Shipping container dimensions guide
When looking for shipping container dimensions, there are only 11 main types to consider when it comes to international trade.
With the current range of containers, it is possible to ship everything from bulk grains and raw materials to perishable commodities.
This range of shipping containers have evolved over time to meet majority of demands from exporters and importers executing international trade.
The complete guide of shipping container dimensions as follows:
- 20-foot dry container
- 40-foot general purpose dry container
- 20-foot flat rack container
- 40-foot flat rack container
- 20-foot open-top container
- 40-foot open-top container
- 20-foot ventilated container
- 20-foot refrigerated container
- 40-foot high cube container
- 40-foot refrigerated container
- 20-foot ISO tank container
Note that shipping containers are known as ISO standard containers.
Most common shipping container dimensions
We have included a summary of the most common shipping container dimensions in a table with the most frequently asked attributes.
Please note that shipping container dimensions with their exact sizes and capacity will vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
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|Shipping container||6m Standard||6m High cube||12m Standard||12m High cube|
|Max gross weight (kg)||30,480||30,480||32,500||32,500|
|Tare weight (kg)||2,220||2,340||3,680||3,860|
|External length (mm)||6056||6056||12192||12192|
|Internal length (mm)||5898||5898||12032||12032|
|External width (mm)||2438||2438||2438||2438|
|Internal width (mm)||2352||2352||2352||2352|
|External height (mm)||2592||2896||2592||2896|
|Internal height (mm)||2392||2698||2392||2698|
|Door opening width (mm)||2340||2340||2340||2340|
|Door opening height (mm)||2280||2585||2280||2585|
|Cubic capacity (cu/m)||33.2||37.5||67.7||76.4|
Shipping container dimensions with sizes and types
The typical type of shipping container you might always see in the port is the 20-foot dry container. It is used for general kinds of cargo.
If 20-foot isn’t enough, try this – 40-foot general purpose dry container.
If your cargo are over-sized such as construction equipment or heavy machinery, this 20-foot flat rack container is perfect for you.
A 40-foot higher flat rack container for much more over-sized cargo.
This 20-foot open top container is used to contain cargo which are over height and requires top loading.
Cargo longer or higher than 20 foot? Try 40-foot open top container.
If your shipping cargos like coffee beans which requires ventilation, this 20-foot ventilated container is best.
Cargos that requires temperature control usually use this 20-foot refrigerated container to keep their cool along the whole trip.
Though similar with the 40-foot general purpose container, the high cube container has an additional one foot in height – more space for your cargo.
The 40-foot Refrigerated container is for cargo that requires temperature control or perishable cargo. Its reference code is 42 RT.
A 20-foot ISO tank is used for carrying oils and chemicals.