The 20ft and 40ft containers are the most commonly used containers for shipping. That makes them cheaper to buy than special container types.

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With the millions of commodities being shipped around the world each year, it can come as no surprise that the containers have sầu developed lớn keep up with the demvà. A demvà that leads to things in odd shapes & sizes needing lớn find a way inlớn a container.

Exactly because of the large demvà for containers, there is a need for special containers và standard containers. The standard containers must be easy to lớn stack in a way lớn save sầu space, khổng lồ streamline the logistics, and be able lớn handle many types of shipments.

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The đôi mươi and 40-foot containers are two of the most commonly used container types today. And in everyday life, you can hear them referred lớn as Conex boxes – the very container that kickstarted shipping as we now know it. The 20ft container, that is referred khổng lồ as the Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) has become the standard measurement reference. Now, the volume of cargo and the capađô thị on a vessel are often measured in TEU.

At the same time 40ft containers, which are the same as two TEUs, are known as the Forty-foot Equivalent Unit. Abbreviated FEU.

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The looks of 20ft & 40ft containers

The vast majority of containers are made of steel or aluminium. The containers need khổng lồ have sầu a standardized size, so they can be stacked most efficiently. Across the industry, the containers now have sầu lớn have sầu standard sizes mix by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The same goes for the 20ft và 40ft container types are also known as Dry Van. They’re called dry vans because they can carry most kinds of dry cargo. It can be everything from boxes, pallets, & barrels lớn for example clothes already hanging on the hangers. As well as anything in between.

You can customize the inside of the containers, so they accommodate most dry cargo. What can’t be changed, however, are the measurements of the containers. You can in the table below see the measurements of both the đôi mươi & 40ft container 👇

Measure20ft 40ft 
Internal length5.9m / 19.4ft12.03m / 39.5ft
Internal width2.35m / 7.8ft2.4m / 7.9ft
Internal height2.39m / 7.9ft2.39m / 7.9ft
Tare weight2,300kilogam / 5,071.5 lbs3,750kg / 8,268.8 lbs
Payload capacity25,000 kg / 55,126.9 lbs27,600kilogam / 61,200 lbs
Cubic capacity33.2 m3 / 1,172 cu ft67.7 m3 / 2,389 cu ft

Fit it all in

48,000 bananas. 200 full-sized mattresses. Or if you’re shipping electronics, 18,000 iPads can also be packed into lớn a 20-foot container. And with the 40-foot container, you can load it with double the amount.

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But, let’s look at the volume on a scale that might be a bit easier to relate lớn. Pallets!

We’ll start with the EU pallet, EUR. The European pallets have a dimension of 1.2 x 0.8m. In a 20ft container, you can fit 11 Euro pallets in – given that the cargo doesn’t hang over the sides. In a 40ft container, you will be able lớn staông xã 23-24 Euro pallets.

There’s also a standard pallet EUR2, which is 1.2 x 1m. Given that the cargo doesn’t hang over the sides, there can be between 10 và 11 pallets in a 20ft. And 20-21 pallets in a 40ft.

Last but not least, we have the North American standard pallet type. It has a dimension of 1.016m x 1.219m. You should be able to stack 10 American pallets in a 20ft container. And đôi mươi pallets in a 40ft.

Generally, the smarkiểm tra way khổng lồ load a container with pallets is lớn fit them in one row along the length of the container and another row along the width.

Trading 20ft và 40ft containers

20ft và 40ft containers are useful for many different types of commodities. On top of that, they save space on the vessels, as you can staông chồng them. That’s something that saves you money. So, if you’re looking lớn buy or sell containers, kiểm tra out the container trading platform at xChange!

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