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Shipping Container Sizes

At a glance, shipping container sizes can seem quite confusing. However, determining what shipping container dimensions will suit your transportation or storage needs is actually easier than you might think.

10′ External 3.10 m (10′) 2.44 m (8′)  2.59 m (8′ 6”)
10′ Internal 2.98 m 2.35 m 2.38 m
20′ External 6.05 m (20′) 2.44 m (8′) 2.59 m (8′ 6”)
20′ Internal 5.90 m 2.35 m 2.38 m
40′ External 12.19 m (40′) 2.44 m (8′) 2.59 m (8′ 6”)
40′ Internal 12.01 m 2.35 m 2.38 m

Standard Shipping Container Sizes

 At U-Move Australia, our standard shipping container sizes include 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers. If 40 feet isn’t big enough, which is sometimes the case for commercial containers used in the mining and construction industries, you can super size your storage needs by adding additional containers (either side-by-side or stacked).

The internal size of your container will help you determine if your goods will fit in the container, while the external size is important for the location or surrounding area your container will be placed. With the outside area a few more things should be considered, like will the box be able to conveniently be picked up or moved around if needed? This means you’ll need to ensure there is ample space above and around the container.

How are External and Internal Shipping Container Measurements Determined?

 The external length should be measured from the farthest point along the longest side of the container.

The external width should be measured from the narrowest side (unless the container has been modified).

You can then measure the external height from the bottom of the frame to the top of the frame

To determine the internal measurements of a shipping container, and how much you can store or transport in it, the same steps can be taken as above, except from the inside of the container.

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