CONTAINER SPECIFICATIONS

On this page you are able to find some of the most common used container sizes and specifications. 

Container sizes can vary from supplier to supplier. This page should be seen as a guide and not an accurate representation of all container sizes and specifications.  

Dry Container specification blueprint

90% of the global container fleet consists of “dry freight” or “general purpose” containers – both of standard and special sizes. And although lengths of containers vary from 8 to 56 feet (2.4 to 17.1 m), according to two 2012 container census reports about 80% of the world’s containers are either twenty- or forty-foot standard length boxes of the dry freight design.

 These typical containers are rectangular, closed box models, with doors fitted at one end, and made of corrugated weathering steel with a plywood floor. Although corrugating the sheet metal used for the sides and roof contributes significantly to the container’s rigidity and stacking strength, just like in corrugated iron or in cardboard boxes, the corrugated sides cause aerodynamic drag, and up to 10% fuel economy loss in road or rail transport, compared to smooth-sided vans.

20' Dry Freight Container specifications

20′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 22GP
Inside Measurement 
Length
5,896 (mm)
19' 4 1/8
Width 
2,350 (mm)
7' 8 1/2"
Height 
2,393 (mm)
7' 10 3/16"
Door Opening
Width
2,339 (mm)
7' 8 1/16"
Height
2,274 (mm)
7' 5 1/2"
Weight
Max gross.
35,480 (kg)
67,200 (lbs)
Tare
2,280 (kg)
5,030 (lbs)
Max payload
28,800 (kg)
62,170 (lbs)
Volume
33 (m³)
1,165 (ft³)

40' Dry Freight Container specifications

40′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 42GP
Inside Measurement 
Length
12,032 (mm)
39' 11/16"
Width 
2,350 (mm)
7' 8 1/2"
Height 
2,393 (mm)
7' 10 3/16"
Door Opening
Width
2,340 (mm)
7' 8 1/8"
Height
2,274 (mm)
7' 5 1/2"
Weight
Max gross.
32,500 (kg)
71,650 (lbs)
Tare
3,700 (kg)
8,157 (lbs)
Max payload
28,800 (kg)
63,493 (lbs)
Volume
67 (m³)
2,366 (ft³)

40' High Cube Dry Freight Container specifications

40′ x 8′ x 9’6″

ISO Size Code 45G1
Inside Measurement 
Length
12,032 (mm)
39' 11/16"
Width 
2,350 (mm)
7' 8 1/2"
Height 
2,697 (mm)
7' 10 3/16"
Door Opening
Width
2,340 (mm)
7' 8 1/8"
Height
2,577 (mm)
8' 5 7/16"
Weight
Max gross.
32,500 (kg)
71,650 (lbs)
Tare
3,880 (kg)
8,554 (lbs)
Max payload
28,620 (kg)
63,100 (lbs)
Volume
76 (m³)
2,684 (ft³)

45' High Cube Dry Freight Container specifications

45′ x 8′ x 9’6″

ISO Size Code L5G1
Inside Measurement 
Length
13,556 (mm)
44' 5/11"
Width 
2,352 (mm)
7' 8 9"
Height 
2,698(mm)
8' 10 3"
Door Opening
Width
2,340 (mm)
7' 8 1/8"
Height
2,585 (mm)
8' 5 12"
Weight
Max gross.
32,500 (kg)
71,650 (lbs)
Tare
4,900 (kg)
10,803 (lbs)
Max payload
27,600 (kg)
60,848 (lbs)
Volume
85 (m³)
3,036 (ft³)

Reefer container sizes & specifications

Reefer Container specification blueprint

A refrigerated container or reefer is a shipping container used in intermodal freight transport that is capable of refrigeration for the transportation of temperature-sensitive, perishable cargo such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and other similar items.

 

While a reefer will have an integral refrigeration unit, they rely on external power, from electrical power points at a land-based site, a container ship or on quay. When being transported over the road on a trailer or over rail wagon, they can be powered from diesel powered generators which attach to the container whilst on road journeys. Refrigerated containers are capable of controlling temperature ranging from −65 °C (−85 °F) up to 40 °C (104 °F).

20' Reefer Container specifications

20′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 22R0
Inside Measurement 
Length
5,451(mm)
17' 10 9/16"
Width 
2,290 (mm)
7' 6 1/8"
Height 
2,167 (mm)
7' 1 15/16"
Door Opening
Width
2,290 (mm)
7' 6 1/8"
Height
2,212 (mm)
7' 3 1/16"
Weight
Max gross.
30,480 (kg)
67,200 (lbs)
Tare
2,990 (kg)
6,591 (lbs)
Max payload
27,490 (kg)
60,600 (lbs)
Volume
27 (m³)
953 (ft³)

40' High Cube Reefer Container specifications

40′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 42R0
Inside Measurement 
Length
11,580 (mm)
37' 11 7/8"
Width 
2,275 (mm)
7' 11 1/6"
Height 
2,415 (mm)
7' 11 1/6"
Door Opening
Width
2,276 (mm)
7' 5 9/16"
Height
2,471 (mm)
8' 1 1/14"
Weight
Max gross.
34,000 (kg)
74,957 (lbs)
Tare
4,530 (kg)
9,965 (lbs)
Max payload
29,480 (kg)
64.992 (lbs)
Volume
65,5 (m³)
2,384 (ft³)

Flat Rack sizes & specifications

Flat Rack specification blueprint

Flat Rack Containers are a type of specialized containers having walls only at the short end of the container. Therefore, these containers are employed when the cargo needs to be loaded from the top or sides due to different dimensions or abnormal loads.

They are majorly used for shipping heavy or bulky cargo such as machinery, timber, pipes, buses, boats, etc. – which don’t fit inside standard containers and stick out through open sides. Here’s everything you need to know about these versatile containers.

Flat rack containers come in the standard 20ft or 40ft sizes. They are manufactured from steel with softwood flooring. A go-to choice for freight forwarders, flat racks are great for transporting heavy cargo which is difficult to load from the front gate.

20' Flat Racks specifications

20′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 22P3
Inside Measurement 
Length
5,638 (mm)
18' 6"
Width 
2,194 (mm)
7' 2 3/8"
Height 
2,233 (mm)
7' 3 7/8"
Weight
Max gross.
45,000 (kg)
99,200 (lbs)
Tare
2,900 (kg)
6,400 (lbs)
Max payload
42,100 (kg)
92,800 (lbs)
Volume
27 (m³)
953 (ft³)

40' Flat Rack specifications

40′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 22P3
Inside Measurement 
Length
11,652 (mm)
38' 2 3/4"
Width 
2,245 (mm)
7' 4 3/4"
Height 
2,265 (mm)
7' 4 1/8"
Weight
Max gross.
55,000 (kg)
121,250 (lbs)
Tare
5,900 (kg)
12,900 (lbs)
Max payload
49,100 (kg)
108,350 (lbs)
Volume
59 (m³)
2,092 (ft³)

Open top container sizes & specifications

Open Top specification blueprint

As the name proposes, open-top containers have distinctive rooftops and door features as they can be used to ship more extensively than usual freight.

Open top shipping containers are a particular kind of shipping container specially designed for cargo that needs loading through a crane or crab that is too huge or hard to fit through the end doors on a standard freight container. Similarly, they are used when freight is loaded from the door side or through the overhead hanging tackle and for over-height shipment, which is the load that is too tall to fit inside a standard steel compartment.

20' Open Top Container specifications

20′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 42R0
Inside Measurement 
Length
5,919 (mm)
19' 5"
Width 
2,346 (mm)
7' 8 5/16"
Height 
2,286 (mm)
7' 6"
Door Opening
Width
2,286 (mm)
7' 6"
Height
2,253 (mm)
7' 4 11/16"
Top Opening
Lenght
5,490 (mm)
18' 1/16"
Width
2,223 (mm)
7' 3 1/2"
Weight
Max gross.
30,480 (kg)
67,196 (lbs)
Tare
2,280 (kg)
5,027 (lbs)
Max. payload
28,000 (kg)
61,728 (lbs)

40' Open Top Container specifications

40′ x 8′ x 8’6″

ISO Size Code 42U1
Inside Measurement 
Length
5,919 (mm)
19' 5"
Width 
2,346 (mm)
7' 8 5/16"
Height 
2,286 (mm)
7' 6"
Door Opening
Width
2,286 (mm)
7' 6"
Height
2,253 (mm)
7' 4 11/16"
Top Opening
Lenght
5,490 (mm)
18' 1/16"
Width
2,223 (mm)
7' 3 1/2"
Weight
Max gross.
30,480 (kg)
67,196 (lbs)
Tare
2,280 (kg)
5,027 (lbs)
Max. payload
28,000 (kg)
61,728 (lbs)