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20 foot shipping containers are highly portable. They have roughly 30m3 capacity referred to as 1 TEU, a standard measure in transportation meaning twenty-foot equivalent unit. This internationally standardised size works in your favour as you are unlikely to come across any handling problems when using the container for shipping, road or rail transport. If your business imports or exports varying amounts of goods, it is naturally better to have 2 twenty foot containers (2TEU) instead of 1 forty foot container (2TEU) so that you can control how much transport space you require. Finally, compared to a 40ft container, 20 footers are easier to move around a yard or premises with a heavy duty forklift.

Choosing the right container size

When choosing the right container size, it's important to consider the cubic space you will require. If your plan is to use the container for transporting goods interstate or overseas be sure to consider the internal dimensions of a 20ft container. For goods that need ventilation, keep in mind a 10mm gap between the boxes and the container walls. Over-packing of containers is not recommended, as such, if you need slightly more space than 30 cubic metres, you may wish to buy a high cube or pallet wide 20 foot container.

Weight Considerations

Another consideration is the weight of the goods you will be transporting. A general purpose 20ft container allows for a maximum cargo of 28 tonnes. If your goods are particularly heavy, two twenty foot general purpose containers would provide support for 56 tonnes as opposed to a 40ft container which would only provide support for a total of 26 tonnes.

20 foot container modifications

20 foot containers have many uses on residential, commercial and industrial premises when modified. When converted they are the ideal size for portable accommodation or a mobile workshop. Give us a call to discuss purchasing or hiring a 20 foot container or leave us a message in the quote form below.

20 Foot Container Dimensions

 
Vol
(m3)
Max. Cargo
(kg)
Tare Weight
(kg)
Internal Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
External Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
 
20' GP
33
28,200
2,280
5.9
2.35
2.39
6.06
2.44
2.59
20' HC
37.4
28,330
2,300
5.9
2.35
2.69
6.06
2.44
2.89
20' PWHC
38.4
27,920
2,560
5.9
2.42
2.69
6.06
2.49
2.89

 

20 Foot Shipping Containers Gallery

The following gallery is to give you an idea of what we have on hand in terms of 20 Foot Shipping Containers for Sale or Hire. You can narrow down your search by checking the boxes below indicating the container condition you require.

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(08) 9418 8001 or 0415 601 445.

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