Container Dimensions and Capacity

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Detailed Container Dimensions for Standard 20', 40' DC and 40 HCContainers.

Container dimensions, weights and specification are given as accurately as possible but may vary depending on manufacture and conversion. Refrigerated and insulated units have smaller internal dimensions and greater weights than those given.

Containers intended for intercontinental use have external nominal dimensions of:


Length  ----- 9.8125 feet (2.991m) as 10 feet;
19.875 feet (6.058m) as 20 feet;
29.9375 feet (9.125m) as 30 feet; and
40 feet (12.192m)

Width----- 8 feet (2.438m)

Height----- 8.5 feet (2.591m) and
9.5 feet (2.896m)


 


Payload

 
Table and Diagram:

Dimension of General Purpose Containers  

Dimension of General Purpose Containers

CONTAINER

Capacity

Recommended
Load Volume

Nominal
Dimension

Length

Width

Height

Cubic
Feet

Cubic
Meter

Cubic
Feet

Cubic
Meter

External

20'

8'

8' 6"

 

 

 

 

6.096 m

2.438 m

2.591 m

Internal

19' 4.25"

7' 8.625"

7' 10"

1170 cft

1000 cft

5.899 m

2.353 m

2.388 m

33.131 cbm

28 cbm

External

40'

8'

8' 6"

 

 

 

 

12.192 m

2.438 m

2.591 m

Internal

39' 5.375"

7' 8.625"

7' 10"

2385 cft

2050 cft

12.024 m

2.353 m

2.388 m

67.535 cbm

58 cbm

External

40' Hicube

8'

9' 6"

 

 

 

 

12.192 m

2.438 m

2.896 m

Internal

39' 5.375"

7' 8.625"

8' 10"

2690 cft

2350 cft

12.024 m

2.353 m

2.692 m

76.172 cbm

66 cbm

 

NOTE:  Containers with the same external length may not have exactly the same internal length and width.
 The Recommended Load Volume (RLV) refers to the suggested maximum cube to use in calculating a full container load. The RLV can be about 10-15% less than the container capacity, depending on the export pack dimensions.




    Rear view of 20' x 8.5' container




CAUTION:


Miscalculated capacity may result in a large empty and unusable space or a shortage in space. For example (see 20' x 8.5' container diagram on the left), the master cartons have a uniform height of 20 inches, and the length and width are greater than the height. If 1170 cubic feet is used to calculate a 20' full container load, most likely some cartons will not fit despite the empty space of about 170 cubic feet. You cannot stuff the remaining cartons into the remaining 14" high empty space.