Shipping Container Dimensions & Sizes | Your Complete Guide

Shipping Container Dimensions & Sizes - Your Complete Guide

Shipping containers come in a range of standard sizes. Their size refers to the container’s length in feet. Most containers are a similar width and there are two common heights, a general purpose or high cube variant. More about that later.

Shipping Container Dimensions

How big is a shipping container? They range in size from 8ft, or 2.43m, all the way up to 48ft, or 14.63m. 

The following dimensions and weights can vary.

Standard Shipping Container Dimensions

With so many different container sizes, there is no 'standard' shipping container. However the most common shipping container is the 20ft container

20ft Shipping Container Dimensions (external)

Length (mm)

6,058

Width (mm)

2,438

Height (mm)

2,591

 

General Purpose and High Cube?

General Purpose Container

The external height of a general purpose container is 8’6”, or 2.59m tall. The internal height varies slightly, but is ~2.39m high.

High Cube Container

A high cube container has an additional foot of height, so externally it measures 9’6”, or 2.89m tall. The internal height of a high cube container varies slightly, but is ~2.69m high.

High cubes were originally introduced to provide additional internal storage for the purpose of furniture storage and transport, but the benefits have extended into other uses also. 

You can tell if a container is a high cube by looking at it if you see black and yellow tape next to the corner castings.

High Cube...

High Cube...

...not a High Cube

...not a High Cube

What do the Weights mean?

Tare

Tare weight is the weight of an empty shipping container. 

Payload

A shipping container’s payload is the amount of cargo or goods that it can hold.

Max Gross Weight (MGW)

Max Gross Weight is the total maximum weight that is permitted with the container. It is the Tare + Payload, or put simply, the weight of the container and the maximum amount of goods it can carry safely.


Shipping Container Dimensions & Sizes

Shipping containers come in a wide range of sizes. For storage containers, the most common size is 20ft, however there are others designed to cater for your storage needs or fit in the space available at your site.

8ft Shipping Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

2,287

Length (mm)

2,438

Tare (kg)

950

Width (mm)

2,112

Width (mm)

2,200

Payload (kg)

5,050

Height (mm)

2,067

Height (mm)

2,260

MGW (kg)

6,000

8ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

8ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

The 8ft shipping container is less common, but still a popular choice for space constrained sites that require extra storage. Courtyard homes, small business and sports clubs are well suites to containers of this size. 

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10ft Shipping Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

2,831

Length (mm)

2,991

Tare (kg)

1,300

Width (mm)

2,350

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

8,860

Height (mm)

2,390

Height (mm)

2,591

MGW (kg)

10,160

10ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

10ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

Of the mini shipping containers available, 10ft shipping shipping containers are the most commonly available. They provide ample space for onsite storage, but are still less common than 20ft containers. 

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10ft High Cube Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

2,840

Length (mm)

2,991

Tare (kg)

1,350

Width (mm)

2,350

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

10,000

Height (mm)

2,698

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

11,350

10ft high cube shipping containers provide an additional foot of height for extra storage.

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20ft Shipping Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,898

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

2,120

Width (mm)

2,352

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

28,360

Height (mm)

2,390

Height (mm)

2,591

MGW (kg)

30,480

20ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

20ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

The original and most common type of container, the 20ft shipping container is everywhere. 

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20ft High Cube Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,898

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

2,315

Width (mm)

2,352

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

28,165

Height (mm)

2,700

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

30,480

20ft High Cube Container External Dimensions

20ft High Cube Container External Dimensions

The 20ft high cube shipping container provides an additional foot of height for extra storage. These are popular for transport purposes too.

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40ft Shipping Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

12,032

Length (mm)

12,192

Tare (kg)

3,490

Width (mm)

2,352

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

26,990

Height (mm)

2,393

Height (mm)

2,591

MGW (kg)

30,480

40ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

40ft Shipping Container External Dimensions

The 40ft shipping container is another common size. These are not much more expensive than 20ft variants and store a lot of goods.

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40ft High Cube Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

12,032

Length (mm)

12,192

Tare (kg)

4,670

Width (mm)

2,350

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

29,330

Height (mm)

2,695

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

34,000

40ft High Cube Container External Dimensions

40ft High Cube Container External Dimensions

If space is not an issue, the 40ft high cube shipping container is often the most popular choice for large scale storage and transport. 

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Portable Building Dimensions and Sizes

Portable buildings provide a safe environment for your team to work from or take a well earned break. They are a staple of construction and projects. Our portable buildings come in two main sizes, 20ft and 40ft.

20ft Ablution Block Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,770

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,000

Width (mm)

2,150

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

7,000

Height (mm)

2,440

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

10,000

20ft Ablution Block External Dimensions

20ft Ablution Block External Dimensions

Release the load in our 20ft ablution block, often the most important building on site.

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20ft Crib Room Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,770

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,000

Width (mm)

2,150

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

7,000

Height (mm)

2,440

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

10,000

20ft Crib Room External Dimensions

20ft Crib Room External Dimensions

The 20ft crib room provides a safe, comfortable place for your team to take a break and refuel. 

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20ft Site Office Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,770

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,000

Width (mm)

2,150

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

7,000

Height (mm)

2,440

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

10,000

20ft Site Office External Dimensions

20ft Site Office External Dimensions

The 20ft site office can be configured to suit your requirements and better manage your project onsite.

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20ft First Aid Room Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,770

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,000

Width (mm)

2,150

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

7,000

Height (mm)

2,440

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

10,000

20ft First Aid Room External Dimensions

20ft First Aid Room External Dimensions

Our 20ft first aid room is a safe, clean space to treat individuals. 

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20ft Hoarding Platform 10kPa Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

N/A

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

N/A

Width (mm)

N/A

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

20,000

Height (mm)

N/A

Height (mm)

260

MGW (kg)

N/A

20ft Hoarding Platform 10kPa External Dimensions

20ft Hoarding Platform 10kPa External Dimensions

Keep your team safe on site with our 20ft hoarding platform 10kPa units. 

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20ft Container Workshop Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,898

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

2,315

Width (mm)

2,350

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

28,165

Height (mm)

2,700

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

30,480

20ft Container Workshop External Dimensions

20ft Container Workshop External Dimensions

A 20ft container workshop is the perfect alternative to a shed, especially if you need it quickly and don't want to go through the whole approval process. They are also popular on worksites. 

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20ft Shower Block Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,866

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,000

Width (mm)

2,246

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

3,000

Height (mm)

2,500

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

6,000

20ft Shower Block External Dimensions

20ft Shower Block External Dimensions

Keep your team clean and hygienic with a 20ft shower block.

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40ft Accommodation Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

11,884

Length (mm)

12,192

Tare (kg)

5,300

Width (mm)

2,150

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

9,700

Height (mm)

2,405

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

15,000

40ft Accommodation External Dimensions

40ft Accommodation External Dimensions

40ft accommodation units are popular on camps and regional projects. Each comes with all the amenities one could expect from a comfortable 

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Dangerous Goods Container Dimensions

Dangerous goods containers come in a range of sizes. They are designed to safely store a range of dangerous goods, chemicals and corrosives.

Chemical Storage Cupboard Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

2,100

Length (mm)

2,163

Tare (kg)

900

Width (mm)

1,345

Width (mm)

1,425

Payload (kg)

3,000

Height (mm)

1,675

Height (mm)

2,289

MGW (kg)

3,900

Chemical Storage Cupboard External Dimensions

Chemical Storage Cupboard External Dimensions

Safely store your dangerous safely on site constrained sites in a Chemical Storage Container for much less than the cost of a dangerous goods container.

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10ft Dangerous Goods Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

2,840

Length (mm)

2,991

Tare (kg)

1,850

Width (mm)

2,370

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

8,360

Height (mm)

2,586

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

10,160

10ft Dangerous Goods Container External Dimensions

10ft Dangerous Goods Container External Dimensions

Our 10ft Dangerous Goods container allows you to store more dangerous goods on your site. Get it out of your workshop so you can free up space.

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20ft Dangerous Goods Single Side Door Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,898

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

4,000

Width (mm)

2,309

Width (mm)

2,450

Payload (kg)

16,000

Height (mm)

2,586

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

20,000

20ft Single Side Door Dangerous Goods Container External Dimensions

20ft Single Side Door Dangerous Goods Container External Dimensions

Our 20ft Single Side Door Dangerous Goods container allows you to store and access dangerous goods from one whole side. Safe and easy access makes your day that much better.

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20ft Double Side Door Dangerous Goods Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,948

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

4,600

Width (mm)

2,248

Width (mm)

2,462

Payload (kg)

16,000

Height (mm)

2,586

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

20,600

20ft Double Side Door Dangerous Goods Container External Dimensions

20ft Double Side Door Dangerous Goods Container External Dimensions

Our 20ft Double Side Door Dangerous Goods container provides the ultimate flexibility to access and pack your dangerous goods. Access from both sides saves you time and increases safety onsite.

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ISO Tank Dimensions

ISO Tanks are designed to transport or store bulk liquids or powders. Their external footprint is the same, however different models can hold a range of different volumes.

ISO Liquid Tank Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Litres

14,000 - 26,000

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

2,500 - 3,500

m3

14-26

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

32,500 - 33,500

 

 

Height (mm)

2,591

MGW (kg)

36,000

ISO Liquid Tank External Dimensions

ISO Liquid Tank External Dimensions

Store and transport your bulk liquids in our ISO liquid tank. We have introduced a range of industry leading safety features to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and contractors.

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ISO Pneumatic Tank Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Litres

28,000

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

4,150

m3

28

Width (mm)

2,502

Payload (kg)

29,850

 

 

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

34,000

Our ISO Pneumatic tank enables the safe and efficient transport of bulk powders. We have introduced a range of industry leading safety features to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and contractors.

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ISO Side Discharge Tank Dimensions

26,000L variant

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Litres

26,000

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,190

m3

26

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

32,810

 

 

Height (mm)

2,591

MGW (kg)

36,000

ISO Side Discharge Tank External Dimensions

ISO Side Discharge Tank External Dimensions

Our ISO Side Discharge tank has side discharge capabilities so your operator does not need to leave the ground. It also comes with a range of other industry leading safety features.

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ISO Food Grade CIP Tank Dimensions

VOLUME

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Litres

21,000 - 24,500

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,460

m3

21 - 24.5

Width (mm)

2,438

Payload (kg)

35,540

 

 

Height (mm)

2,591

MGW (kg)

39,000

ISO Food Grade CIP Tank External Dimensions

ISO Food Grade CIP Tank External Dimensions

Our ISO Food Grade CIP tank is designed for the safe and efficient transport of bulk foods that will not be spoiled in transit. 

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Refrigerated Container Dimensions

Refrigerated containers come in a range of sizes, some less common than standard containers. They are available in 20ft, 41ft, 46ft and 48ft lengths.

20ft Cool Room Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,468

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,750

Width (mm)

2,375

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

31,260

Height (mm)

2,580

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

35,000

20ft Cool Room External Dimensions

20ft Cool Room External Dimensions

Our 20ft Cool Room is suited to onsite cold storage, at manufacturing facilities or events. It can also transport temperature sensitive pallets and cargo.

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41ft Refrigerated Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

11,780

Length (mm)

12,573

Tare (kg)

6,400

Width (mm)

2,385

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

28,200

Height (mm)

2,716

Height (mm)

3,000

MGW (kg)

35,000

41ft Refrigerated Container External Dimensions

41ft Refrigerated Container External Dimensions

A 41ft Refrigerated Container is popular for the transport of temperature controlled pallets and cargo.

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46ft Refrigerated Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

13,218

Length (mm)

14,185

Tare (kg)

6,870

Width (mm)

2,390

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

28,130

Height (mm)

2,716

Height (mm)

3,000

MGW (kg)

35,000

46ft Refrigerated Container External Dimensions

46ft Refrigerated Container External Dimensions

The 46ft Refrigerated Container has the same capabilities as the 41ft unit, but can hold more goods. Popular for large scale transport of temperature sensitive pallets and cargo.

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48ft Refrigerated Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

14,130

Length (mm)

15,234

Tare (kg)

7,760

Width (mm)

2,380

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

27,240

Height (mm)

2,716

Height (mm)

3,000

MGW (kg)

35,000

48ft Refrigerated Container External Dimensions

48ft Refrigerated Container External Dimensions

The 48ft Refrigerated Container is the largest refrigerated container available on the market. It is best suited to the large-scale transport of temperature sensitive pallets and cargo.

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Pallet Wide Container Dimensions

Pallet wide containers are designed to fit two Australia CHEP pallets (width wise). Our pallet wide containers also come with the option of vertical load bars, that enable you to safely stack fragile pallets on top of each other without the risk of damage.

20ft Pallet Wide Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,899

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

2,882

Width (mm)

2,422

Width (mm)

2,462

Payload (kg)

27,598

Height (mm)

2,694

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

30,480

20ft Pallet Wide External Dimensions

20ft Pallet Wide External Dimensions

Easily fit up to 10 pallets for safe and secure transport, or 20 pallets by adding our vertical load bars into our 20ft Pallet Wide container.

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40ft Pallet Wide Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

12,041

Length (mm)

12,192

Tare (kg)

4,670

Width (mm)

2,414

Width (mm)

2,462

Payload (kg)

29,330

Height (mm)

2,695

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

34,000

40ft Pallet Wide External Dimensions

40ft Pallet Wide External Dimensions

Easily fit up to 20 pallets for safe and secure transport, or 40 pallets by adding our vertical load bars into our 40ft Pallet Wide container.

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48ft Pallet Wide Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

14,490

Length (mm)

14,630

Tare (kg)

6,280

Width (mm)

2,402

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

28,720

Height (mm)

2,781

Height (mm)

3,000

MGW (kg)

35,000

48ft Pallet Wide External Dimensions

48ft Pallet Wide External Dimensions

Easily fit up to 24 pallets for safe and secure transport, or 48 pallets by adding our vertical load bars into our 48ft Pallet Wide container.

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Side Opening Container Dimensions

Side opening containers make loading and unloading cargo a breeze. Various sizes are suited to different cargo types. SCF's mezzanine deck also enables operators to stack fragile without the risk of damage too.

20ft Double Side Door Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

5,970

Length (mm)

6,058

Tare (kg)

3,670

Width (mm)

2,400

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

30,330

Height (mm)

2,587

Height (mm)

2,896

MGW (kg)

34,000

20ft Double Side Door External Dimensions

20ft Double Side Door External Dimensions

Safely and efficiently load or unload our 20ft Side Opening Container from both sides. 

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40ft Half Height Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

12,086

Length (mm)

12,192

Tare (kg)

5,960

Width (mm)

1,197

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

24,520

Height (mm)

1,695

Height (mm)

2,050

MGW (kg)

30,480

40ft Half Height External Dimensions

40ft Half Height External Dimensions

SCF's 40ft Half Height Side Door Container makes it easy to load fragile pallets that cannot be stacked on top of each other from both sides.

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Curtain Side Containers

Curtain Side Containers provide side access for operators, who can easily, quickly and safely unload specific pallets. SCF's mezzanine deck enables double stacking of fragile palletised stock without the risk of damage.

40ft Curtain Side Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

12,056

Length (mm)

12,192

Tare (kg)

6,310

Width (mm)

2,412

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

25,750

Height (mm)

2,597

Height (mm)

3,000

MGW (kg)

32,000

40ft Curtain Side External Dimensions

40ft Curtain Side External Dimensions

SCF's 40ft Curtain Side Shipping Container makes it easy to load and unload goods quickly and safely. 

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48ft Curtain Side Container Dimensions

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

WEIGHT

Length (mm)

14,526

Length (mm)

14,630

Tare (kg)

7,950

Width (mm)

2,400

Width (mm)

2,500

Payload (kg)

24,050

Height (mm)

2,623

Height (mm)

2,997

MGW (kg)

32,000

48ft Curtain Side External Dimensions

48ft Curtain Side External Dimensions

SCF's 48ft Curtain Side Shipping Container makes it easy to load and unload goods quickly and safely. 

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