What are Standard Shipping Container Dimensions?

In this article you can read all about the dimensions of shipping containers. Shipping containers come in a variety of sizes and are used for many different purposes. Because of their popularity, these containers must be ISO certified to guarantee that each container will meet the size requirements and durability to allow them to be stacked safely. Read
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What is ISO Certification?

ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization and they are an independent, non-governmental international organization that works to ensure the quality, and safety of products, and services.

As such, all shipping container dimensions need to meet these specific measurements and requirements. 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification establishes credibility and trust within consumers, stakeholders and other business partners.

Each container we sell meets ISO Certification. 

What are the dimensions of a shipping container?

Shipping & storage containers come in a variety of sizes which range from 10 feet all the way up to 40 foot high cube. Since containers are used for different purposes, having a few options is always a good thing. 

The chart below shows the variety of container sizes, both internal and external measurements.

What are the dimensions of a 40ft shipping container?

The 40ft shipping container dimensions, following ISO guidelines, will measure 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’6” high on the exterior. Their interior dimensions are 3’6” long x 7’6” wide x 7’10” high. They have a tare weight of about 8,380lbs and roughly 300sq ft of storage capacity. 

What are the dimensions of a 20ft shipping container?

The standard 20ft shipping container dimensions, following ISO guidelines, will measure 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8’6” high on the exterior. Their interior dimensions are 19’6” long x 7’6” wide x 7’6” high. They have a tare weight of about 5,071lbs and roughly 146sq ft of storage capacity. 

What are the dimensions of a high cube container?

High cube shipping container dimensions, following ISO guidelines, will have the following measurements: either 20 or 40 feet in length, a width of 8 feet and a height of 8’8”.

What is the width of a shipping container?

Standard shipping containers that meet ISO Certification will measure 8 feet wide externally and 7.6 feet internally. 

What is the height of a shipping container?

Standard shipping containers that meet ISO Certification will measure 7.6 feet high for standard sizes and 8.8 feet high for high cube containers. 

What are the inside dimensions of a shipping container?

Shipping containers with ISO Certification will have the following internal dimensions:

  • 10ft Container: 9’2” x 7’6”
  • 20ft Container: 19’4” x 7’6”
  • 20ft High Cube Container: 19’4” 7’6” x 8’8”
  • 40ft Container: 39’6” x 7’6” x 7’6”
  • 40ft High Cube Container: 39’6” x 7’6” x 8’8”

Container SizeExterior DimensionsInterior DimensionsSq FootageDoor SizeContainer Weight
20ft Container20’ x 8’ x 8’6”19’4” x 7’6”146sq ft7’8” x 7’6”4,914 lbs
40ft Container40’ x 8’ x 8’6”39’6” x 7’6” x 7’6”300sq ft7’8” x 7’6”8,380 lbs
40ft High Cube40’ x 8’ x 9’6”39’6” x 7’6” x 8’8”300sq ft7’8” x 8’6”8,598 lbs