Shipping Container Sizes -Container Dimensions 20 or 40 Ft

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Shipping Container Sizes

Shipping containers have revolutionized the way cargo is transported on ships the across oceans. Containerization has not only helped in ensuring the safety of the cargo transits  but has also improved the overall cargo carrying capacity of the cargo ships.

Until 1956 goods packed in bales, sacks or barrels were individually transferred from the delivery vehicle to the waiting cargo ship. This was manual work carried out by “longshoremen” using pulleys, cargo hooks and a significant labour force. An average ship had 200, 000 individual pieces of cargo and it would take around a week to load and unload.

The shipping container has only been around for the last 50 years. The containerization of cargo revolutionized the transportation of goods as, thefts, damage to goods and costs were drastically reduced.

This ultimately revolutionized  international trade & vastly increased cargo turnaround times

Mostly, all shipping containers are made from steel and have closed-top with hinged doors they are a standardized reusable steel box, used to store and move materials and products ,in international trade

Inter-modal shipping is a method of moving cargo that involves more than one kind of transportation, whether truck, rail, ship or plane. By using standard shipping containers your cargo is  transferred from ship to rail to truck without having to be repacked  This allows moving your containerized  cargo between truck to ship to warehouse with ease.

We can help you

we can  offer a hugh cost saving by consolidating your cargo into our regular consolidation service

We will then combined your cargo with other shipping consignments headed for the same destination.Should you require more specialized container equipment or if you have any further questions ,please contact us.  

Use the following table to check the most frequently used container sizes.

20' GP Container DimensionsMillimetresFeet
Inside DimensionsLength588519'4''
Door OpeningWidth23387'8''
WeightMax. Gross2400052910
Max. Payload2185048170
 Cube MetresCube Feet

40' GP Container DimensionsMillimetresFeet
Inside DimensionsLength1203339'6''
Door OpeningWidth23387'8''
WeightMax. Gross3048067200
Max. Payload2668058823
 Cube MetresCube Feet

40' GP High Cubic Container DimensionsMillimetresFeet
Inside DimensionsLength1202439'6''
Door OpeningWidth23407'8''
WeightMax. Gross3048067200
Max. Payload2646058340
 Cube MetresCube Feet