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Which container to use and dimension of different type of containers ?

Date : 11 Sept 2018



As an International Logistics service provider, we have seen various cases, where Exporters (especially first-time exporters) are not sure about container type and which container is suitable for their goods to move from one country to another country.

Understanding container type and their usage is one of the very important factor to consider in International Logistics, as cost of transportation varies drastically from one container to another container type.

Major available container types with shipping-lines are as under:

Monthly Savings
Container Type Recommended Usage
20'Standard General crago,which is on heavier side
40'Standard General crago,which is light and voluminous
40'Standard High-Cube General crago,which is light and voluminous
20'Reefer(RF) Temperature sensitive goods like meat,seafood,Fruits,Vegetables etc.
40'Reefer(RF) Temperature sensitive goods like meat,seafood,Fruits,Vegetables etc.
40'Reefer High-Cube(RF HC) Temperature sensitive goods like meat,seafood,Fruits,Vegetables etc.
20'Open-Top(OT) Heavy loads,ODC,construction equipment,building supplies, or machinery etc.
40'Open-Top(OT) Heavy loads,ODC,construction equipment,building supplies, or machinery etc.
40'Open-Top High-Cube(OT HC) Heavy loads,ODC,construction equipment,building supplies, or machinery etc.
40'Flat Rack(FR) Heavy loads,ODC,construction equipment,building supplies, or machinery etc.
40'Flat Rack High Cube(FR HC) Heavy loads,ODC,construction equipment,building supplies, or machinery etc.

Apart from above container types, different shipping-lines provide other containers also- like 10’ container, 45’ container, ISO Tanks etc.

Generic Dimensions of containers are as under:

Monthly Savings
20'Dry Container 40'Dry Container 40'High Cube Container
External Dimention(L x W x H) External Dimention(L x W x H) External Dimention(L x W x H)
20' x 8' x 8'.6" or 6 x 2.4 x 2.59m 40' x 8' x 8'.6" or 12 x 2.4 x 2.59m 40' x 8' x 9'.6" or 12 x 2.4 x 2.89m
Internal Dimention Internal Dimention Internal Dimention
Length 5,897 mm 19 ft. 4.17in Length 12,031 mm 39ft. 5.66in Length 12,031 mm 39ft. 5.66in
Width 2,348 mm 7ft. 8.44in Width 2,348 mm 7ft. 8.44in Width 2,348 mm 7ft. 8.44in
Height 2,385 mm 7ft 9.90in Height 2,385 mm 7ft 9.90in Height 2,690 mm 8ft. 9.91in
Door Opening Door Opening Door Opening
Width 2,377 mm 7ft. 8.01in Width 2,377 mm 7ft. 8.01in Width 2,377 mm 7ft. 8.01in
Height 2,272 mm 7ft. 5.45in Height 2,272 mm 7ft. 5.45in Height 2,577 mm 8ft. 5.46in

Monthly Savings
20'Reefer Container 40'Reefer Container 40' High Cube Reefer Container
External Dimention(L x W x H) External Dimention(L x W x H) External Dimention(L x W x H)
20' x 8' x 8'.6" or 6 x 2.4 x 2.59m 40' x 8' x 8'.6" or 12 x 2.4 x 2.59m 40' x 8' x 9'.6" or 12 x 2.4 x 2.89m
Internal Dimention Internal Dimention Internal Dimention
Length 5,455 mm 17 ft. 10.76in Length 11,554 mm 39ft. 10.88in Length 11,585 mm 39ft. 0.00in
Width 2,290 mm 7ft. 6.16in Width 2,286 mm 7ft. 6.00in Width 2,290 mm 7ft. 6.16in
Height 2,262 mm 7ft. 5.06in Height 2,216 mm 7ft. 3.24in Height 2,527 mm 8ft. 3.49in
Door Opening Door Opening Door Opening
Width 2,290 mm 7ft. 6.16in Width 2,286 mm 7ft. 6.00in Width 2,290 mm 7ft. 6.16in
Height 2,227 mm 7ft. 3.68in Height 2,182 mm 7ft. 1.91in Height 2,491 mm 8ft. 2.10in

Based on cargo type and its packaging, Exporter should plan the requirements associated with container. It’s always recommended to keep the buffer of few inches associated with dimensions, as entire cargo may not come during stuffing, if Exporter is considering dimensions of cargo and container same.

For more information and how you can plan your Exports in best possible manner, please send your enquiries to info@conboxlogistics.com or feel free to contact on +91 8424008786.



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