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Sea container dimensions

The following table shows the weights and interior dimensions of the most common types of containers. Note that the weights and dimensions may vary slightly in actual size and weight as containers of the same type are produced by different manufacturers.

Container type
Inside lengthInside widthInside heightDoor widthDoor heightMax cargo weight
20' standard5.896 m
2.350 m
2.385 m
2.340 m
2.274 m
24850 kg
40' standard12.035 m
2.350 m
2.393 m
2.339 m
2.274 m
28800 kg
40' High cube
12.035 m
2.350 m
2.697 m
2.340 m
2.577 m
30200 kg
45' High cube
13.556 m
2.352 m
2.697 m
2.340 m
2.585 m
27820 kg
20' Open top
5.893 m
2.346 m
2.353 m
2.338 m
2.273 m
28190 kg
40' Open top
12.029 m
2.348 m
2.359 m
2.338 m
2.275 m
28700 kg
20' Flat rack5.966 m2.418 m
2.286 m
-
-
27150 kg
40' Flat rack12.029 m
2.438 m
1.995 m
-
-
39580 kg
20' Platform6.058 m
2.438 m
0.370 m
-
-
27960 kg
40' Platform12.192 m
2.245 m
0.648 m
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-
39300 kg

International commercial terms (INCOTERMS)

TermsDiscription
EXWEx Works: the seller makes the goods available at his premises. The buyer is responsible for all charges.
FCAFree Carrier: the seller hands over the goods, cleared for export, into the custody of the first carrier at the named place.
FASFree Alongside Ship: the seller must place the goods alongside the ship at the named port and must clear the goods for export.
FOBFree on board: the seller must load the goods on board the ship nominated by the buyer, cost and risk being divided at ship's rail. The seller must clear the goods for export.
CFRCost and Freight: the seller must pay the costs and freight to bring the goods to the port of destination. Risk is transferred to the buyer once the goods have crossed the ship's rail.
CIFCost, Insurance and Freight: exactly the same as CFR except that the seller must in addition procure and pay for insurance for the buyer.
CPTCarriage Paid To: the seller pays for carriage to the named point of destination, but risk passes when the goods are handed over to the first carrier.
CIPCarriage and Insurance Paid To: the seller pays for carriage and insurance to the named destination point, but risk passes when the goods are handed over to the first carrier.
DAFDelivered At Frontier: the seller pays for transportation to the named place of delivery at the frontier. The buyer arranges for customs clearance and pays for transportation from the frontier to his factory. The passing of risk occurs at the frontier.
DESDelivered Ex Ship: where goods are delivered ex ship, the passing of risk does not occur until the ship has arrived at the named port of destination and the goods made available for unloading to the buyer. The seller pays the same freight and insurance costs as he would under a CIF arrangement.
DEQDelivered Ex Quay: This is similar to DES, but the passing of risk does not occur until the goods have been unloaded at the port of destination.
DDUDelivered Duty Unpaid:the seller delivers the goods to the buyer to the named place of destination in the contract of sale. The goods are not cleared for import or unloaded from any form of transport at the place of destination. The buyer is responsible for the costs and risks for the unloading, duty and any subsequent delivery beyond the place of destination.
DDPDelivered Duty Paid: the seller pays for all transportation costs and bears all risk until the goods have been delivered and pays the duty.

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