"Will it fit, or not". Often one can wonder about that question when planning to load a shipping container. To remind you of the internal measures of the different available standard container sizes, you will find a summary below. Keep in mind that the values do vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
HC HC is an abbreviation of "High Cube", also written as "Hi-Cube". HC containers are 1 foot (305mm) taller than the standard container height of 8'6" (2621mm). HC containers can contain a larger volume, or can make it more easy to load large and high objects into the container.
PW PW is an abbreviation of Pallet Wide (see below).
Pallet Wide Pallet Wide containers are ideal for shipping EUR-pallets because the interior dimensions are slightly wider than the dimensions of a standard container. You can ship 30 Euro-pallets in a 40' Pallet-Wide-Container in comparison to 25 in a 40' standard container. And you can put 33 Euro-pallets in a 45' pallet-wide container instead of only 27 in a 45' standard container. This way loss due to stowing reasons and the risk of the cargo slipping (moving) during transport are avoided. Pallet-wide containers can also be a solution if goods, like heavy machinery, are just a little too wide to load them into a standard container, sometimes because of the door opening restrictions of a standard container. PW containers typically have no doorway limitations.
Reefer This type of container is capable of maintaining the temperature of frozen, chilled or warm cargo. A refrigeration unit is built onto the nose of the container and power is provided by a motor generator (when container is loaded on a truck), by terminal (when grounded in a yard) or by the ship (when laden on board).
Air, cold or warm, is supplied to the inside of a container via an air duct system that enters the container from the bottom. Air circulates under, over and through the load before it returns to the refrigeration unit. This circulation is repeated continuously when the unit is in operation.
The most advanced reefer containers are computerized enabling highly precise temperature control. Transportation has become easier due to this type of precise control that ensures preserving the quality of foods such as meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruits, as well as films, plants and pharmaceuticals.
Open Top Open top containers do not have a solid roof. Instead they are covered with a removable, weatherproof tarpaulin that can be secured with ropes. The metal beam above the door can be opened to the right or left and can also be dismantled from the container. Lashing rings at the inside base of the container are used to secure and prevent shifting of cargo during movement. This type of container is suitable for over-height and/or lengthy cargo.
Flat Rack Flat racks are best suited for stowage of heavy lift, over-height and/or over-width cargo. Flat racks have collapsible end frames. Lashing rings on the bottom side rails, corner posts and floor are available to enable cargo to be secure using straps or chains.
The information presented here was compiled over a period of years from a large number of sources. Consequently, there is some possibility of errors or omissions for which we cannot assume responsibility.