 87.72inches in inside width, 77.99inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 9,259.42lbs in tare weight, and 89,848.60lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft high cube flat rack container dimensions include; 474.80inches in inside length, 93.11inches in inside width, 88.39inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 12,566.30lbs in tare weight, and 86,641.67lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft flat rack container dimensions are as follows; 224.33inches in inside length, 87.80inches in inside width, 88.78inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 5,511.56lbs in tare weight, and 47,399.39lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft flat rack collapsible container dimensions are; 459.06inches in inside length, 86.61inches in inside width, 88.39inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 12,566.35lbs in tare weight, and 86,641.67lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft flat rack collapsible container dimensions are; 223.43inches in inside length, 87.13inches in inside width, 89.37inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 5,732.02lbs in tare weight, and 66,469.37lbs in maximum cargo weight.

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    Platform Shipping Container Dimensions

    A platform container is used for oversized and overweight cargo. They're only made of a floor structure that has an extremely high loading capacity. They don’t have side or end walls. They are made of a wooden floor structure and a steel frame. Their high loading capacity allows them to be concentrated with heavyweights on small areas. They have lashing rings that can hold loads of up to 3,000 kgs equipped in the side rails. Platform containers are available in 20ft and 40ft. When using a platform container, paying attention when securing the goods is important. This is because a platform container with goods that aren’t well secured can easily cause an accident. Below are their dimensions.


    Here are the reliable dimensions of platform shipping containers.

  • 20ft platform container dimensions are; 238.50inches in inside length, 95.98inches in inside width, 14.57inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 5,555.65lbs in tare weight, and 61,641.25lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft platform container dimensions include; 480.00inches in inside length, 88.39inches in inside width, 25.51inches in inside height, 0.000 cubic meters in capacity, 12,566.35lbs in tare weight, and 86,641.67lbs in maximum cargo weight.

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    Bulk Container Dimensions

    TA bulk container is used to transport bulk goods such as grains, pet food, and spices. They have three loading manholes in the roof with diameters of about 455 mm. The distance between them is about 1.83m. On the door side, they have two discharge hatches. The two unloading hatches can also be mounted in the doorways. Bulk containers can also be used for transporting general cargo. In this case, lashing rings are installed in the top side rails for securing the goods. Some have forklift pockets for easy handling by forklift trucks. Bulk containers are mainly found in the sizes of 20 ft. Below are the bulk container dimensions.


    Below are the dimensions of bulk containers.

  • 20ft bulk container dimensions are; 233.62in inside length, 92.83in inside width, 92.13in inside height, 32.000 cubic meters capacity, 5,401.33lbs tare weight, and 47,509.62lbs maximum cargo weight.

  • 30ft bulk container dimensions include; 350.91inches inside length, 95.98inches inside width, 99.45inches inside height, 55.600 cubic meters capacity, 6,448.52lbs tare weight, and 72,917.89lbs maximum cargo weight.

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    Tank Container Dimensions

    A tank container is used for the transportation of liquid substances such as foodstuffs and hazardous materials. Some examples include fuels, corrosion protection agents, sweet oils, spirits, and fruit juices. They’re made of strong steel or anti-corrosive materials to provide them with a long life. They should be 80% full so as to prevent liquid surging during transit because it’s dangerous. In addition to that, they must not be over 95% full because there needs to be room for thermal expansion. If the liquid to be transported needs to be temperature-controlled, the tank container is equipped with heating or insulation. About 95% of tank containers are 20ft. However, there are other sizes as well-meaning that it can be customized to have dimensions that will suit your needs. Below are the tank container dimensions.


    Below are the dimensions of the tank containers.

  • 26,000litre tank container measurements are; 8,950.77lbs in tare weight, 70,415.65lbs in payload, 130 degrees celsius in maximum cargo temperature, 8.0 meter squared steam heating coil, 6.0 BAR test pressure, and 4.0 BAR working pressure.

  • 25,000litre tank container measurements are; 8,223.24lbs in tare weight, 71,143.17lbs in payload, 130 degrees celsius in maximum cargo temperature, 8.0 meter squared steam heating coil, 6.0 BAR test pressure, and 4.0 BAR working pressure.

  • 24,000litre tank container measurements are; 8,598.02lbs in tare weight, 70,768.39lbs in payload, 120 degrees celsius in maximum cargo temperature, 8.0 meter squared steam heating coil, 6.0 BAR test pressure, and 4.0 BAR working pressure.

  • 21,000litre tank container measurements are; 8,046.87lbs in tare weight, 71,319.52lbs in payload, 120 degrees celsius in maximum cargo temperature, 8.0 meter squared steam heating coil, 6.0 BAR test pressure, and 4.0 BAR working pressure.

  • 20ft tank container dimensions include; 238.50inches in inside length, 95.98inches in inside width, 101.97inches in inside height, 9,237.37lbs in tare weight, and 57,959.53lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 10ft tank container dimensions include; 120.00inches in inside length, 96.00inches in inside width, 102.00inches in inside height, 7,275.26lbs in tare weight, and 36,817.20lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft tank container dimensions include; 480.00inches in inside length, 95.98inches in inside width, 103.15inches in inside height, 26,014.55lbs in tare weight, and 48,942.62lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 45ft tank container dimensions include; 540.00inches in inside length, 95.98inches in inside width, 103.15inches in inside height, 36,089.67lbs in tare weight, and 43,276.74lbs in maximum cargo weight.

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    Tunnel / Double Door Container Dimensions

    A tunnel container has doors on both ends which are handy during the loading and unloading of materials. They are easy to convert for multiple uses. For example, part storage and part office. Tunnel containers are available in standard 20ft and 40ft as well as 40ft high cube. Most of the time, tunnel containers are customized according to the client’s needs. They’re also known as tunnel-tainers or double-ender containers. Below are the tunnel container dimensions.

    Here are the dimensions of the tunnel/double door containers:

  • 40ft tunnel container dimensions are; 473.62inches in inside length, 92.13inches in inside width, 93.70inches in inside height, 65.300 cubic meters in capacity, 10,361.73lbs in tare weight, and 60,182.20lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft tunnel high cube container dimensions are; 473.62inches in inside length, 92.13inches in inside width, 105.91inches in inside height, 76.300 cubic meters in capacity, 11,464.04lbs in tare weight, and 63,052.21lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft tunnel container dimensions are; 231.89inches in inside length, 92.13inches in inside width, 93.70inches in inside height, 33.000 cubic meters in capacity, 5,952.48lbs in tare weight, and 61,244.42lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Side Door / Open Side Shipping Container Dimensions

    An open side container has been modified to accommodate two sets of double doors. One of the doors is along the side of the container and the other one at the end. They open up entirely giving a wider room when it comes to loading and unloading of materials. Open side containers are made of iron and steel which make them strong and durable. They’re ideal for the transportation of bulky goods such as plant machinery or large furniture items that wouldn’t fit through standard container doors. Open side containers are available in the standard lengths of 20ft and 40ft as well as high cubes. However, their lengths can vary depending on the manufacturer or owner. Below are the open-side container dimensions.



    Below are the dimensions of the side door/open side shipping containers:

  • 40ft open-side container dimensions are; 473.62inches in inside length, 89.76inches in inside width, 90.16inches in inside height, 64.000 cubic meters in capacity, 13,448.2lbs in tare weight, and 67,020.50lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft open-side container dimensions are; 232.28inches in inside length, 92.52inches in inside width, 92.13inches in inside height, 31.000 cubic meters in capacity, 7,054.70lbs in tare weight, and 45,856.10lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft high cube open-side container dimensions include; 232.20inches in inside length, 90.04inches in inside width, 102.64inches in inside height, 35.200 cubic meters in capacity, 7,826.41lbs in tare weight, and 59,370.49lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft high cube open-side container dimensions include; 473.66inches in inside length, 90.08inches in inside width, 100.28inches in inside height, 32.800 cubic meters in capacity, 12,566.35lbs in tare weight, and 40,344.59lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Insulated / Thermal Shipping Container Dimensions

    An insulated shipping container has a regulated temperature control, allowing them to keep the temperature inside steady for longer hours. They are insulated on the inside protecting it from high temperature exposure. However, unlike reefer containers, they’re powered by an external source. They’re ideal for long-distance transportation of chilled or frozen foods and goods, pharmaceuticals, and any other products sensitive to temperatures. They can also be used to make a cool and comfy workshop, studio, home office, or any other stand-alone structure. Below are the thermal/insulated shipping container dimensions.


    Here are the dimensions of insulated/thermal containers:

  • 20ft insulated container dimensions are; 229.29inches in inside length, 90.24inches in inside width, 89.69inches in inside height, 30.400 cubic meters in capacity, 5,511.55lbs in tare weight, and 61,685.34lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft insulated container dimensions are; 470.79inches in inside length, 88.84inches in inside width, 89.69inches in inside height, 61.400 cubic meters in capacity, 8,377.57lbs in tare weight, and 58,819.33lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft high cube insulated container dimensions are; 470.79inches in inside length, 88.74inches in inside width, 100.20inches in inside height, 68.600 cubic meters in capacity, 9,700.34lbs in tare weight, and 65,256.83lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Half Height Shipping Container Dimensions

    Half-height containers are mostly made of steel. They’re half the height of the full-sized containers. They’re not big but they’re extremely heavy. Therefore, they need to be loaded with smaller quantities of goods. They’re ideal for the transportation of goods that require easy loading and unloading. Some of these goods include coal and stones. Half-height containers are solely available in the open-top format. They have no top. However, you can have it configured to have a removable hardtop and tarpaulin. They have drainage points and barn doors just like the standard containers. Half-height shipping containers dimensions aren’t standard. This means you can have your half-height shipping container customized to your own liking. Below are the half-height container dimensions.


    Below are the dimensions of half-height shipping containers.

  • 10ft half-height container dimensions include; 108.00inches inside length, 84.00inches inside width, 36.00inches inside height, 3,748lbs in tare weight, and 18,298lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 12ft half-height container dimensions are; 132.00inches inside length, 84.00inches inside width, 36.00inches inside height, 1,873.93lbs in tare weight, and 9,149.18lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 15ft half-height container dimensions include; 168.00inches inside length, 84.00inches inside width, 36.00inches inside height, 6,526lbs in tare weight, and 22,796lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft half-height container dimensions are; 228.00inches inside length, 84.00inches inside width, 36.00inches inside height, 8,201lbs in tare weight, and 22,223lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 23ft half-height container dimensions are; 264.00inches inside length, 84.00inches inside width, 36.00inches inside height, 9,182lbs in tare weight, and 23,887lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 30ft half-height container dimensions include; 360.00inches inside length, 84.00inches inside width, 36.00inches inside height, 14,451lbs in tare weight, and 34,050lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Car Carrier Shipping Container Dimensions

    Car carrier containers are made for the transportation of cars over long distances by the sea. They have collapsible sides which allow you to fit a car on the inside without damaging it. A 20ft car carrier is suitable for transporting one car or 4 by 4. A 40ft container on the other can be used for two average-sized vehicles, which makes them convenient and cost-effective while transporting more than one car. A 40ft high cube car carrier container is suitable for vehicles that are slightly taller than average. Despite being known as car carriers, these containers can be used to transport all kinds of automobiles. Below are the dimensions of car carrier shipping containers.


    Below are the dimensions of car carrier shipping containers:

  • 40ft car carrier container dimensions are; 473.62inches in inside length, 92.52inches in inside width, 94.09inches in inside height, 67.000 cubic meters in capacity, 8,333.47lbs in tare weight, and 58,863.42lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft car carrier container dimensions are; 232.09inches in inside length, 92.52inches in inside width, 94.17inches in inside height, 33.000 cubic meters in capacity, 4,916.31lbs in tare weight, and 62,236.50lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft high cube car carrier container dimensions are; 473.43inches in inside length, 92.52inches in inside width, 106.30inches in inside height, 76.000 cubic meters in capacity, 8,862.58lbs in tare weight, and 58,334.32lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Drum Shipping Container Dimensions

    Just like it says, a drum container is a circular shaped shipping unit. Their size is small but due to their shape, they have a large volume. They’re made of hard plastic, fiber, steel, or weight metals which makes them durable and strong. They’re used in the bulk transportation of liquid materials such as petrochemicals and any other liquids. Drum containers are mainly used to transport dangerous or highly flammable substances. Below are the drum container dimensions.

    Plastic Drum Container Dimensions

  • 77-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 44.5” in height, 23” in diameter, and 20lbs in weight.

  • 55-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 35” in height, 23” in diameter, and 22lbs in weight.

  • 35-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 34” in height, 19” in diameter, and 17lbs in weight.

  • 30-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 29” in height, 19” in diameter, and 12lbs in weight.

  • 20-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 26” in height, 15” in diameter, and 10lbs in weight.

  • 15-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 26” in height, 14” in diameter, and 9lbs in weight.

  • 5-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 15” in height, 12” in diameter, and 3lbs in weight.


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    Steel Drum Container Dimensions

  • 55-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 33” in height, 23” in diameter, and 48lbs in weight.

  • 35-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 29” in height, 19” in diameter, and 25lbs in weight.


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    Fiber Drum Container Dimensions

  • 65-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 41” in height and 22” in diameter.

  • 58-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 34.5” in height and 24” in diameter.

  • 55-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 33” in height and 22” in diameter.

  • 41-gallon plastic drum container dimensions are; 30” in height and 20” in diameter.


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    Swap Bodies Shipping Containers Dimensions

    Swap body containers are mainly used in Europe. They’re not standardized because they’re not made following ISO standards. However, they’re very useful. Swap bodies are designed not to waste any space. They are made of a strong bottom and a top that’s convertible which makes them suitable for transporting all types of products. A 30ft swap body container can fit 22 Euro pallets while a 45ft can fit about 33 Euro pallets. Most companies avoid using them because their lifting is done from the bottom corners which are inconvenient. They are ideal for logistical organizations such as postal services. Below are the dimensions of swap bodies containers.


    Below are the dimensions of swap bodies shipping containers:

  • 23ft swap body container dimensions are; 276.38inches in inside length, 96.06inches in inside width, 102.36inches in inside height, 44.500 cubic meters in capacity, 6,613.87lbs in tare weight, and 33,069.34lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 30ft swap body container dimensions are; 359.06inches in inside length, 96.06inches in inside width, 96.06inches in inside height, 54.000 cubic meters in capacity, 7,716.18lbs in tare weight, and 51,729.43lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 45ft swap body container dimensions are; 536.22inches in inside length, 97.64inches in inside width, 99.61inches in inside height, 85.000 cubic meters in capacity, 11,023.11lbs in tare weight, and 61,729.43lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Pallet Wide Shipping Container Dimensions

    Pallet wide containers are designed to accommodate wooden Euro pallets. The Euro pallets are usually 1.2m by 0.8m. As previously mentioned, a 20ft standard container holds 11 Euro pallets while a 40ft standard container holds 25 of them. However, 20ft pallet wide containers hold 15 Euro pallets, 40’ high cube pallet wide containers hold 30 Euro pallets while 45’ high cube pallet wide containers hold 34 Euro pallets. This is because they’re about 5m wider than the standard containers. Pallet wide containers are able to carry two Euro pallets in width while standard containers only carry one. Below are the pallet wide container dimensions and a table showing how many euro pallets each holds.


    Below are the dimensions of pallet wide shipping containers:

  • 20ft pallet wide container dimensions are as follows; 231.89inches in inside length, 96.06inches in inside width, 94.09inches in inside height, 34.340 cubic meters in capacity, 5,291.09lbs in tare weight, and 61,905.80lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft pallet wide container dimensions are; 476.38inches in inside length, 96.14inches in inside width, 93.82inches in inside height, 70.400 cubic meters in capacity, 8,377.57lbs in tare weight, and 65,962.31lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft pallet wide high cube container dimensions are as follows; 476.38inches in inside length, 95.35inches in inside width, 106.10inches in inside height, 79.000 cubic meters in capacity, 10,207.40lbs in tare weight, and 64,749.77lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 45ft pallet wide high cube container dimensions are as follows; 533.70inches in inside length, 96.06inches in inside width, 106.10inches in inside height, 89.200 cubic meters in capacity, 10,714.47lbs in tare weight, and 64,242.70lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 45ft pallet wide high cube reefer container dimensions are as follows; 524.25inches in inside length, 96.06inches in inside width, 101.06inches in inside height, 83.900 cubic meters in capacity, 13,426.15lbs in tare weight, and 61,531.02lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Hard Top Shipping Container Dimensions

    A hardtop container is just like an open-top container. The only difference is, hardtop containers have a detachable roof, unlike the open-top containers which have tarpaulin sheets. Hardtop containers roofs have points that allow a forklift to lift them. Their design is to allow easy and fast loading/unloading of goods. They’re ideal for transporting goods such as large heavy machinery that can't go through the door and need to be carefully loaded and unloaded through the roof. Below are the dimensions of hardtop containers.


    Below are the dimensions of hard-top shipping containers.

  • 20ft hard-top container dimensions are; 231.89inches in inside length, 92.52inches in inside width, 92.52inches in inside height, 32.700 cubic meters in capacity, 4,982.45lbs in tare weight, and 62,214.45lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft hard-top container dimensions are; 473.62inches in inside length, 94.49inches in inside width, 92.13inches in inside height, 66.700 cubic meters in capacity, 8,774.40lbs in tare weight, and 58,422.50lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 40ft high cube hard-top container dimensions are; 473.23inches in inside length, 92.20inches in inside width, 106.02inches in inside height, 75.800 cubic meters in capacity, 10,802.65lbs in tare weight, and 56,394.25lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Intermediate Bulk Shipping Container Dimensions

    An intermediate bulk container is a pallet-mounted reusable container used to store and ship large amounts of materials such as liquids or semi-solids. Intermediate bulk containers are cheap to transport, highly organized, integrated, mobile, reliable, durable, and consistent. They’re ideal for shipping food syrups, raw materials, petrochemicals, paints, pharmaceutical compounds, and bulk chemicals. They’re available in different sizes, dimensions and colors. An intermediate bulk container is either made of carbon steel, stainless steel, high-density polythene (plastic), or poly cage composite (poly caged totes). Below are the intermediate bulk container dimensions.

    Here are the dimensions of intermediate bulk shipping containers.

  • Stainless steel intermediate bulk container dimensions are 48″Lx 40″W x 20″H to 48″L x 42″W x 71″H and a capacity range of 110 to 550 gallons.

  • Carbon steel intermediate bulk container dimensions are 48″Lx 40″W x 20″H to 48″L x 42″W x 71″H and a capacity range of 110 to 550 gallons.

  • Plastic intermediate bulk container dimensions are 45″Lx 45″W x 36.5″H to 81″L x 48″W x 60″H and a capacity range of 120 to 550 gallons.

  • Stainless steel intermediate bulk container dimensions are 48″Lx 40″W x 20″H to 48″L x 42″W x 71″H and a capacity range of 110 to 550 gallons.

  • Poly caged totes intermediate bulk container dimensions are 45″Lx 40″W x 46″H to 48″L x 40″W x 53″H and a capacity range of 275 to 330 gallons.

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    Special Purpose Container Dimensions

    As the name suggests, special-purpose containers aren’t like common containers. They’re custom-made for specific purposes usually at the request of a client or manufacturer. The material used to make them depends on the purpose they’re to serve. They’re available in different sizes and shapes. Special purpose containers are mostly used for security purposes to transport weapons and arson. There are no standard measurements of special-purpose containers. They’re generally customized depending on the needs of the user. Below are examples of some special purpose containers and their dimensions.



    Below are the dimensions of special-purpose containers.

  • Command post-special-purpose container dimensions are 9,920.80lbs in tare weight, 11,023.11lbs in gross weight, 178.03L X 95.98W X 95.98H inches externally when folded, 181.10L X 251.97W X 110.24H inches externally when extended, 5.5 m2 in folded loading space, and 14.0 m2 in expanded loading space.

  • Staff special-purpose container dimensions are 7,716.18lbs in tare weight, 17,636.98lbs in gross weight, 178.03L X 95.98W X 95.98H inches externally when folded, 178.03L X 251.97W X 95.98H inches externally when extended, 6.4 m2 in folded loading space, and 21.4 m2 in expanded loading space.

  • Command & leisure special-purpose container dimensions are 15,652.82lbs in tare weight, 26,455.47lbs in gross weight, 238.50L X 95.98W X 95.98H inches externally when folded, 318.11L X 95.98W X 95.98H inches externally when extended, 10.5 m2 in folded loading space, and 14.5 m2 in expanded loading space.

  • Weapons/workshop special-purpose container dimensions are 17,636.98lbs in tare weight, 26,455.47lbs in gross weight, 238.50L X 95.98W X 95.98H inches externally when folded, and 10.5 m2 in folded loading space.

  • Storage & energy special-purpose container dimensions are 2,502.99lbs in tare weight, 26,455.47lbs in gross weight, 238.50L X 95.98W X 95.98H inches externally when folded, and 12.5 m2 in folded loading space.


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    Ventilated Shipping Container Dimensions

    Also known as coffee containers, ventilated containers have lateral openings that allow airflow and circulation. These ventilations make these containers suitable for the transportation of goods that need constant conditions and temperature. The ventilation system allows these containers to expel hot air while allowing fresh air to enter. This prevents condensation and humidity change that may damage the goods. Ventilated containers are mainly used to transport products such as cocoa beans, green coffee beans, and any other natural products with high moisture content. They’re also used to transport machinery, chemicals, pressurized gasses, and automobiles. They have lashing rings where cargo can be secured in the lower and upper side rails and the corner posts. Each lashing can hold up to 1,000 kgs. Ventilated containers are mainly available at 20ft. However, their internal dimensions vary. Below are the ventilated container dimensions (20ft 8.6 high with wooden floors and corrugated walls).


    Below are the dimensions of ventilated shipping containers.

  • 20ft ventilated container dimensions are; 231.81inches inside length, 91.54inches inside width, 90.16inches inside height, 33.000 cubic meters capacity, 5,291.09lbs in tare weight, and 61,905.80lbs in maximum cargo weight.

  • 20ft ventilated container dimensions are; 232.09inches inside length, 91.38inches inside width, 90.24inches inside height, 33.000 cubic meters capacity, 5,489.51lbs in tare weight, and 61,707.39lbs in maximum cargo weight.


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    Conclusion

    After identifying a shipping container that will meet your needs, finding a professional container transport company to move it from point A to B should follow. Nationwide Transport Services is a reliable shipping container transport company with the resources and experience to ship your container to any destination within the country and beyond safely and on time. Depending on how you plan to use your shipping container, you can always have it customized to meet your needs. Shipping container dimensions aren’t fixed and you can have the manufacturer make you the most suitable one.