40 Foot Shipping Container

40 Foot Shipping Container size Diagram

If you are planning on an international move and are thinking about shipping your valuable household goods via ocean freight, then you must be looking for shipping containers having good capacity. Other than the 20-foot container, the 40-foot container is another popular option for an overseas move due to its size and the amount of furniture it can hold.

40-FOOT CONTAINER DIMENSION

The usable capacity of the 40-foot container is 67.7m3. It has 285 sq ft (26.47m2) of floor space and 2,120 cubic ft (60m3) of volume.

DIMENSIONS OF THE 40-FOOT CONTAINER

The dimensions of a 40-foot container are:

  • Exterior Dimensions (in feet): 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ 6” high
  • Exterior Dimensions (in meters): 12.19m long x 2.44m wide x 2.59m high
  • Interior Dimensions (in feet): 39’ 6” long x 7’ 9” wide x 7’ 10” high
  • Internal Dimensions (in meters): 12.025m long x 2.352m wide x 2.393m high
  • Usable Capacity: 67.7m3

THE VOLUME OF YOUR 40-FOOT CONTAINER SHIPMENT

Generally, a 40-foot container can fit in the household goods of a two-to-three-bedroom apartment with a living room, dining room, den, and kitchen.

Here’s an illustration of what fits into a 40-foot container using a typical 100m2 apartment as an example:

40 Foot Shipping Container

HOW TO PACK FURNITURE INTO A 40-FOOT CONTAINER

Loading a container for an overseas move can be complex and complicated when you are trying to avoid property damage. Here are some simple tips to follow:

  • Disassemble anything that can be re-assembled and carefully pack them in the right size boxes 
  • Using bubble wrap to protect your items during the move
  • Stack boxes on top of one another to utilize space
  • Place higher items below lighter items

SHIPPING VEHICLES IN A 40-FOOT CONTAINER

If you plan to transport a vehicle along with your other household belongings, using FCL shipping would be a great choice over the LCL shipping as the risk of damaging your property would be higher over the LCL shipping. Most cars can fit a 40-foot container with space left to fill the household goods of a one- to a two-bedroom apartment.

Each country has its own regulations on auto shipping/ vehicle imports. Individual countries’ restrictions may not allow you to import your vehicle into your destination country at all—we advise you to do proper research with customs authorities of your destination country.

COST TO SHIP A 40-FOOT CONTAINER

The cost of shipping a 20-foot container will vary depending on a number of factors, including the nature of the items you are sending and the destination country. Due to consolidating fees, taxes, and customs paperwork, LCL shipping in a 40-foot container will be more expensive than sending a half-full 40-foot FCL. Contact 855-553-2784 for any further inquiries.

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