As we know, 20 & 40 footer general purpose or GP containers may sometimes be used by companies for transporting of goods or cargo. You may sometimes also need to know the dimensions of these containers in order to do some space planning or in order to know if these containers will fit into your industrial space without any issues. Let us have a look at what the external dimensions of these containers are like.
20 Footer Container
For 20 footer container, as its name suggest, it usually has a length of around 20 feet or around 6.058m, width of around 2.438m and height of around 2.591m.
20 Footer High Cube Container
As for 20 footer containers, there is also another type of 20 footer container called the 20 Footer High Cube Container where the dimensions are around the same as the 20 footer container except for its height. It’s length is around 20 feet or around 6.058m, width also around 2.438m and height around 2.896m (taller than the 20 footer container and hence its name high cube).
40 Footer Container
As for 40 footer container, as its name suggests, it usually has a length of around 40 feet or around 12.192m, width will be around 2.438m (same as the 20 footer container) and height will also be around 2.591m (also same as the 20 footer container).
40 Footer High Cube Container
There is also another type of 40 footer container called the 40 Footer High Cube Container where the dimensions are around the same as the 40 footer container except for its height. It’s length is around 40 feet or around 12.192m, width around 2.438m and height around 2.896m (which is taller than the 40 footer container, hence its name high cube).
Also, for high cube containers, you may need to ensure that when the containers are placed on the trailer, the vehicle clearance height of your premises is sufficient for the container trailer to clear safely and not hit the barrier, sprinkler systems, the lightings or the mechanical ventilation systems of the building. You may also need to ensure that the roller shutter dimensions are big enough for the containers to go in.
Other Types of Containers
Besides the most commonly used containers which are the 20 and 40 footer general purpose (GP) containers, there are also various other types of containers for transporting different types of goods such as the reefer containers, open top containers, flat rack containers or customised containers.
You may also want to check with the supplier on the actual dimensions of the container which you will be getting from as there may be different sources just to make sure that it will fit into your warehouse space.