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typical iso shipping container dimensions

Shipping container dimensions are restricted by ISO and other regulations including maximum road lengths, widths and heights. 

 

Here are some of the most common shipping and storage container sizes:

ISO/CSC Shipping and storage containers
Length: Almost all containers are 20' or 40' (6m/12m) with very few 10' (3m), 30' (9m) and 45' (13.6m)
Width: 8' (2.45m) is standard though in Europe there are a few that are pallet width = 2.50m
Height: Standard 8'6" (2.59m) and High Cube 9'6" (2.90m) are normal
Storage containers (normally without CSC)
There are smaller sizes than 10' (3m) and these typically have lower heights and widths than ISO standard dimensions
There are also non-ISO lengths between 10' and 40' featuring ISO standard heights/widths
USA domestic containers
Dimensions of these are suited to US intermmodal regulations. These containers are too long for use in EU

ISO/CSC Shipping and storage containers

Length: Almost all containers are 20' or 40' (6m/12m) with very few 10' (3m), 30' (9m) and 45' (13.6m)

Width: 8' (2.45m) is standard though in Europe there are a few that are pallet width = 2.50m

Height: Standard 8'6" (2.59m) and High Cube 9'6" (2.90m) are normal

Storage containers (normally without CSC)

There are smaller sizes than 10' (3m) and these typically have lower heights and widths than ISO standard dimensions

There are also non-ISO lengths between 10' and 40' featuring ISO standard heights/widths

USA domestic containers

Dimensions of these are suited to US intermmodal regulations. These containers are too long for use in EU

EU/UK pallets
Pallet sizes are awkward for shipping and storage containers and need to be placed as above.

EU/UK pallets

Pallet sizes are awkward for shipping and storage containers and need to be placed as above.

Internal dimensions - pallet count - floor area and cubic capacity
These are typical dimensions. Actual dimensions vary due to varying designs, manufacturing and damage tolerances.

Internal dimensions - pallet count - floor area and cubic capacity

These are typical dimensions. Actual dimensions vary due to varying designs, manufacturing and damage tolerances.