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The Comprehensive Guide to Shipping Container Dimensions

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Uploaded on Mon Aug 28

Welcome everyone to our current blog post. Today, we'll be talking about something essential yet often overlooked - shipping container dimensions. If you are planning to hire or buy a shipping container for personal use or your business operation, this guide is crucial for you.

Shipping containers come in various sizes and can be used for many applications, ranging from storage to building homes to transporting goods. They're durable, flexible, and eco-friendly. Understanding the specifications of shipping containers is key to making the right choice for your requirements.

Let's jump right in and take a look at some of the most commonly used containers and their dimensions.

Common Containers

40ft Shipping Container

The 40ft shipping container is a popular choice, offering ample space for storage or shipping needs. Upon reviewing the exact measurements:

Internal Dimensions:

  • Length: 12,032mm
  • Width: 2,352mm
  • Height: 2,393mm

External Dimensions:

  • Length: 12,192mm
  • Width: 2,438mm
  • Height: 2,591mm

Regarding the weight specifications, it's crucial to note that the 40ft container has a tare weight of 3,490kg, payload capacity of 26,990kg, and maximum gross weight (MGW) of 30,480kg.

20ft Shipping Container

Half the size of a 40ft container, the 20ft container remains a versatile option suited both for small business needs and personal use.

Internal Dimensions:

  • Length: 5,898mm
  • Width: 2,352mm
  • Height: 2,390mm

External Dimensions:

  • Length: 6,058mm
  • Width: 2,438mm
  • Height: 2,591mm

The 20ft container has a tare weight of 2,120kg, a payload capacity of 28,360kg, and MGW of 30,480kg.

10ft Shipping Container

If you need a compact storage solution, the 10ft shipping container might be the ideal fit.

Internal Dimensions:

  • Length: 2,831mm
  • Width: 2,350mm
  • Height: 2,390mm

External Dimensions:

  • Length: 2,991mm
  • Width: 2,438mm
  • Height: 2,591mm

The 10ft container has a tare weight of 1,300kg, a payload capacity of 8,860kg, and MGW of 10,160kg.

In addition to standard containers, you may also opt for high cube or dangerous goods variants, depending on your specific needs. For the dimensions and weight specifications of those, feel free to refer back to the lists provided above.

Rare Containers

Our inventory also includes some less common, but nonetheless practical, container sizes such as the 8ft and 6ft shipping containers.

8ft Shipping Container

The 8ft container is a compact option that's perfect for tight spaces.

Internal Dimensions:

  • Length: 2,290mm
  • Width: 2,110mm
  • Height: 2,060mm

External Dimensions:

  • Length: 2,440mm
  • Width: 2,260mm
  • Height: 2,260mm

This container has a tare weight of 950kg with a relatively hefty payload capacity of 5,050kg, making its MGW reach a total of 6,000kg.

6ft Shipping Container

Smallest in our lineup, the 6ft container provides excellent mobility and is perfect for very small storage needs.

Internal Dimensions:

  • Length: 1,670mm
  • Width: 1,845mm
  • Height: 1,730mm

External Dimensions:

  • Length: 1,825mm
  • Width: 1,875mm
  • Height: 1,920mm

This ultra-compact container has a tare weight of a measly 600kg, but unfortunately lacks specification for payload capacity and MGW.


Whether you're looking to buy or hire shipping containers for storage, moving, or building, knowing the exact dimensions of the container is essential. It helps in choosing a container that fits your space, your budget, and your transport needs.

We hope this comprehensive guide helps you make an informed decision. When you have chosen the perfect container for your needs, don't hesitate to consult our online store - we make purchasing or renting of containers smooth and easy!