Container Size – 20ft vs 40ft
There are two standard intermodal shipping container sizes in use throughout the world, 20ft and 40ft (see above).
Other common variations include the 40ft high-cube container and the 45ft high-cube container, along with all of the aforementioned being available as refrigerated containers.
For almost all international container moves, you’ll need either a 20ft or 40ft container. Let’s have a look at key stats for each type:
20ft Shipping Container
Suitable for: 1-2 bedroom moves or a car with only a few boxes.
Typical measurements: Size (LxWxH): 19′ 10.5″ x 8′ 0″ x 8′ 6″ (6.1m x 2.4m x 2.6m) Total internal volume: 1,169 ft³ (33.1 m³) Max laden weight: 44,800lbs (20.32 ktons)
40ft Shipping Container
Suitable for: 3-5 bedroom moves or a car plus a typical two bedroom move
Typical measurements: Size (LxWxH): 40′ 0″ x 8′ 0″ x 8′ 6″ (12.2m x 2.4m x 2.6m) Total internal volume: 2,385 ft³ (67.5 m³) Net shipping load: 55,125lbs (25 ktons)
Note: While a 40ft shipping container can typical hold about twice as much as a 20' container, the cost is usually only 50% more.
JNR Global Logistics specializes in overseas relocation and container shipping to and from Hawaii and more than 150 countries worldwide. We have helped many customers relocate from Hawaii to the mainland USA.