Storage Container Specifications

Basic dimensions and permissible gross weights of intermodal shipping containers are largely determined by two ISO standards:

  • ISO 668:2013 Series 1 freight containers—Classification, dimensions and ratings
  • ISO 1496-1:2013 Series 1 freight containers—Specification and testing—Part 1: General cargo containers for general purposes

Weights and dimensions of the most common standardized types of shipping containers are given below. Sizes vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but must stay within the tolerances dictated by the standards.  If you are renting shipping container storage make sure to verify the dimensions of your unit(s).

Empty weight (tare weight) is not determined by the standards, but by the container’s construction, and is therefore indicative, but necessary to calculate a net load figure, by subtracting it from the maximum permitted gross weight.

Shipping Container Storage Dimensions

What are the measurements for shipping containers for storage?

 20′ container40′ container40′ high-cube container45′ high-cube container
length19′ 10.5″6.058 m40′ 0″12.192 m40′ 0″12.192 m45′ 0″13.716 m
width8′ 0″2.438 m8′ 0″2.438 m8′ 0″2.438 m8′ 0″2.438 m
height8′ 6″2.591 m8′ 6″2.591 m9′ 6″2.896 m9′ 6″2.896 m
length19′ 3″5.867 m39′ 5 456412.032 m39′ 4″12.000 m44′ 4″13.556 m
width7′ 8 19322.352 m7′ 8 19322.352 m7′ 7″2.311 m7′ 8 19322.352 m
height7′ 9 57642.385 m7′ 9 57642.385 m8′ 9″2.650 m8′ 9 15162.698 m
door aperturewidth7′ 8 ⅛″2.343 m7′ 8 ⅛″2.343 m7′ 6″2.280 m7′ 8 ⅛″2.343 m
height7′ 5 ¾″2.280 m7′ 5 ¾″2.280 m8′ 5″2.560 m8′ 5 49642.585 m
internal volume1,169 ft³33.1 m³2,385 ft³67.5 m³2,660 ft³75.3 m³3,040 ft³86.1 m³
gross weight
66,139 lb30,400 kg66,139 lb30,400 kg68,008 lb30,848 kg66,139 lb30,400 kg
empty weight4,850 lb2,200 kg8,380 lb3,800 kg8,598 lb3,900 kg10,580 lb4,800 kg
net load61,289 lb28,200 kg57,759 lb26,200 kg58,598 lb26,580 kg55,559 lb25,600 kg