Container types and dimensions

Container Types
Container Types

Diversity of Container Types – Key to Efficiency and Flexibility in Ocean Freight

The most important and well-known type of container is the 40' container for merchant shipping with the dimensions 12.192 m × 2.438 m × 2.591 m. There are over 15 million of this container type in accordance with ISO 668 (freight containers) in circulation. Generally:


With freight containers, e.g. most of the trade in goods is done with finished products. Due to their standardized shape, the containers can be transported and quickly transshipped using a wide variety of means of transport (seagoing vessels, inland vessels, trains and trucks).

Container Dimensions
Container Dimensions

Standard Containers – The Backbone of Global Logistics

The standard container, often referred to as a Dry Van, is the most commonly used type of container. Available in sizes of 20 feet and 40 feet, they are perfect for most dry goods such as electronics, textiles, and packaged foods. Their sturdy construction ensures safe transport over long sea journeys.

High Cube Containers – Extra Height for More Space

High Cube Containers are similar to standard containers but offer additional storage space due to their increased height. They are ideal for bulky cargo that may not be particularly heavy but is voluminous.

Open Top Containers – Flexibility for Oversized Cargo

For goods that cannot fit through a regular door opening, Open Top Containers are the solution. These containers do not have a fixed roof, which facilitates the loading and unloading of bulky goods such as machinery or large vehicle parts.

Flat Rack Containers – For Heavy and Bulky Freight

Flat Rack Containers are extremely sturdy and are perfect for heavy or bulky items such as machinery, boats, and large vehicle parts. They have no side walls and often no roof, allowing access from all sides.

Refrigerated Containers – For Temperature-Sensitive Cargo

Food, pharmaceutical products, and other temperature-sensitive goods require a constant temperature during transport. Refrigerated containers, also known as Reefers, provide just that. They come with integrated cooling systems that maintain a constant temperature throughout the transport.

Tank Containers – For Liquids and Gases

Tank containers are designed for the transport of liquids and gases. These containers are made from robust materials like stainless steel and are known for their leak-proofness and safety. They are used for a variety of substances, including chemicals, oils, and gases.


Choosing the right type of container is crucial for efficient and safe transport of your goods. Our expertise in ocean freight logistics enables us to assist you in selecting the optimal container type for your specific needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can support your ocean freight requirements with the right container solution.


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