Shipping Container Types, Sizes, and Dimensions

Ready to Get Started?

Ship your cargo in transparent and cost-effective way with us, a Haulage expert from Port Klang.
Get Started

Understanding the differences between 20ft and 40ft Containers
Shipping containers are versatile and cost-effective, making them increasingly popular in various industries for storage, transportation of goods, housing, and even as pop-up shops. With the growth of international trade, demand for shipping containers has surged. However, it’s essential to choose the right size container for specific needs.

Based on Grab Haulier extensive experience dealing with our clients, the two main sizes are the 20ft and 40ft shipping containers, and they come with different specifications in terms of payload, storage capacity, and weight limitations. In this article, we would like to share about the most commonly used containers with our audience.

Key Differences between 20ft vs 40ft Standard Containers

20ft vs 40ft Container Differences

Standard Container Size Comparison
20ft Container
Dimensions: 5.9m (L) x 2.35m (W) x 2.39 (H)
Tare Weight: 2,300 kg
Maximum Gross Weight: 25,400 kg

40ft Container 
Dimensions: 12m (L) x 2.35m (W) x 2.39 (H)
Tare Weight: 3,750 kg
Maximum Gross Weight: 26,300 kg

Grab Haulier Haulage Service
Key Differences between 20ft vs 40ft High Cube Containers

20ft and 40ft High Cube Container Differences
High Cube Containers are taller than Standard Shipping Containers, providing greater storage space for items like furniture and machinery. To identify a High Cube Container, look for the “Zebra Line” label on the top left and right corners. This label helps port operators recognize the container type and efficiently handle it with cranes and RTGs.

High Cube (HC) Container Size Comparison
20ft HC Container
Dimensions: 5.9m (L) x 2.4m (W) x 2.7m (H)
Tare Weight: 2,315 kg
Maximum Gross Weight: 30,480 kg

40ft HC Container 
Dimensions: 12m (L) x 2.4m (W) x 2.7m (H)
Tare Weight: 3,940 kg
Maximum Gross Weight: 32,500 kg

Other Types of Shipping Containers You Should Know

20' vs 40' Container

Open Top Container, Flat Rack Container, ISO Tank

For information about Haulage Services in Port Klang, look no further than Grab Haulier. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Grab Haulier website to stay up-to-date on informative and useful content in the future. Don’t forget to give us a “Like” and share with your friends.