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:

Note that shipping containers are known as ISO standard containers.

Most common shipping container dimensions

Table of 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 dimensions guide for Australia

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

20 foot dry container

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.

20-foot dry container

40-foot General purpose dry container

If 20-foot isn’t enough, try this – 40-foot general purpose dry container.

40-foot General purpose dry container

20-foot Flat rack container

If your cargo are over-sized such as construction equipment or heavy machinery, this 20-foot flat rack container is perfect for you.

20-foot Flat rack container

40-foot Flat rack container

A 40-foot higher flat rack container for much more over-sized cargo.

40-foot Flat rack container

20-foot Open top container

This 20-foot open top container is used to contain cargo which are over height and requires top loading.

20-foot Open top container

40-foot Open top container

Cargo longer or higher than 20 foot? Try 40-foot open top container.

40-foot Open top container

20-foot Ventilated container

If your shipping cargos like coffee beans which requires ventilation, this 20-foot ventilated container is best.

20-foot Ventilated container

20-foot Refrigerated container

Cargos that requires temperature control usually use this 20-foot refrigerated container to keep their cool along the whole trip.

 20-foot Refrigerated container

40-foot High cube container

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.

40-foot High cube container

40-foot Refrigerated container

The 40-foot Refrigerated container is for cargo that requires temperature control or perishable cargo. Its reference code is 42 RT.

40-foot Refrigerated container

20-Foot ISO Tank container

A 20-foot ISO tank is used for carrying oils and chemicals.

20-Foot ISO tank container