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FEBRUARY 1, 2018
Shipping containers are making waves around the world for being excellent, budget-friendly storage options for businesses. But have you’ve ever wondered exactly how much you can store in a portable shipping container? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s your 101 for shipping container storage space.
First, let’s break down the most common shipping containers. All shipping containers are standardized after the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set standard sizes for containers in 1961. Standard sizes allow for shipping containers to be efficiently stacked one on top of the other.
Cargo storage is measured in 20 foot equivalent units or TEUs as they are called. The most widely used shipping containers (also known as cargo or intermodal containers) come in the following sizes:
Twenty foot containers weigh about two tons, and are designed to carry heavy cargo such as machinery and heavy commodities including sugar, paper, cement, and steel.
Forty foot containers weigh anywhere between 3.5 and 4.2 tons. They are capable of carrying large volume, lightweight goods. For example, consumer goods like toys, cotton, and electronics are often goods that take up a lot of space, but don’t weigh that much.
Shipping Container Capacity - Industry Examples
So how much can a shipping container actually carry? To give you a better about capacity, we’ve put together sample lists from different industries for each size shipping container:
Retail - Retail storage space comes at a premium, especially during peak seasons. Shipping containers are ideal for inventory storage.
Automotive - Many dealerships choose shipping containers for safe and secure storage.
Construction - Shipping container make safely storing expensive equipment and materials on site easy. Plus shipping containers fit perfectly on trucks for transportation to project sites.
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