An intermodal container is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo. Intermodal containers are primarily used to store and transport materials and products efficiently and securely in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system, but smaller numbers are in regional use as well. These containers are known under a number of names, such as simply container, cargo or freight container, ISO container, shipping, sea or ocean container.

Intermodal containers exist in many types and a number of standardized sizes, but ninety percent of the global container fleet are so-called “dry freight” or “general purpose” containers, durable closed steel boxes, mostly of either twenty or forty foot (6 or 12m) standard length. The common heights are 2.6 m and 2.9 m – the latter are known as High Cube or Hi-Cube containers.

Below is listed most used container type dimensions and maximum capacity:

Standard Containers

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Standard containers

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:

 

19’4″ / 5.900m
7’8″ / 2.350m
7’10″ / 2.393m
7’8″ / 2.342m
7’6″ / 2.280m
1,172CuFt / 33.2CBM
4,916lbs / 2,230Kg
47,900lbs / 21,770Kg

 

39’5″ / 12.036m
7’8″ / 2.350m
7’10″ / 2.392m
7’8″ / 2.340m
7’6″ / 2.280m
2,390CuFt / 67.7CBM
8,160lbs / 3,700Kg
59,040lbs / 26,780Kg

 

Open Top Containers

Open Top Containers

Open Top Containers

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:
19’4″ / 5.894m
7’7″ / 2.311m
7’8″ / 2.354m
7’6″ / 2.286m
7’2″ / 2.184m
1,136CuFt / 32.23CBM
5,280lbs / 2,400Kg
47,620lbs / 21,600Kg

 

39’5″ / 12.028m
7’8″ / 2.350m
7’8″ / 2.345m
7’8″ / 2.341m
7’5″ / 2.274m
2,350CuFt / 65.5CBM
8,490lbs / 3,850Kg
58,710lbs / 26,630Kg

 

Flattrack Containers

Flattrack Container

Flattrack Container

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:
18’5″ / 5.620m
7’3″ / 2.200m
7’4″ / 2.233m
– / –
– / –
– / –
5,578lbs / 2,530Kg
47,333lbs / 21,470Kg

 

39’7″ / 12.080m
6’10″ / 2.438m
6’5″ / 2.103m
– / –
– / –
– / –
12,081lbs / 5,480Kg
85,800lbs / 39,000Kg

 

Flattrack Collapsible

Flattrack Collapsible

Flattrack Collapsible

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:
18’6″ / 5.618m
7’3″ / 2.208m
7’4″ / 2.233m
– / –
– / –
– / –
6,061lbs / 2 ,750Kg
61,117lbs / 17,730Kg

 

39’7″ / 12.080m
6’10″ / 2.126m
6’5″ / 2.043m
– / –
– / –
– / –
12,081lbs / 5,800Kg
85,800lbs / 39,000Kg

 

Platform Containers

Platform Containers

Platform Containers

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:
18’6″ / 5.618m
7’3″ / 2.208m
7’4″ / 2.233m
– / –
– / –
– / –
6,061lbs / 2 ,750Kg
61,117lbs / 17,730Kg

 

39’7″ / 12.080m
6’10″ / 2.126m
6’5″ / 2.043m
– / –
– / –
– / –
12,081lbs / 5,800Kg
85,800lbs / 39,000Kg

 

Reefer Containers

Reefer Containers

Reefer Containers

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:
18’6″ / 5.618m
7’3″ / 2.208m
7’4″ / 2.233m
– / –
– / –
– / –
6,061lbs / 2 ,750Kg
61,117lbs / 17,730Kg

 

39’7″ / 12.080m
6’10″ / 2.126m
6’5″ / 2.043m
– / –
– / –
– / –
12,081lbs / 5,800Kg
85,800lbs / 39,000Kg

 

High Cube Containers

High Cube Containers

High Cube Containers

Inside Length:
Inside Width:
Inside Height:
Door Width:
Door Height:
Capacity:
Tare Weight:
Maxi Cargo:
18’6″ / 5.618m
7’3″ / 2.208m
7’4″ / 2.233m
– / –
– / –
– / –
6,061lbs / 2 ,750Kg
61,117lbs / 17,730Kg

 

39’7″ / 12.080m
6’10″ / 2.126m
6’5″ / 2.043m
– / –
– / –
– / –
12,081lbs / 5,800Kg
85,800lbs / 39,000Kg