Shipping containers are designed and constructed for freight transportation, which means they may be utilized across several modes of transport (from ship to rail to truck) without having to unload and reload your goods.

What Is A Standard Container?

Standard containers are also known as general-purpose containers. They are closed containers, which means that they are sealed on all sides.

The following sorts of standard containers can be distinguished:

  1. Containers with one or both ends having doors (s)
  2. Containers that have doors at one or both ends and doors that run the whole length of one or both sides.
  3. Containers with doors at one or both ends and on one or both sides.

What Are The Sizes?

The "International Standardization for Organization" or "ISO" gives the standard measurement for containers. Commonly, standard containers measure up to 8ft (2.43m) wide, and 8.5ft (2.59m) high.

It has a variety of sizes but the most common one comes in two lengths; 20ft (6.06m) and 40ft (12.2m). Its frame is 6m long, 2.4m wide, and between 2.4m and 2.5m high.

Measure 20FT Container
Internal height 2390mm
Internal length 6010mm
Internal width 2340mm


Measure 40FT Container
Internal height 2390mm
Internal length 12110mm
Internal width 2390mm


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What Is The Allowed Content Weights?

The tare weight, gross weight, and payload are the three primary weights. When the container is in service or before it is repainted for another application, these are painted on the outside of the container doors.

The container tare weight is the container's weight without freight or contents.

The container's gross weight is the weight of the container plus the maximum payload it can hold, i.e. the container's maximum total weight.

Measure 20FT Container
Tare Weight 2050 kg
Max Gross Weight 30480 kg
Pay Load (Net Weight) 28430 kg


Measure 40FT Container
Tare Weight 3750 kg
Max Gross Weigh 30400 kg
Pay Load (Net Weight) 26730 kg

Why Should You Use A Standard Container?

If you work in logistics or supply chain, you know how chaotic and unreliable the sector can be. Supply and demand cannot be regulated. But it must still be continued. Consider sorting, loading, and transferring containers of all sorts and sizes on top of one another! Didn't you hate the thought? As a result, having a consistent size simplifies the procedure. After all, ISO standard shipping containers are the same size in any nation.

What Are The Advantages?

The standard shipping container consists of fine-quality aluminum or metal which makes the container long-lasting and trustworthy for safety.

With its durability, you can use it often without worrying about the welfare of your cargo that's why it is favored by many. Not only that, but these containers also offer more affordable shipping rates than other types of containers.

The floor is commonly composed of wood, either planks or plywood. Although wood is rather expensive, it has significant benefits over other materials: it is sturdy and durable, does not dent, can be quickly replaced during repairs, and has a suitable coefficient of friction when properly treated, which is vital for cargo securing.

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What Are The Disadvantages?

However, keep in mind that these containers are not insulated and do not include temperature control sensors. This implies they can only be used to transport dry products and not wet or perishable commodities.

How Standard Containers Can Benefit You Compared To Other Containers?

When purchasing or renting a shipping container, you will have the option of a standard or a high cube. When comparing the two units, they may appear to be the same, yet each has its own set of advantages. A standard 40' container is the most often used and widely available.

Additionally, a standard container will be cheaper than a high cube container. The high cube container, on the other hand, is utilized in practically every business that carries and stores cargo, but it is especially useful for transferring higher freight or requiring the use of a forklift due to the greater vertical space. It can be useful to have an extra foot for a forklift to transport products around.

What Are The Benefits Of Standard Container Shipping Compared To Airfreight?

When deciding whether air freight or ocean shipping is the best option to fulfill your current transportation demands, keep the following factors in mind. It may appear that standard container shipping is usually less expensive than air freight, you must first know how each is priced. Standard shipping is usually much less expensive for huge, heavy cargo. However, when shipment sizes decrease, so does the margin between airfreight and ocean pricing.


Choosing the best delivery method is important for many businesses because they desire the perfect balance of safety, low cost, capacity, and efficiency. You have the most efficient delivery option by using container shipment, which allows you to move large amounts of goods in a shorter length of time.

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