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Explore the Dimensions of a 40ft Shipping Container

Shipping containers are versatile and durable structures that are widely used in various industries such as shipping, construction, and architecture. These containers come in different sizes, shapes, and types to cater to different requirements. The 40ft shipping container is one of the most popular and widely used container sizes, known for its spacious interior and rugged construction. In this article, we will explore the dimensions of a 40ft shipping container, including its variations such as office container and high cube container.



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40ft Shipping container
L 12.19m x B 2.44m x H 2.59m
All prices are excl. GST

Dimensions of a 40ft Shipping Container

A standard 40ft shipping container has a length of 40ft (12.2 meters), a width of 8ft (2.44 meters), and a height of 8.5ft (2.59 meters). The interior dimensions of a 40ft container are slightly smaller, with a length of 39.5ft (12.03 meters), a width of 7.7ft (2.35 meters), and a height of 7.9ft (2.39 meters). The container has a total internal volume of 2,660 cubic feet (75.3 cubic meters) and a maximum payload capacity of 67,200 pounds (30,480 kilograms). The container's door opening is 7.6ft (2.28 meters) wide and 7.5ft (2.26 meters) high, providing ample space for loading and unloading cargo.

Office Container

Office containers are modified shipping containers designed to serve as temporary or permanent office spaces. A 40ft office container has the same dimensions as a standard 40ft shipping container but is fitted with additional features such as windows, insulation, and electrical fittings to make it suitable for office use. The interior of the container can be customized to create a comfortable and functional workspace. Office containers are an affordable and convenient option for businesses that require temporary or mobile office spaces. They are also environmentally friendly as they are repurposed from used shipping containers, reducing waste and saving resources.

High Cube Container

A high cube container is a type of shipping container that has an additional height of one foot (0.3 meters) compared to a standard container. A 40ft high cube container has a height of 9.5ft (2.89 meters) and a total internal volume of 2,700 cubic feet (76.5 cubic meters). The additional height makes the container suitable for transporting and storing bulky or oversized cargo that cannot fit in a standard container. High cube containers are also popular in the construction industry, where they are used to create modular structures such as offices, living quarters, and storage units.


The technical specs for the 40ft Shipping Container is as follows:

External dimensions
Length (mm): 12192
Width (mm): 2438
Height (mm): 2591

Internal dimensions
Length (mm): 12032
Width (mm): 2352
Height (mm): 2393

Door Opening dimensions
Width (mm): 2280
Height (mm): 2343

Tare (kg): 3740
Payload (kg): 26740
Max Gross Weight (kg): 30480


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