General Purpose Containers

General purpose containers (also known as standard containers and dry cargo containers) are the most common type of freight container and are available in a range of sizes the most popular being 20’ or 40’ containers. These containers are closed containers i.e. they are closed on all sides, but a distinction may be drawn between the following types of general purpose containers:
Standard container with doors at one or both end(s)
Standard containers with doors at one or both end(s) and doors over the entire length of one or both sides
Standard containers with doors at one or both end(s) and doors on one or both sides

In addition to the common 20’ / 40’ containers, general purpose containers are also available in the following sizes: 8’, 10’ and 45’ although the container sizes smaller than 20’ are seldom used for the transportation of freight.

General Purpose Container Specifications

Specifications for 20′ and 40′ General Purpose Cargo Containers

20′ Standard Container 40′ Standard Container
Max. Gross Weight 30,480kg (67,200 lb) 32,500 kg (71,650 lb)
Tare Weight 2,220 kg (4,890 lb) 3,720 kg (8,200 lb)
Payload 28,260 kg (62,310 lb) 28,780 kg (63,450 lb)
External Dimensions:
Length 6,058 mm (19′-10″) 2,192 mm (40′-0″)
Width 2,438 mm (8′-0″) 2,438 mm (8′-0″)
Height 2,591mm (8′-6″) 2,591 mm (8′-6″)
Internal Dimensions:
Length 5,898 mm (19′-2″) 12,032 mm (39′-1″)
Width 2,352 mm (7′-6″) 2,352 mm (7′-6″)
Height 2,393 mm (7′-8″) 2,393 mm (7′-8″)
Door Opening:
Width 2,352 mm (7′-6″) 2,352 mm (7′-6″)
Height 2,280 mm (7′-4″) 2,280mm (7′-4″)
Cube:
Cubic Capacity 33.2m3 (1,170 ft.3) 67.7 m3 (2,390 ft.30