Container Sizes and Dimensions – All Types

Below article is based on readers requests that I cover the various container sizes and dimensions and the various types of containers including their dimensions (have covered the specials in http://shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/11/04/article-5-special-containers-its-cargoes-oogreefer/)..

The major container types are :

  • Dry or Dry Van (DV) or General Purpose (GP) – 20′, 40′ – general containers that doesn’t have any special features and used to load normal general cargo
  • High Cube (HC or HQ) – 40′ and in a few countries 20′ as well – containers that are taller than a GP by 1 feet and used in cases where customers require a slightly bigger volume capacity
  • Open Top (OT) – 20′, 40′ – Refer to the detailed explanation in my article Special Containers & its Cargoes – OOG/Reefer
  • Refrigerated (RF) – 40′, 20′ (although some shipping lines are phasing out the 20′ RF) – Refer to the detailed explanation in my article Special Containers & its Cargoes – OOG/Reefer
  • Flatrack (FR), Platform or Collapsible Flatrack (PL, COFL) – 40′, 20′ – Refer to the detailed explanation in my article Special Containers & its Cargoes – OOG/Reefer
  • Tank (TK) – 20′ – Specialised containers that are designed to carry liquid cargoes

 

You can download the dimensions of the container here.. Please note that these are general guidelines and each shipping line has a slight variation of the dims..

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12 comments on “Container Sizes and Dimensions – All Types

  1. It has always been great reading your articles. I am a student of shipping in Kenya and your articles have been helping me to understand this field well.

    1. Glad to be of assistance Stephen.. 🙂

  2. Prashant Roy says:

    Hi Hariesh,

    Just love the website & your blogs. Immensely informative and helpful.

    It would have helped if you had given the Internal, External and Door dimensions of each of these containers along with these diagrams. Also the tare and laden weight would be very informative.

    What is the difference between a General purpose container and a Hard Top Container ?

    Do Reefer containers also come in High Cube versions ?

    Is a 20″ High Cube GP Container also available?

    Is there a restriction on the laden weight on the Flat bed Containers ?

    Thanks & God bless.

  3. ELHAM says:

    could you please tell what is the dimension of the single hang container?
    thanks.

  4. ELHAM says:

    could you please tell what is the dimension of the single hang container?
    thanks.

  5. Trini Sario says:

    Awesome. Thanks a lot! 🙂

    1. altrin prathap says:

      your article is very good.iam the the student of iil now pursuing my mba shiiping and logistics.it helps me to understood all the types of cantainers and its size and dimension.

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