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Standard Shipping Container Dimensions

Standard Shipping Container Dimensions Chart
Container Type Length Height Width
External Internal External Internal External Internal
20ft. Shipping Container 20ft. (6.09m) 19ft. 4in. (5.89m) 8ft. 6in. (2.59m) 7ft. 10in. (2.34m) 8ft. (2.44m) 7ft. 8in. (2.31m)
40ft. Shipping Container 40ft. (12.18m) 39ft. 5in. (11.99m) 8ft. 6in. (2.59m) 7ft. 10in. (2.34m) 8ft. (2.44m) 7ft. 8in. (2.31m)
20ft. High-Cube Shipping Container 20ft. (6.09m) 19ft. 4in. (5.89m) 9ft. 6in. (2.90m) 8ft. 8in. (2.64m) 8ft. (2.44m) 7ft. 7in. (2.31m)
40ft. High-Cube Shipping Container 40ft. (12.18m) 39ft. 5in. (11.99m) 9ft. 6in. (2.90m) 8ft. 10in. (2.64m) 8ft. (2.44m) 7ft. 8in. (2.31m)
 
  • ISO shipping container dimensions

    How can different countries from around the world manufacture containers and all of them be the same dimensions? The answer is the International Organization for Standardization or ISO for short. No matter where in the world containers come from, they have to be built to the same specifications so that they can be safely stacked and secured when traveling the world on cargo ships. All of the containers sold by McLaren Container Sales adhere to the ISO standard dimension requirements.

  • What’s a typical size for a shipping container?

    When shopping for a container, you will come across a few different sizes. The ISO standard container size is 8 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall. The length of the container is more of a customer preference, with the most common lengths being 20 foot and 40 foot.

    High cube containers are also an option. A high cube container is one foot taller than the standard container and measure 9.5 feet tall. Even though containers must be built to ISO standards, there can be slight variations depending on the manufacturer.

  • Shipping container weights

    When choosing which size shipping container to use, the size and weight of your payload will have to be taken into account. ISO 20 foot containers can hold around 62,788 lbs. of payload while the ISO 40 foot container can hold around 59,547 lbs.

    There are three different weights to consider when choosing a container. The first is the tare weight which is the weight of the container without a payload. Basically what the container weighs by itself. Second is the gross weight. This is the weight of the container plus its maximum payload. Lastly, we have the payload weight which is the most weight a particular container can hold.

Shipping Containers Dimensions

dimensions
  • Gross capacity: 60,850 lbs.
  • Payload: 56,000 lbs.
  • Tare weight: 4,850 lbs.

These shipping containers have the capacity equivalent to a one-car garage. Not only are they great for shipping and storage, they can also be custom modified into a mobile office, restrooms and many other DIY projects. With 1,169 cubic feet of space, these containers offer plenty of room for storage.

dimensions
  • Gross capacity: 62,719 lbs.
  • Payload: 57,869 lbs.
  • Tare weight: 5,050 lbs.

If even more space is required, we offer a “high cube” version of the 20 foot container. This bumps up the cubic feet of space to 1,444. This will allow for bulkier cargo or a room with higher ceilings if you plan on making the container into a living space or office.

dimensions
  • Gross capacity: 66,139 lbs.
  • Payload: 57,759 lbs.
  • Tare weight: 8,380 lbs.

If you are looking for the most space at the best price, the 40-foor container is the way to go. With 2,385 cubic feet of space, you will have plenty of room for storage or shipping of machinery, raw materials and more. These containers can also be converted into classrooms, ticket kiosks, offices and more.

dimensions
  • Gross capacity: 68,008 lbs.
  • Payload: 57,759 lbs.
  • Tare weight: 8,380 lbs.

As with the high cube in the 20 foot container, the 40 foot high cube gains some capacity due to the extra foot of storage space. This just increases the value of the 40 foot container also resulting in 2,660 cubic feet of storage space. This is as much as a two car garage!

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