Shipping Container Size, Weight, and Volume

 Outside

dimensions (m)

Inside

dimensions (m)

Door

opening (m)

Gross-

weight (kg)

Loading

(kg)

Tare

(kg)

Volume

(m3)

NameLengthWidthHeightLengthWidthHeightWidthHeight
10′ + 8′If you want to receive more information for these container sets, please contact us for more details
10′ + 8′ + 6′
10′ + 9′ + 8′ + 7′ + 6′
20′ Double Door6.0582.4382.5915.8442.352.392.342.282400021690231032.8
20′ Dry GP6.0582.4382.5915.8982.352.392.342.283048028550223033.1
20′ High Cube6.0582.4382.8965.8982.352.6952.5852.3383048028120236037.3
20′ Open Side6.0582.4382.5915.8982.2872.2992.1142.1652400020600340031
20′ Open Top6.0582.4382.5915.962.352.3522.342.2813048028320216033
40′ Double Door12.1922.4382.59111.9782.352.392.242.283048026630385067.3
40′ High Cube12.1922.4382.89612.0322.352.4952.3432.5853048026580390076.2

How big is a shipping container?

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Steel shipping containers are rectangular and can vary in length and height. Standard container lengths are 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. Despite their varying lengths standard containers share a common width of 8ft on the outside. A standard container is 8.5ft tall on the outside, a high-cube container is 9.5ft tall on the outside.

The most common type of shipping container is a standard 20 ft container, with an interior volume of 1,169 cubic ft (33.10 m3) and outside dimensions as follow:

  • Imperial: 19ft 10.4″ long x 8ft wide x 8.5ft tall
  • Metric: 6.058 m long x 2.438 m wide x 2.591 m tall

A standard 40’ steel shipping container, with an interior volume of 2,394 cubic ft (67.8 m3), measures twice as long:

  • Imperial: 40ft long x 8ft wide x 8.5ft tall
  • Metric: 12.192m long x 2.438m wide x 2.591m tall

As a shipping container manufacturer, we offer many customizable options and sizes, including a set of nested containers, which can fit into 20’ or 40’ containers for easy shipping and storage. The nested set measures 10′ + 9′ + 8′ + 7′ + 6′ + 5′.

Other measurements to keep in mind when shopping for iso containers are the inside dimensions, weight, and volume. Review our container size chart for more details.

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