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What is a standard container?

Standard 20FT and 40FT containers are the most used container types worldwide. By more than 90% of the goods transported over the oceans a 20FT or 40FT container is used. These types of containers are made of aluminum or steel and are suitable for (almost) all types of cargo. Aluminum containers have a slightly larger load capacity than the steel version. Steel containers have a slightly larger volume.

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Dimensions and loading capacity of a standard container

The specific dimensions and loading capacity of 20FT and 40FT containers are depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. Below specifications are representative for the most available standard containers.

20FT standard container

Tare weight Payload capacity Cubic capacity Internal length
2,300 25,000 kg
33.2 m3
5.9 m
5,071.5 lbs 55,126.9 lbs
1,172 cu ft
19.4 ft
Internal width Internal height Door opening width Door opening height
2.35 m 2.39 m
2.34 m
2.28 m
7.7 ft 7.9 ft
7.7 ft
7.5 ft

 

40FT standard container

Tare weight Payload capacity Cubic capacity Internal length
3,750 27,600 kg
67.7 m3
12.03 m
8,268.8 lbs 61,200 lbs
2,389 cu ft
39.5 ft
Internal width Internal height Door opening width Door opening height
2.35 m 2.39 m
2.34 m
2.28 m
7.7 ft 7.9 ft
7.7 ft
7.5 ft

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