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When it comes to the transport of goods, container shipping is the most economical way. Kuehne+Nagel provides you access to the wide range of standard and special container types of all cooperating carriers.

Containers vary in dimension, weight and design features. Here you will find an overview of the different types of containers to help you identify the right container for your goods.

What is the standard size of a shipping container?

20-foot and 40-foot containers are the most common container sizes (outer dimension).

What are the different types of containers?

Please note: There might be differences, e.g. in dimension and weight, depending on the chosen carrier, as containers vary based on their manufacturer. Please contact us should you have special equipment-related requirements for your shipment.

General purpose / Standard container

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • These standard containers are suitable for any general cargo, mostly packed in euro pallets or in boxes, such as toys or technical devices
  • They have various lashing devices on the top and bottom longitudinal rails and corner post

Standard container 20'

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
19‘4“7‘8“7‘10“7‘8“7‘6“1,172 Cft4,916 Lbs47,900 Lbs
5.900 m2.350 m2.393 m2.342 m2.280 m33,2 Cu.m2,230 Kgs21,770 Kgs

 

Standard container 40'

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
39‘5“7‘8“7‘10“7‘8“7‘6“2,390 Cft8,160 Lbs59,040 Lbs
12.036 m2.350 m2.392 m2.340 m2.280 m67,7 Cu.m3,700 Kgs26,780 Kgs

 

Standard container 40' HC (High cube)

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
39‘5“7‘8“8‘10“7‘8“8‘5“2,694 Cft8,750 Lbs58,450 Lbs
12.010 m2.330 m2.690 m2.330 m2.560 m76,28 Cu.m3,968 Kgs26,512 Kgs

 


Open top container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’
  • Open top containers have a removable tarpaulin, making them the best option for overheight cargo
  • Loading is possible either from top side or door side

Open top 20'

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
19‘4“7‘7“7‘8“7‘6“7‘2“1,136 Cft5,280 Lbs47,620 Lbs
5.894 m2.311 m2.354 m2.286 m2.184 m33,23 Cu.m2,400 Kgs21,600 Kgs

 

Open top 40'

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
39‘5“7‘8“7‘8“7‘8“7‘5“2,350 Cft8,490 Lbs58,710 Lbs
12.028 m2.350 m2.315 m2.341 m2.274 m55,5 Cu.m3,850 Kgs26,680 Kgs

 


Flat rack

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • Especially suitable for heavy loads and oversized cargo that do not fit into a standard container, such as construction equipment or heavy machinery

Flat rack 20'

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
18‘5“7‘3“7‘4“---5,578 Lbs47,333 Lbs
5.620 m2.200 m2.233 m---2,530 Kgs21,470 Kgs

 

Flat rack 40'

Inside LengthInside WidthInside HeightDoor WidthDoor HeightCapacityTare WeightMaxi Cargo
39‘7“6‘10“6‘5“---12,081 Lbs85,800 Lbs
12.080 m2.438 m2.103 m---5,480 Kgs39,000 Kgs

 

Refrigerated container

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • These containers do have their own electrically operated cooling/heating unit
  • Ideal for shipping fruit and vegetables on long distances
  • Click here for more information about reefer logistics 

Further special containers

Platform container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’
  • This container is a platform without side and end-walls
  • An ideal solution for heavy loads and oversized cargo when the use of a flat rack or open top container is not possible

Ventilated container

  • 1 size (in feet): 20’
  • Especially for cargo which needs ventilation, like the transport of cacao beans or coffee beans

Hardtop container

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • Equipped with a removable steel roof
  • Loading through roof opening and doorway
  • Ideal for heavy loads that need to be loaded through the roof or doors using a forklift

Insulated container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ or 40’
  • These containers do not have their own cooling facility
  • The cooling/heat is supplied by an on-board Conair plant, by the terminal or by a “clip-on” reefer unit

Flexi Tank container

  • 1 size (in feet): 20’
  • They are one of the most effective transportation methods for bulk cargo
  • Especially designed for the transport of liquid food, e.g. alcohols, fruit juices, edible oils

If you transport your goods with Kuehne+Nagel, you have access to our extensive network and all equipment types offered by the cooperating carriers. Contact us now to find the right shipping solution for you.

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