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What is a dry container?

Dry containers (DC) are the most used type of container in the world: 90% of goods shipped by sea are loaded in dry containers. The 20-foot and 40-foot cargo containers are made of aluminum or steel and are suitable for all types of cargo. Aluminum containers have a slightly larger payload than steel, and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube.

Dry container

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Dry container size and capacity

The specific dimensions and capacities of dry containers may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. The specifications listed below are representative of the majority of containers available.

20' dry 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

 

40' dry 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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