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20ft Containers

Standard 20ft Container Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • Square Feet: 160 sq ft (14.86m2)
  • External Dimensions (feet): 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ 6” high
  • External Dimensions (meters): 6.06 m long x 2.44 m wide x 2.60 m high

Interior Dimensions

  • Square Feet: 146 sq ft (13.56m2)
  • Internal Dimensions (feet): 19’ 4” long x 7’ 9” wide x 7’ 10” high
  • Internal Dimensions (meters): 5.9 m long x 2.35 m wide x 2.39 m high
  • Door width (feet): 7 ft 9 in
  • Door Width (meters): 2.34 m
  • Door height (feet): 7 ft 6 in
  • Door height (meters): 2.28 m

VOLUME/WEIGHT

  • Volume: 1,172 cubic feet (33.2 cubic meters)
  • Weight: It has a tare weight of 5,070 lbs. (2300 kg) - a maximum payload weight (max cargo weight) of 55,126.9 lbs. (25,000 kg) - a maximum gross weight of 60,197 lbs. (27,305 kg).

 

Benefits and Common uses of 20-foot steel shipping containers

A 20-foot shipping container is an affordable option for your stage or import needs. What's more, as one of the most commonly used shipping containers, you will be spoiled for choice once you decide to purchase it.

The 20ft container can be used for a whide range of functions including storage, shipping, and conversion into restaurants, office space, family homes, and Airbnb.

The standard 20ft shipping container is portable, relocatable, and can fit into most vacant positions without size adjustments.

 

 

How much can you fit inside a 20ft container?

A 20ft container can hold between 25-28 CBM worth of goods. Its capacity to hold goods is significantly dependent on the nature of goods since some commodities cannot be stacked up and some boxes may be too large to fit efficiently. You can load up to 15000kg without experiencing a weight surcharge.

 

What's the maximum load for a 20ft shipping container?

The unloaded weight of a 20-foot shipping container stands at 2,300kg. In theory, it can be loaded to maximum weight of 28 tons (25,400kg). However, this also depends on the nature of the cargo as discussed above, existing restrictions or limitation of the shipping line, and specific shipment details.

 

How many pallets can fit into a 20-foot Container?

  • If using the container for logistical purposes, you will need to have some sturdy boxes, buble wrap, and packing peanuts. Pack breakable items in bubble wrap or newspapers and then surround them with packing peanuts to protect them.
  • Full-Capacity loading is wishful thinking. It is impossible to fully load your container until there's no more space left. Hence, don't overestimate how much you can load up.
  • Pack your items as tightly as possible. You can achieve this by placing boxes with heavy items around those with lighter or breakable items to prevent the tossing and turning that occurs during transportation.
  • Use standardized platforms such as pallets to load your shipping container. This will ease the loading and unloading process.
  • Pack up your container using the "heavy ones first" approach, This simply means you stack up your container by first loading up heavier items like furniture before packing up lighter ones.
  • Ensure to pack up the heavier boxes at the base of your container and the fragile and lighter ones at the top to prevent damage during transit.
  • Avoid packing items such as spray cans, guns, perishable food items, plants, seeds, and flammable rems into your shipping container.

 

WHAT TYPES OF 20 FT SHIPPING CONTAINERS CAN I PURCHASE?

ONE-TRIP

A one-trip shipping container has only made one trip across the ocean. Hence, you are likely to receive it in pristine condition. They may be relatively costly but are often worth their cost!

 

FAQ

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL LENGTH OF A 20FT CONTAINER?

The interior dimensions of a standard 20 ft container are 19 ft 4 in long by 7ft 10 in high by 7ft 9 in wide.

 

WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF A 20FT HC CONTAINER?

A 20 ft HC container has a capacity of 1,320 cubic feet which translates to 37.4 cubic meters.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP A 20FT CONTAINER?

The cost of shipping a 20-foot container internationally is dependent on several factors such as the destination of the container and the nature of its contents. A rough estimate lies somewhere between $1200 and $6000.

 

WHAT FITS IN A 20 FT CONTAINER?

A 20 ft container can hold the contents of a one or two-bedroom apartment, a standard passenger vehicle, or a standard one-car garage. However, how much a 20 ft container can hold greatly depends on the nature of the cargo being loaded into the container.