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General Nathaniel Green, Quartermaster, American Revolutionary Army

Shipping Container Specifications

This shipping container specification information provides guidance on the main types of equipment used by shipping lines internationally.


It is important to note that there are some slight differences in the dimensions of shipping containers utilised between carriers so this information is to be used as a guide only. If you need further specific advice on the right type of container to utilise for your cargo please contact us.

If your cargo is too large to containerise then we can ship any heavy lift or oversize cargo via roll on roll off shipping services with Depth RoRo on rolltrailers.

For clients, the cargo capacity is the most critical consideration, they may sometimes need the external dimensions from a transport or loading perspective area perspective. For example does the loading area allow enough space for the doors to be opened? Please contact us if you require the external dimensions of any type of container.

The following explains how each internal measurement is taken:

  • Internal Width – measured from the two longest sides of the container on the inside
  • Internal Length – measured from the two shortest sides of the container on the inside.
  • Internal Height – measured from the floor level to the ceiling level of the container inside.
  • Door Opening Width – this is calculated from the inside right and left of the support frames, allowing for a narrow gap for the opening radius of the door.
  • Door Opening Height – this is calculated from the floor to underneath the horizontal cross support of the container or the top of the door opening, it is usually the same or less than the internal height. 

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