Shipping Container Size, Weight, and Volume

  Outside

dimensions (m)

Inside

dimensions (m)

Door

opening (m)

Gross-

weight (kg)

Loading

(kg)

Tare

(kg)

Volume

(m3)

Name Length Width Height Length Width Height Width Height
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 Door 6.058 2.438 2.591 5.844 2.35 2.39 2.34 2.28 24000 21690 2310 32.8
20′ Dry GP 6.058 2.438 2.591 5.898 2.35 2.39 2.34 2.28 30480 28550 2230 33.1
20′ High Cube 6.058 2.438 2.896 5.898 2.35 2.695 2.585 2.338 30480 28120 2360 37.3
20′ Open Side 6.058 2.438 2.591 5.898 2.287 2.299 2.114 2.165 24000 20600 3400 31
20′ Open Top 6.058 2.438 2.591 5.96 2.35 2.352 2.34 2.281 30480 28320 2160 33
40′ Double Door 12.192 2.438 2.591 11.978 2.35 2.39 2.24 2.28 30480 26630 3850 67.3
40′ High Cube 12.192 2.438 2.896 12.032 2.35 2.495 2.343 2.585 30480 26580 3900 76.2

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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