Containers

Here you will find an overview of the most popular shipping containers and reefers, incl. dimensions, volumes and maximum load (standard values). Unlike air freight containers, shipping containers may be loaded by the clients themselves.

The dimensions, fittings and stackability of shipping containers are standardised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and specified in the ISO Standard 668. The containers are generally 20 or 40 foot in length.

Shipping containers can be transported over land and water without any problems, since they are easy to fit to trains and HGVs. This eliminates the need to transfer individual consignments at the port or railway station.

Containers are assigned a special identifier to ensure ease of international identification. The first four capital letters indicate the owner, followed by a six-digit check number.

20ft general purpose container
Inside dimensions 5,9 x 2,3 x 2,4 m
Useable volume 33,2 m³
Door opening 2,3 x 2,2 m
Max payload (tons)* 28,2
40ft general purpose container
Inside dimensions 12 x 2,3 x 2,4 m
Useable volume 67,7 m³
Door opening 2,3 x 2,2 m
Max payload (tons)* 26,7
40ft high cube general purpose container
Inside dimensions 12,0 x 2,3 x 2,7 m
Useable volume 76,3 m³
Door opening 2,3 x 2,5 m
Max payload (tons)* 26,4
20ft flat rack
Inside dimensions 5,6 x 2,2 x 2,2 m
Useable volume 25 m³
Max payload (tons)* 37
40ft flat rack
Inside dimensions 11,6 x 2,2 x 2,2 m
Useable volume 52,7 m³
Max payload (tons)* 39,3
20ft open top container with detachable tarpaulin
Inside dimensions 5,3 x 2,2 x 2,2 m
Useable volume 32 m³
Max payload (tons)* 28,2
40ft open top container with detachable tarpaulin
Inside dimensions 12,0 x 2,3 x 2,3 m
Useable volume 65,5 m³
Max payload (tons)* 26,6
20ft reefer container
Inside dimensions 5,4 x 2,2 x 2,1 m
Useable volume 28,3 m³
Door opening 2,2 x 2,2 m
Max payload (tons)* 27,3
40ft high cube reefer container
Inside dimensions 11,5 x 2,2 x 2,2 m
Useable volume 60 m³
Door opening 2,5 x 2,2 m
Max payload (tons)* 27,7

*Please note: These payloads are for the equipment only. Road limitations vary from country to country, so you must check with your local Röhlig office how much you maximum should load in a container. Please note that Röhlig cannot be held responsible for any of the content pertaining to above.