The 40ft shipping container is the largest standard sized shipping container available.
It is double the size of the 20ft container and is the second most popular container for shipping – after its smaller counterpart.
The 40ft container’s technical specifications are as follows:
- Tare Weight: 3,660kg (or 3,890kg for high cubes)
- External length: 12.19m
- External width: 2.44m
- External height: 2.59m (or 2.90m for high cubes)
- Internal length: 12.03m
- Internal width: 2.35m
- Internal height: 2.39m (or 2.650m for high cubes) )
- Capacity: 67.5m3
- Payload: 26 300kg (approx.)
- Laden weight: 30 500kg
All our 40ft cargo containers feature:
- High-quality steel construction with corrugated walls.
- Heavy duty marine flooring.
- Doors that open the whole 270 degrees.
- Multiple lashing points for securing cargo.
- Forklift pockets for easy transportation.
For shipping, the maximum allowed weight of a loaded 40ft container is capped at around 30,000kg – similar to that of a 20ft shipping container. This cap, however, does not apply to containers meant to be used for storage only.
40ft container Uses & Variations
40ft high cube container
This version is slightly taller than the standard 40ft container and is designed to offer more headroom for tall cargo. All other characteristics are similar to those of the standard sized version.
40ft open top container
This type of container features an open roof usually covered with a removable heavy-duty canvas. Open tops are designed to transport extra tall cargo that can’t fit in a high cube.
These containers are ideal for shipping goods – it’s their primary use, and they are good at it. Their robust construction protects goods from theft, vermin, the elements and physical damage. The 40ft container is especially ideal for transporting low-density and bulky items helping reduce shipping expenses.
This container will provide a lot of room for you to store your items. You can store almost anything in these units including motor vehicles, documents, sporting equipment, machinery, tools and more.
Sea containers can be converted into numerous structures for non-shipping purposes. These containers can be converted into offices, garages, accommodation, cafes, pop-up shops, swimming pools and much more.