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Cargo Shipping Container Sizes

Cargo containers serve a variety of different purposes ranging from global trade export, household goods moving and overseas vehicle shipping. As you'll see, there is a wide range of container sizes and dimensions however in most cases, the standard 20ft and 40ft containers are the most widely used in the shipping industry. Containers can also be used for offices, and sometimes homes, when properly converted.

If you'd like to see an actual 40ft cargo container being loaded, watch our short loading video to see how it's done. The table below contains almost every type of shipping container with dimensions in both standard and metric system measurements.

45’ High Cube Dry Containers

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 13.556 m 44'5 11/16"       4,590 kg 27,910 kg 86.0 cbm
W: 2.352 m 7'8 9/16" W: 2.340 m 7'8 11/16" 10,118 lbs 61,529 lbs 3.031 cu. ft.
H: 2.695 m 8'10 1/16" H: 2.579 m 8'5 1/2"      

45’ High-Cube Reefer Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 13.102 m 42'11 3/4"       5,200 kg 27,300 kg 75.4 cbm.
W: 2.286 m 7 6" W: 2.294 m 7'6 1/4" 11,463 lbs 60,184 lbs 2,663 cu.ft.
H: 2.509 m 8'2 3/4" H: 2.535 m 8'3 3/4"      

40’ High Cube Dry Containers

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 12.030 m 39'5 9/16"       3,930 kg 28,570 kg 76.0 cbm.
W: 2.350 m 7'8 1/2" W: 2.340 m 7'8 1/16" 8,663 lbs 62,984 lbs 2,714 cu.ft.
H: 2.690 m 8'9 7/8" H: 2.579 m 8'5 1/2"      

40’ Standard Dry Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 12.035 m 39'5 13/16"       3,700 kg 28,800 kg 67.0 cbm.
W: 2.350 m 7'8 1/2" W: 2.339 m 7'8 1/16" 8,156 lbs 63,491 lbs 2,393 cu.ft.
H: 2.393 m 7'10 3/16" H: 2.274 m 7'5 1/2"      

40’ Open Top Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 12.043 m 39'6"  L: 11.858 m 38" 4,300 kg 28,280 kg 64.0 cbm.
W: 2.338 m 7'8" W: 2.162 m 7'1" 9,480 lbs 62,344 lbs 2,260 cu.ft.
H: 2.272 m 7'5 1/4"            

40 High-Cube Reefer Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 11.577 m 37'11 3/4"       4,150 kg 28,350 kg 67.0 cbm.
W: 2.294 m 7'6 1/4" W: 2.290 m 7'6 1/8" 9,148 lbs 62,499 lbs 2,366 cu.ft.
H: 2.509 m 8'2 3/4" H: 2.535 m 8'3 3/4"      

40’ Standard Reefer Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 11.577 m 37'11 3/4"       3,950 kg 7,910 kg 58.7 cbm.
W: 2.294 m 7'6 1/4" W: 2.286 m 7'6" 8,708 lbs 61,529 lbs 2,073 cu.ft.
H: 2.210 m 7'3" H: 2.238 m 7'4 1/16"      

40’ Flat Rack Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 12.080 m 39'7 9/16"       5,480 kg 25,000 kg  
W: 2.420 m 7'11 1/4"       12,080 lbs 55,113 lbs  
H: 2.103 m 6'10 13/16"            

20’ High Cube Dry Containers

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 5.919 m 19'5"       1,900 kg 24,800 kg 33.0 cbm.
W: 2.340 m 7'8 1/16" W: 2.286 m 7'6" 4,189 lbs 54,673 lbs 1,179 cu.ft.
H: 2.286 m 7'6" H: 2.251 m 7'4 9/16"      

20’ Standard Dry Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 5.440 m 17'10 3/16"       2,750 kg 24,250 kg 27.9 cbm.
W: 2.294 m 7'6 1/4" W: 2.286 m 7'6" 6,062 lbs 53,460 lbs 986 cu.ft.
H: 2.237 m 7'4 1/16" H: 2.238 m 7'4 1/16"      

20’ Open Top Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 5.919 m 19'5"  L: 5.425 m 17'9 9/16" 2,177 kg 21,823 kg 32.0 cbm.
W: 2.340 m 7'8 1/16" W: 2.223 m 7'3 1/2" 4,799 lbs 48,110 lbs 1,143 cu.ft.
H: 2.286 m 7'6"            

20’ Flat Rack Container

Interior Dimensions Door Opening Tare Weight Payload Cubic Capacity
L: 5.935 m 19'5 5/8"       2,560 kg 21,440 kg  
W: 2.398 m 7'10 3/8"       5,643 lbs 47,265 lbs  
H: 2.327 m 7'7 9/16"            


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