The 40-foot high cube container’s dimensions are usually measured using the imperial system (feet) and specifies both the exterior dimensions and the interior (usable) dimensions.
The 40-foot high cube container’s dimensions are:
Exterior Dimensions (in feet): 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ 6” high
Exterior Dimensions (in meters): 12.19m long x 2.44m wide x 2.99m high
Interior Dimensions (in feet): 39’ 6” long x 7’ 9” wide x 8’ 10” high
Internal Dimensions (in meters): 12.025m long x 2.352m wide x 2.585m high
Usable Capacity: 76m3
In terms of Euro pallet types (European pallets) of which dimensions are 1.2m x 0.8m, the base of the 40-foot high cube container can hold up to 25 Euro pallet stacks as long as the load is not hanging over the sides. Generally, the optimal way of fitting pallets inside the container is with one row along the length and another row along the width. More information.
For the standard American pallet type with dimensions 40” x 48” (1.016m x 1.219m), the base of a 40-foot high cube container can hold 21 pallets as long as the load is not hanging over the sides. More information.
A 40-foot container’s empty weight is 4,150kg and can be loaded to a maximum overall weight of 29 tons (26,300kg). But the overall amount of cargo it can take depends on possible restrictions and/or limitations of the shipping line, the nature of the cargo, and specific details of the shipment.
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