Tools: Ocean Freight Containers

The following table shows the weights and dimensions of the most common types of containers. The weights and dimensions quoted below are averages. Containers of the same type produced by different manufacturers may vary slightly in actual size and weight.

  20' container 40' container 40' high-cube container 45' high-cube container
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external
dimensions
L 19'10 1/2" 6.058 m 40' 0" 12.192 m 40' 0" 12.192 m 45' 0" 13.716 m
W 8' 0" 2.438 m 8' 0" 2.438 m 8' 0" 2.438 m 8' 0" 2.438 m
H 8' 6" 2.591 m 8' 6" 2.591 m 9' 6" 2.896 m 9' 6" 2.896 m
interior
dimensions
L 18'8 13/16" 5.710 m 39'5 45/64" 12.032 m 39' 4" 12.000 m 44' 4" 13.556 m
W 7' 8 19/32" 2.352 m 7' 8 19/32" 2.352 m 7' 7" 2.311 m 7'8 19/32" 2.352 m
H 7' 9 57/64" 2.385 m 7' 9 57/64" 2.385 m 8' 9" 2.650 m 8'9 15/16" 2.698 m
door aperture W 7' 8 1/8" 2.343 m 7' 8 1/8" 2.343 m 7' 6" 2.280 m 7' 8 1/8" 2.343 m
H 7' 5 ¾" 2.280 m 7' 5 ¾" 2.280 m 8' 5" 2.560 m 8'5 49/64" 2.585 m
volume 1,169 ft³ 33.1 m³ 2,385 ft³ 67.5 m³ 2,660 ft³ 75.3 m³ 3,040 ft³ 86.1 m³
maximum
gross mass
66,139 lb 30,400 kg 66,139 lb 30,400 kg 68,008 lb 30,848 kg 66,139 lb 30,400 kg
empty weight 4,850 lb 2,200 kg 8,380 lb 3,800 kg 8,598 lb 3,900 kg 10,580 lb 4,800 kg
net load 61,289 lb 28,200 kg 57,759 lb 26,600 kg 58,598 lb 26,580 kg 55,559 lb 25,600 kg

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