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Container sizes

Containers are generally built to the specification laid down by the International Standards Organisation.
The sizes of containers in most frequent use have an exterior dimension of 20ft length x 7ft 9ins wide x 8ft 6 ins high or 40 ft, with same height and width. However it is slowly becoming more common to see containers that are 9ft 6ins high.

 

Container variations and internal dimensions:

 

Length

Type

Dimensions (in centimetres)
Lenght x Width x Height

Approx volume
in cubic metres

20ft General purpose 589 x 235 x 239 33,2 cbm
40ft General purpose 1203 x 235 x 239 67,7 cbm
40ft High cube (9ft 6ins)  1203 x 235 x 269 76,4 cbm
45ft High cube (9ft 6ins) 1355 x 235 x 269 86 cbm
20ft Reefer 544 x 226 x 277 28,1 cbm
40ft Reefer 1156 x 228 224 59,3 cbm
45ft High Cube – Reefer 1157 x 226 x 255 67 cbm
20ft Open Top
Roof aperture
588 x 245 x 235
549 x 218
32,4 cbm
40ft Open Top
Roof aperture
1202 x 235 x 232
1187 x 218
65,7 cbm
20ft Flat rack (fixed) 594 x 234 x 234  
40ft Flat rack (fixed) 1213 x 240 x 213