Shipping Container Dimensions

If you are looking to purchase a twenty foot container what are the precise shipping container dimensions?

Firstly, container sizes do vary slightly as there are various shipping container manufacturers, and all will have slight differences. Even within one supplier suggested tolerances are 3/8 “ or 10mm + or -.

Therefore the below dimensions for 20 ft containers should be used a guide only. You should be able to get exact measurements from the actual manufacturer once you know which brand of container your are buying.

Types of 20ft Containers

There are a couple of variations on a standard 'general purpose container'.

You can get a

  • high cube - sometimes displayed as a HC or HQ container, with an extra foot of height,
  • hard top - for extra heavy loads, and
  • open top - without a roof, for loads that need to be craned in from above
  • other variations - refrigerated, platform and tank containers - not used for building applications


A standard 20' container or high cube are the most popular containers for building and will as standard have the following features:

  • one set of doors at one end of the container, which open outwards
  • a steel or wooden floor - the wooden floor may need to be removed depending on which chemicals it has been treated with
  • lashing points on each corner to fit containers together, lift by crane or to secure a container within a space


shipping container dimensions


Dimensions 20ft Container

Internal Dimensions*

Metric

Length  5.886m

Width  2.342m

Height  2.388m

Imperial

19'3 3/4"

7'8 1/8"

7'10"

External Dimensions*

Metric

Length  6.096m

Width  2.438m

Height  2.501m

Imperial

20'

8'

8'6"


Dimensions 20ft High Cube Container

Internal Dimensions*

Metric

Length  5.886m

Width  2.342m

Height  2.697m

Imperial

19'3 3/4"

7'8 1/8"

8'10 1/8"

External Dimensions*

Metric

Length  6.096m

Width  2.438m

Height  2.895m

Imperial

20'

8'

9'6"


*Note - These shipping container dimensions should give you a starting point for designing your shipping container conversion, but please get exact measurements once you have your container, or from the specific manufacturer.



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