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20 ft New Shipping Containers



Exterior Length 6.06m / 20ft
Exterior Width 2.44m / 8ft
Exterior Height 2.60m / 8ft 6in
Interior Length 5.9m / 19ft 4in
Interior Width 2.35m / 7ft 9in
Interior Height 2.39m / 7ft 10in
Floor Space 150ft²
Cubic Capacity 1170cf / 33.13cbm
Max Gross Weight 30480kg


As you can see, a 20ft container has a total capacity of 33 cubic metres (cbm), however in reality there is usually only around 25-28 cbm of usable space. The contents of a three-bedroom house (furniture, televisions, beds, boxes etc.) will normally fit inside a 20ft container, unless you’re a hoarder.

If ‘cbm’ isn’t a useful way of thinking about a container’s capacity, here are some other ways. A 20ft container can hold:

  • 50-60 fridges or
  • 100 washing machines or
  • 400 flat-screen TVs or
  • 200 full-sized mattresses or
  • 48,000 bananas

That’s right, if you want to bring all your bananas with you on your move abroad, you’ll be able to bring up to 48,000 of them. We’ve also made a pretty pink infographic to help you visualize a 20ft container’s capacity.

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