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  • Large Shipping Containers

Also known as intermodal containers, sea containers or cargo containers, shipping containers are certainly one of the most important components of modern shipping – second only to the shipping vessel itself.

Like any other “container”, sea containers come in different shapes and sizes to cater to different storage and transportation needs.

The different types of cargo containers include reefers or refrigerated containers, open-top containers, open-side containers, bolster containers,  flat-rack containers and general purpose containers – which are the most common, making up 90% of the global container fleet.

Under the general-purpose category falls the high cube container; the star of this show.


High cube containers share most of their attributes with the regular general purpose shipping container i.e. width and lengths. The only aspect where they differ is the height.

High cube container dimensions are as follows:

20’ High Cube Container:

  • External Length: 6.06m
  • External Width: 2.44m
  • External Height: 2.90m
  • Interior Length: 5.90m
  • Interior Width: 2.35m
  • Interior Height: 2.70
  • Internal Volume: 37.44m3

40’ High Cube Container:

  • External Length: 12.19m
  • External Width: 2.44m
  • External Height: 2.90m
  • Interior Length: 12.00m
  • Interior Width: 2.35m
  • Interior Height: 2.70m
  • Internal Volume: 76.14m3

Although high cubes have similar dimensions to regular general purpose containers, they differ in height whereby high cube containers are 0.3m taller externally and 0.27m taller internally providing more headroom for taller cargo.

While high cube containers provide more storage capacity as compared to standard containers, it’s worth noting that the gross weight limit for the two containers is the same when shipping. This is, however, irrelevant if you are just using the container for storage.

Also similar to general purpose cargo containers, high cubes are made hardy, using high-quality steel to ensure that they can withstand the rough conditions of the sea.


Common features for high cube containers include:

  • Solid construction using high-quality steel.
  • Timber flooring.
  • Water and wind sealed double doors.
  • Doors that open the full 270 degrees.
  • A security lock box (this could be an optional feature sometimes)

Uses for high cube shipping containers

Apart from the obvious use – shipping – high cube containers are also ideal for:

  1. Modifications. High cube sea containers are perfect for repurpose modifications. They can easily be turned into offices, sheds, granny flats, restaurants, kitchens, homes and so much more. What’s more is that these modular structures can be stacked to create more spacious structures. The taller containers make higher-ceilinged structures which enhance air circulation and comfort for occupants.
  2. Storage. High cubes provide a few cubic meters more for goods storage as compared to regular cargo containers. They do this without increasing the footprint of the container’s base.
  3. On-site storage:  Because high cube containers are robust, secure, and extra roomy, they are ideal for onsite storage of tools and equipment.
  4. Vehicle storage: These containers are suitable for vehicle storage especially where the vehicle being stored requires additional headroom.

Are you looking for a high cube shipping container for your next project? Well, look no further. At Tiger Containers, we provide new and used high cube shipping containers at unbeatable prices.

We’ll also help you make the modifications you require! Give us a call for a free quote: 1800 072 039.

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