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Overview of the different container types and sizes

When it comes to the transport of goods, container shipping is the most economical way. Kuehne+Nagel provides you access to the wide range of standard and special container types of all cooperating carriers.

Containers vary in dimension, weight and design features. Here you will find an overview of the different types of containers to help you identify the right container for your goods.

What is the standard size of a shipping container?

20-foot and 40-foot containers are the most common container sizes (outer dimension).

What are the different types of containers?

Please note: There might be differences, e.g. in dimension and weight, depending on the chosen carrier, as containers vary based on their manufacturer. Please contact us should you have special equipment-related requirements for your shipment.

General purpose / Standard container

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • These standard containers are suitable for any general cargo, mostly packed in euro pallets or in boxes, such as toys or technical devices
  • They have various lashing devices on the top and bottom longitudinal rails and corner post

Standard container 20'

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
19‘4“ 7‘8“ 7‘10“ 7‘8“ 7‘6“ 1,172 Cft 4,916 Lbs 47,900 Lbs
5.900 m 2.350 m 2.393 m 2.342 m 2.280 m 33,2 Cu.m 2,230 Kgs 21,770 Kgs

 

Standard container 40'

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
39‘5“ 7‘8“ 7‘10“ 7‘8“ 7‘6“ 2,390 Cft 8,160 Lbs 59,040 Lbs
12.036 m 2.350 m 2.392 m 2.340 m 2.280 m 67,7 Cu.m 3,700 Kgs 26,780 Kgs

 

Standard container 40' HC (High cube)

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
39‘5“ 7‘8“ 8‘10“ 7‘8“ 8‘5“ 2,694 Cft 8,750 Lbs 58,450 Lbs
12.010 m 2.330 m 2.690 m 2.330 m 2.560 m 76,28 Cu.m 3,968 Kgs 26,512 Kgs

 


Open top container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’
  • Open top containers have a removable tarpaulin, making them the best option for overheight cargo
  • Loading is possible either from top side or door side

Open top 20'

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
19‘4“ 7‘7“ 7‘8“ 7‘6“ 7‘2“ 1,136 Cft 5,280 Lbs 47,620 Lbs
5.894 m 2.311 m 2.354 m 2.286 m 2.184 m 33,23 Cu.m 2,400 Kgs 21,600 Kgs

 

Open top 40'

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
39‘5“ 7‘8“ 7‘8“ 7‘8“ 7‘5“ 2,350 Cft 8,490 Lbs 58,710 Lbs
12.028 m 2.350 m 2.315 m 2.341 m 2.274 m 55,5 Cu.m 3,850 Kgs 26,680 Kgs

 


Flat rack

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ 
  • Especially suitable for heavy loads and oversized cargo that do not fit into a standard container, such as construction equipment or heavy machinery

Flat rack 20'

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
18‘5“ 7‘3“ 7‘4“ - - - 5,578 Lbs 47,333 Lbs
5.620 m 2.200 m 2.233 m - - - 2,530 Kgs 21,470 Kgs

 

Flat rack 40'

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Tare Weight Maxi Cargo
39‘7“ 6‘10“ 6‘5“ - - - 12,081 Lbs 85,800 Lbs
12.080 m 2.438 m 2.103 m - - - 5,480 Kgs 39,000 Kgs


Refrigerated container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ High Cube
  • These reefer containers do have their own electrically operated cooling/heating unit
  • Ideal for shipping fruit and vegetables on long distances
  • Click here for more information about reefer logistics 

Further special containers

Platform container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’
  • This container is a platform without side and end-walls
  • An ideal solution for heavy loads and oversized cargo when the use of a flat rack or open top container is not possible

Ventilated container

  • 1 size (in feet): 20’
  • Especially for cargo which needs ventilation, like the transport of cacao beans or coffee beans

Hardtop container

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • Equipped with a removable steel roof
  • Loading through roof opening and doorway
  • Ideal for heavy loads that need to be loaded through the roof or doors using a forklift

Insulated container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ or 40’
  • These containers do not have their own cooling facility
  • The cooling/heat is supplied by an on-board Conair plant, by the terminal or by a “clip-on” reefer unit

Flexi Tank container

  • 1 size (in feet): 20’
  • They are one of the most effective transportation methods for bulk cargo
  • Especially designed for the transport of liquid food, e.g. alcohols, fruit juices, edible oils

If you transport your goods with Kuehne+Nagel, you have access to our extensive network and all equipment types offered by the cooperating carriers. Contact us now to find the right shipping solution for you.

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