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/ 25/02/2020

Standard size of containers

A container is an international transport vehicle, so its design always adheres to a certain standard. In this article, we will explore the standard container size, length and height of the container
General standard of Container
According to the definition of the international transportation association, a container is a multi-modal transportation system that uses ISO-standard containers to be able to arrange on container ships, rail cars, and specialized trucks. . According to the “ISO 18185: 2006” standard, a container of cargo is a transport tool with the following characteristics:- Sustainable and durable enough to reuse many times.

– Be fitted with equipment that allows convenient loading and unloading, especially when transferring from one mode of transport to another mode of transport.

– Specially designed to be able to carry goods by one or many different modes of transport (trains, trains, specialized trucks) without having to unload and close along the way.
– Designed for easy loading and unloading of containers.

Standard size, length and height of the container

Containers come in many types, and sizes vary by unit of manufacture. However, due to the need for standardization to be used globally, container sizes and symbols are often adopted by ISO standards. According to ISO 668: 1995 (E), ISO containers all have a width of 2,438m (8ft).

+ About height, currently mainly used 2 types: normal and high. The containers are typically 8 feet 6 inches tall (8’6 ”), and the tall ones are 9 feet 6 inches tall (9’6”). How to call normal containers, high containers are only customary. In the past, people called the 8 feet tall container, but nowadays this type is not used much anymore, instead, containers usually have a height of 8’6”.

+ In terms of length, 40 ‘container is taken as standard. The shorter containers have a calculated length so that they can be stacked to be placed under 40 ‘containers and still have a 3 inch gap in the middle. For example 2 containers 20 ‘will fit under 1 container 40’ with the gap between these 2 containers 20 ‘is 3 inches. For this reason, the 20 ‘container is only approximately 20 feet long (exactly 1.5 inches missing).

Below are standard sizes, lengths, heights of common common containers and reefer containers:

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