There are many different shipping container sizes and configurations that a company can rely on to transport goods internationally. Shipping container sizes vary depending on the client’s needs and that can make it difficult to decide on the correct size, use, or service.

If your shipment cannot fill a 45 foot container, you can opt for a 20 foot container that could fill the bill. Of course you could always use LCL shipping (less than container load) if it’s even smaller in size.

There may be other shipping container sizes that are ideal for your particular company; there are also other options, depending on your firm’s shipping needs.

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The most common commercial shipping container sizes are:

20 foot container: 19’10.5” in length, 8’ in width, 8’6” in height.

40 foot container: 40’ in length, 8’ in width, 8’6” in height.

40 foot high cube container: 40’ in length, 8’ in width, 9’6” in height.

45 foot high cube container: 45’ in length, 8’ in width, 9’6” in height.

As can be seen, these shipping containers, aside from the 20-foot container, do not have significant differences between them, but they all basically have a gross maximum weight of a little over 66,000 pounds (each size offers a slightly different gross maximum weight).

Of course there are additional containers for special cargos such as machines that can only be top loaded. These units are called flat racks. Some flat racks come with sides, others without, depending on your need.

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It requires the dedication and skill of an experienced shipping firm to help find the optimal container for each shipping scenario and the company requiring shipping services.

In the aforementioned example with machines, a firm will require specialized flat racks to ship machinery. Additional needs would have to be taken into consideration during such an operation, such as in getting the correct lifting crane to lift the machine into or onto the flat rack, then to block and brace the unit and ensure that no special permits are required if the unit is oversized or overweight for drayage to the port via standard container chassis.

To add to the variety of containers out there, if you ship produce of any kind; either fresh or frozen reefer containers with Gensets are another option. These specialized temperature controlled containers will keep your cargo fresh or frozen on route.

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That’s where Skyfer Logistic Inc. makes all the difference. With the right level of experience, every company can be matched up with the optimal shipping equipment, regardless of shipping container sizes or specialized requirements.