High Cube Container

High-cube containers are similar in structure to standard containers, but taller. In contrast to standard containers, which have a maximum height of 2591 mm (8’6″), high-cube containers are 2896 mm, or 9’6″, tall.

High-cube containers are for the most part 40′ long, but are sometimes made as 45′ containers.

A number of lashing rings, capable of bearing loads of at most 1000 kg, are mounted on the front top end rail and bottom cross member and the corner posts. Many 40′ containers have a recess in the floor at the front end which serves to centre the containers on so-called gooseneck chassis. These recesses allow the containers to lie lower and therefore to be of taller construction.

Standard containers are mainly used as 20′ and 40′ containers.
Containers with smaller dimensions are very seldom used. Indeed, the trend is towards even longer dimensions, e.g. 45′.

All the dimensions for 20′ and 40′ High Cube Cargo Containers
 20′ Standard40′ Standard
Max. Gross Weight30,480kg (67,200 lb)32,500 kg (71,650 lb)
Tare Weight2,220 kg (4,890 lb)3,720 kg (8,200 lb)
Payload28,260 kg (62,310 lb)28,780 kg (63,450 lb)
External Dimensions:  
Length6,058 mm (19′-10″)2,192 mm (40′-0″)
Width2,438 mm (8′-0″)2,438 mm (8′-0″)
Height2,591mm (8′-6″)2,591 mm (8′-6″)
Internal Dimensions:  
Length5,898 mm (19′-2″)12,032 mm (39′-1″)
Width2,352 mm (7′-6″)2,352 mm (7′-6″)
Height2,393 mm (7′-8″)2,393 mm (7′-8″)
Door Opening:  
Width2,352 mm (7′-6″)2,352 mm (7′-6″)
Height2,280 mm (7′-4″)2,280mm (7′-4″)
Cubic Capacity33.2m3 (1,170 ft.3)67.7 m3 (2,390 ft.30