Containers come in different types and sizes. For example, there are different containers for air and sea freight. Are you looking for container dimensions? Do you know which containers you need for your specific shipments, for a certain number of pallets or for goods with different dimensions? We will be happy to provide you with professional advice on which container best meets your requirements.
What are the standard sizes and dimensions for containers?
A container is a standardized metal container used for transporting goods. From cars, electronics, building materials, raw materials and chemical products to food and pallets of various goods. Containers have the same standard international dimensions worldwide and can easily be transferred from ocean-going vessels to trains, trucks or barges.
TEU is the standard size of a container and stands for Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit. Typically, a container is:
20 feet (approximately 6 meters = 1 TEU);
40 feet (2 TEU = 1 FEU).
FEU stands for Forty Foot Equivalent Unit. In addition, there are also containers with different sizes. Besides TEUs and FEUs, there are also different types of containers. Below you will find the most important ones at a glance.
The standard: drying container
A standard container is made of steel and is designed for general cargo that is not too long, too wide, too high, too heavy or loose. We also call a standard container a "dry container".
Special dimensions: Flat Rack
Do you need to transport heavy cargo, excess height and / or transhipment freight? Then flat racks are best suited. Flat racks have collapsible end frames, lashing straps on the bottom rails and corner braces that protect the load with straps or chains.
Refrigerated container (reefer)
If a container is transporting temperature-sensitive products such as food, films, plants or pharmaceutical products, it is very important that the products remain at the correct temperature during transport. This is done in so-called refrigerated containers ("reefers"), which contain refrigeration units on the side of the container. Cold or warmer air then constantly circulates around the cargo. In this way, the quality of the cargo is guaranteed throughout the entire journey.
Open the top of the container
These containers do not have a fixed roof, but are covered with a waterproof tarpaulin tied with ropes. In addition, an open container has lashing rings inside to prevent the load from slipping. Well suited for overheight and / or long loads.
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