About The Industry


Dry Cargo Containers

Although the size and construction design of containers has been standardized, there can be unit variations within each size and type category and by container owner or operator. For example, two 40-foot dry cargo containers could look the same on the outside but might have different cargo handling capacity on the inside because one container was constructed for handling general cargo loaded onto pallets and the other container was constructed to handle garments on hangers so they can be easily off-loaded and placed immediately on the sales floor at your local clothing store.

Below are the specifications for the most commonly used dry cargo container types. This is provided as general information only and is not a shipping guideline. Specific dimensions and cargo handling capacity of a particular unit should be verified with the company that provides the container.


Dry Cargo Containers

Size Door Openings*
mm
feet/inches
Internal Dimensions*
mm
feet/inches
Volume*
m3
cubic feet
Feet/inches Width Height Length Width Height Capacity
20 standard
20' X 8' X 8'6"
2.340
7' 8"
2.274
7' 6"
5.896
19' 4"
2.350
7' 8"
2.393
7' 10"
33
1,170
40 standard
40' X 8' X 8'6"
2.340
7' 8"
2.274
7' 6"
12.032
39' 6"
2.350
7' 8"
2.392
7' 10"
67
2,390
40 High
40' X 8' X 9'6"
2.640
7' 8"
2.577
8' 6"
12.032
39' 6"
2.350
7' 8"
2.697
8' 10"
76
2,700
45 High
45' X 8' X 9'6"
2.340
7' 8"
2.584
8' 5"
13.556
44' 6"
2.347
7' 8"
2.696
8' 10"
86
3,055

* General description – dimensions vary by specific units.