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Shipping Container Dimensions and Sizes

AUGUST 18, 2020 BY RYAN STOLTZ

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Standardizing shipping container size and dimensions helps things run more smoothly for your business.  Product selection is made simpler and transportation is made easier.

ISO standard shipping containers come in sizes ranging from 10ft to 40ft. Shipping container dimensions can be found on the container registration number. The container owner can also find this information on the container identification number.

These standard sizes and specifications can be applied to similar storage solutions, including reefer containers, tank containers, conex boxes, and more.

In this guide to shipping container dimensions, we will introduce you to everything you need to know to find the right container for your business storage or jobsite office space applications.

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The Structure of a Shipping Container

Shipping containers are built for heavy-duty work. They are designed to be lifted vertically, transported across long distances via cargo ship, freight or rail transportation, or tilt bed truck. These standard containers can also withstand harsh weather conditions when stationed outside. For these reasons, containers are usually made of durable corrugated thick steel (or, in some cases, aluminum). Containers for shipping carry ISO certification that attests to the use of standard shipping container dimensions.

  1. These rectangular boxes are meant to be reused. That’s why they are made of tough metal that is designed to withstand heavy wear and tear.

  2. The corners of a shipping container need maximum strength as they are engaged by the twist locks of a container lifting crane. The corner castings of the container are its point of strength.

  3. Shipping container sizes can be framed in terms of three major weight measurements, which are standardized in ISO certified containers.
  •  Tare weight (weight of the container without cargo)
  •  The weight of the cargo alone
  •  The combined weight of cargo and container

How Big is a Shipping Container?

The dimensions of a shipping container are based on standards that ensure there are no issues during shipping. ISO sets the standard for shipping container dimensions.

        General-purpose containers are 8.5 feet (2.59m) high and 8 feet (2.43m) wide. They come in two lengths;              20 feet (6.06m) and 40 feet (12.2m).

        A 40ft high-cube shipping container or extra tall shipping containers are available at 9.5 feet (2.89m).

        10 feet (2.99m) and 8 feet (2.43m) ISO containers are also available.

Ranging from 10 ft. to 40 ft. in length, you can use these units for a variety of products and purposes, based on their dimensions and the space available at your location. Take a look at commonly available sizes of shipping containers and related measurements below.

 

Types of Containers and Their Dimensions, Weights and Volumes 

40’ Shipping Container

24' Shipping Container

20’ Shipping Container

10’ Shipping Container

 

40' Shipping Container Dimensions

40ft container

 

These containers are commonly used for shipping general-purpose cargo, and they are a popular choice when it comes to onsite storage and jobsite offices. Made from strong corten steel, these 40-foot shipping containers have an internal storage capacity of 67.6 cubic meters or 2.387 cubic feet.

Exterior Dimensions:

  •  Height: 8 feet, 6 inches
  •  Width: 8 feet
  •  Length: 40 feet

 

Interior Dimensions:

  •  Height: 7 feet, 10 inches
  •  Width: 7 feet, 9 inches
  •  Length: 39 feet, 5 inches

 

These dimensions also apply to our 40’ double-door shipping containers.

 

Container Application

The 40 ft. standard shipping container size - general-purpose storage. More volume, lighter goods

 
 

Container Dimensions

Width

Height

Length

 

Door opening in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 6in

-

 

Door opening in meters

2.34m

2.28m

-

 

Interior dimensions in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 10in

39ft 5in

 

Interior dimensions in meters

2.35m

2.39m

12.03m

 

Exterior dimensions in feet

8ft

8ft 6in

40ft

 

Exterior dimensions in meters

2.44m

2.60m

12.2m

 

Container Weight

Max Gross

Tare

Max Payload

 

Weight in lbs

67,196lbs

8,554lbs

58,642lbs

 

Weight in kg

30,480kg

3,880kg

26,600kg

 

Weight in ton

34ton

4ton

29ton

 

Container volume

In CFT

In CBM

-

 

Load Capacity

2,387cf

67.6cm

-

 

 

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24' Shipping Container Dimensions

24ft storage container

These containers are useful for projects where you don’t need 40 feet containers but can’t do with smaller sizes either. With a storage capacity of 192 square feet, these 24-foot containers are great for onsite storage requirements.

Exterior Dimensions:

  •  Length:  24 feet 0 inches
  •  Width: 8 feet 0 inches
  •  Height: 8 feet 6 inches

 

Interior Dimensions:

  •  Length:  23 feet 5 inches
  •  Width: 7 feet 8 inches
  •  Height: 7 feet 10 inches

 

Container Application

The 24 ft. standard shipping container is for mid-size cargo and service providers like plumbers

 
 

Container Dimensions

Width

Height

Length

 

Door opening in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 6in

-

 

Door opening in meters

2.34m

2.28m

-

 

Interior dimensions in feet

7ft 8in

7ft 10in

23ft 5in

 

Interior dimensions in meters

2.33m

2.39m

7.13m

 

Exterior dimensions in feet

8ft

8ft 6in

24ft

 

Exterior dimensions in meters

2.43m

2.60m

7.31m

 

Container Weight

Max Gross

Tare

Max Payload

 

Weight in lbs

53,410 lbs

5,842lbs

48,428lbs

 

Weight in kg

24,226 kg

2,650 kg

21,966kg

 

Weight in ton

27 ton

3ton

24.21ton

 

Container volume

In CFT

In CBM

-

 

Load Capacity

1,391cf

39.3cm

-

 

 

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20' Shipping Container Dimensions

20ft storage container

These containers are ideal for small or medium-sized projects. 20-foot shipping containers are perfect for industrial or commercial storage requirements and can even be converted into onsite offices or guard shacks.

Exterior Dimensions:

  •  Length:  20 feet 0 inches
  •  Width: 8 feet 0 inches
  •  Height: 8 feet 6 inches

 

Interior Dimensions:

  •  Length:  19 feet 4 inches
  •  Width: 7 feet 8 inches
  •  Height: 7 feet 10 inches

 

These dimensions also apply to our 20’ double-door shipping containers.

 

Container Application

The 20 ft. standard shipping container is for heavy cargo, machinery and commodities.

 
 

Container Dimensions

Width

Height

Length

 

Door opening in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 6in

-

 

Door opening in meters

2.34m

2.28m

-

 

Interior dimensions in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 10in

19ft 4in

 

Interior dimensions in meters

2.35m

2.39m

5.9m

 

Exterior dimensions in feet

8ft

8ft 6in

20ft

 

Exterior dimensions in meters

2.44m

2.60m

6.06m

 

Container Weight

Max Gross

Tare

Max Payload

 

Weight in lbs

52,910 lbs

4,982 lbs

47,928lbs

 

Weight in kg

24,000 kg

2,260 kg

21,740kg

 

Weight in ton

26 ton

2ton

24ton

 

Container volume

In CFT

In CBM

-

 

Load Capacity

1,172cf

33.2cm

-

 

 

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10' Shipping Container Dimension 

 10ft container

 

The smallest standard shipping container, these units are perfect for confined spaces. With 80 square feet of storage capacity, these 10-foot containers can fit into parking spaces or driveways effortlessly. Ideal for small businesses or organizations looking for storage solutions.

Exterior Dimensions:

  •  Length:  10 feet 0 inches
  •  Width: 8 feet 0 inches
  •  Height: 8 feet 6 inches

 

Interior Dimensions:

  •  Length:  9 feet 4 inches
  •  Width: 7 feet 8 inches
  •  Height: 7 feet 10 inches

 

Container Application

The 10 ft. standard shipping container is for limited space stores and retail malls.

 
 

Container Dimensions

Width

Height

Length

 

Door opening in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 6in

-

 

Door opening in meters

2.34m

2.28m

-

 

Interior dimensions in feet

7ft 9in

7ft 10in

9ft 3in

 

Interior dimensions in meters

2.35m

2.39m

2.84m

 

Exterior dimensions in feet

8ft

8ft 6in

10ft

 

Exterior dimensions in meters

2.44m

2.59m

2.99m

 

Container Weight

Max Gross

Tare

Max Payload

 

Weight in lbs

22,046 lbs

2,204 lbs

35,000 lbs

 

Weight in kg

10,000 kg

1,000 kg

15, 875 kg

 

Weight in ton

11 ton

1ton

17ton

 

Container volume

In CFT

In CBM

-

 

Load Capacity

563cf

15.95cm

-

 

 

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Features of Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are multi-purpose storage containers that can double up as office spaces as well. Here are some unique features of these containers that make them very useful for commercial storage.

  1. Weather-ResistantThese shipping containers are made of durable industry-grade, corrosion-resistant steel, making them weather-resistant. These storage containers can withstand harsh weather conditions outside and can resist wind and water.

  2. Monocoque Body and Security - Because of its monocoque construction, the outer walls carry a major part of the stress. Apart from the strong structure, the shipping containers have lockable door handles and come equipped with a high-security hasp lock to deter theft and vandalism.

  3. Easy to transportShipping containers are designed for storage - hence they have forklift pockets designed to facilitate movement. They also have shelf or pipe rack options for organized storage.

  4. Scalable Shipping containers are modular in nature, making them easily stackable and customizable. This makes them a perfect alternative to traditional storage and transport.

 

Why Mobile Modular Portable Storage?

If you are interested in renting or buying used shipping containers, we believe we can offer the best solutions for various kinds of businesses. Here’s why -

  1. We at Mobile Modular Portable Storage pride on our quick turn-around times. Our streamlined ordering system saves you time.
  2. Our delivery specialists are always on time and ensure that containers are fully operational before they leave the site.
  3. Our dedicated sales specialists partner with you from start to finish and offer competitive prices.
  4. Mobile Modular Portable Storage assists you in ensuring that the site is prepped for the container.
  5. We have our own fleet of trucks and trailers to deliver your containers in time – we stay on top of timelines for our customers.
  6. Talking about our customers, did we mention how much they love partnering with us?

 

Conclusion

Understanding your storage needs and choosing a container size that will be efficient for your business is key. Connect with Mobile Modular Portable Storage to find out more details or talk to our specialists and find the ideal portable storage container for your business.

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