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20ft Shipping Container Sizes and Dimensions

The 20ft container can be measured using the twenty-foot-equivalent unit (TEU).

A 20ft shipping container is also known as a container with 1 TEU, while a 40ft shipping container is known as 2 TEUs.

A shipping vessel can ferry a few hundred to thousands of TEUs whereas the shipping container port can accommodate tens of thousands of TEUs.

Our 20ft shipping container for sale has the following dimensions: 20ft length by 8ft length by 8.5ft height. These dimensions serve as the benchmark on quantifying capacity in the shipping industry.

The dry 20 feet container is a favorite among shipping container buyers. It is ideal for small shipments or storage space. It is also popular for moving and relocation of homes, as it commands a space area of 160 square feet and weighs around 2.2 tons. 

Besides that, the 20ft container can also be converted into a guest or hotel room, with its own private ensuite for those who intend to build shipping container homes. Good and cheap 20ft shipping containers for sale can be found if you are lucky. 

Unlike the 40ft shipping container, the 20 feet shipping container for sale is easily movable via its bottom fork pockets.

20ft shipping containers and also the 40ft shipping containers are the most common types of shipping containers available in the world. There are also containers with 10ft length, but they are not so common and used for special purposes only. In spite of different sizes, all containers have a common way to be measured.

In any port of the world, it is a common sight to see rows of shipping containers stacked in a very aesthetic way. Every day millions of such shipping containers sail the world carrying necessary commodities for consumers. Such shipping containers come in various shapes and sizes, but there are some standard sizes that are maintained throughout the world. 

The standard dry 20ft shipping containers for sale are the most common ones for shipping dry goods that do not require temperature control. But these containers can be modified according to the needs. Flat rack containers proven to be more suitable for heavier cargo and loads which need loading from the top or sides. Open top containers lack solid roofs but instead they have weatherproof tarpaulin roof and removable bows that can be secured using ropes and enables significantly simplified and easiest loading. These containers are ideal for bulky cargo like machinery. 

Tunnel containers also come with doors found on both ends of containers also known as the double door shipping containers in the intermodal terms. They are ultimately useful as they can be loaded from both front and rear side making it extremely flexible and not following the first in last out approach. There are containers which can be opened completely from sides also known as the side opening containers. For transporting perishable substances like fruits or vegetables, the containers are converted to refrigerated or insulated containers known as the reefer containers. In such way, the temperature inside the containers can be controlled. 

For transporting cars using shipping containers, the containers are modified suitably within to make a place for cars in two layers overlapping one another. 

Apart from the use of shipping, such containers are commonly used to make a portable office or living space in factories or construction sites. In recent years, many people are using such portable containers to make houses as it is cheaper compared to conventional houses.

There are currently over 17 million shipping containers in the world, and five or six million of them are currently shipping around the world on vessels, trucks, and trains. Every year almost 10000 of shipping containers are lost in the ocean. 95 % of world’s cargo moves by containers in ships. 

Shipping containers play an important role in our lives. As the containers have to go through a harsh weather condition, the material of the shipping container must be chosen very carefully. Normally it is made of corten steel or muffler grade stainless steel and the outside is made waterproof.  The average shipping life span of a shipping container is considered to be 10 years. However, if well maintained, it can stretch up to 20-25 years. Although it looks like a simple metal box, these shipping containers each has a unique identifier known as the container number which can be found on 5 sides of the container including on its CSC plate on the original door making it traceable worldwide in the shipping industry. 

Our 20ft shipping containers for sale are a common favorite among the shipping container family and is ideal for small shipments and storage space. Commanding a space area of 160 square feet, it is commonly a popular option for moving and relocation, especially for small young families who do not own too many furnitures and stores. It too can be converted into a decent guest or hotel room with its own private ensuite for those who intend to build shipping container homes. They come with bottom fork pockets, unlike the 40ft shipping containers which can only be lifted by the container handler, Kalmar or Hyster from the top 4 corner casts.

Do download the 20ft container technical drawing, showcasing the internal skeletal components, below. This would be useful for anyone who is into containerization, the process of converting shipping containers for alternate uses besides traditional cargo shipping.

20-foot shipping containers for sale are available at Joy Containers. Contact us today!