Shipping Container Dimensions

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As the main mode of cargo transportation in international trade, shipping containers’ size standards play a vital role in the loading and transportation of goods. Understanding the size standards of different types of containers can help companies rationally plan cargo loading and improve transportation efficiency.

Shipping Container Dimensions

Commonly used shipping container size standards

Small container (10 feet GP)

  • External dimensions: 10 feet long (approximately 3.05 meters), 8 feet wide (approximately 2.44 meters), and 8 feet 6 inches high (approximately 2.59 meters).
  • Internal dimensions: 9 feet 8 inches long, 7 feet 8 inches wide, 7 feet 10 inches high
Small container (10 feet GP)

20-foot standard box (20’GP)

  • External dimensions: 20 feet long (6.058 meters), 8 feet wide (2.438 meters), 8 feet 6 inches high (2.591 meters)
  • Internal dimensions: 19 feet 4 inches (5.898 meters) long, 7 feet 8 inches (2.352 meters) wide, 7 feet 10 inches (2.393 meters) high
  • Cargo volume: about 33.2 cubic meters
20-foot standard box (20'GP)

20ft flatbed box (20′ flatbed)

  • External dimensions: 20 feet long (6.058 meters), 8 feet wide (2.438 meters), 8 feet 6 inches high (2.591 meters)
  • Internal dimensions: 19 feet 4 inches (5.898 meters) long, 7 feet 8 inches (2.352 meters) wide, 7 feet 10 inches (2.393 meters) high

40 feet standard box (40’GP)

  • External dimensions: 40 feet long (12.192 meters), 8 feet wide (2.438 meters), 8 feet 6 inches high (2.591 meters)
  • Internal dimensions: 39 feet 6 inches (12.040 meters) long, 7 feet 8 inches (2.352 meters) wide, 7 feet 10 inches (2.393 meters) high
  • Cargo volume: about 67.7 cubic meters
40 feet standard box (40'GP)

40′ high container (40’HC)

  • External dimensions: 40 feet long (12.192 meters), 8 feet wide (2.438 meters), 9 feet 6 inches high (2.896 meters)
  • Internal dimensions: 39 feet 6 inches (12.040 meters) long, 7 feet 8 inches (2.352 meters) wide, 8 feet 10 inches (2.696 meters) high
  • Cargo volume: about 76.3 cubic meters
40' high container (40'HC)

45 feet standard box (45’GP)

  • External dimensions: 45 feet long (13.716 meters), 8 feet wide (2.438 meters), 9 feet 6 inches high (2.896 meters)
  • Internal dimensions: 44 feet 6 inches (13.564 meters) long, 7 feet 8 inches (2.352 meters) wide, 8 feet 10 inches (2.696 meters) high
  • Cargo volume: about 86.4 cubic meters
45 feet standard box (45'GP)

Selection and planning of shipping container size standards

When selecting appropriate shipping container size standards, cargo volume, weight, special requirements, etc. need to be considered. Properly planning packing solutions, increasing loading rates, and reducing transportation costs are crucial to an enterprise’s international trade; therefore, we recommend using intelligent container loading calculation software to solve such box calculations, on-site packing, container loading rates, and loading and unloading efficiency question