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40ft Standard Container vs 40ft High Cube Container

By July 19th, 2011 About Containers 31 Comments

Question:  What is the difference between a 40ft High Cube and a 40ft Standard Height Container?

The primary difference between a 40ft Standard height container and a 40ft High Cube Container is the difference in height of exactly one foot. The 40ft Standard container is 8ft 6 in high on the exterior which corresponds to a 7ft 10in height on the interior. A 40ft Standard container has 2,350 cu ft of storage space on the interior, whereas the 40ft High Cube container has 2,694 cu ft of storage space. This additional height gives the 40ft High Cube container an extra 344 cu ft of storage capacity.

All the other specifications remain the same in terms of the width and length.

Another difference in the 40ft High Cube container versus the 40ft Standard container is the weight. The 40ft High Cube container weighs 8,775 lbs. The 40ft Standard container weighs 8,000 lbs. Both the 40ft High Cube container and 40ft Standard container have a Maximum Gross Weight (weight of container and the cargo inside) of 67,200 lbs. When it comes to shipping the weight limit is the same. On the other hand, if you are using a shipping container for on-site storage and it is not being moved, the weight limit is irrelevant.



  1. Bo cook
    July 17th, 2013

    Could some one please advise if I can fit 15 units each measuring 2050mm x 2050mm x 870mm in a standard 40ft container or would I require HQ ?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. admin
    July 17th, 2013


    The following are the internal dimensions of a 40’STD and 40’HC container. Hopefully this information is helpful.
    40’STD – 12,031mm x 2,352mm x 2,383mm, Door opening 2,343mm W x 2,280mm H
    40’HC – 12,031mm x 2,352mm x 2,698mm, Door opening 2,343mm W x 2,585mm H

    These dimensions may vary slightly depending on the container. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions. Ray Gregorio –

  3. Ziad
    January 12th, 2014

    Can anyone tell me what is the difference between 40’HC and 40’GP container?
    I would really appreciate a quick reply

  4. admin
    January 13th, 2014

    GP stands for “General Purpose”. Most marine shipping containers are considered GP containers. Standard height containers are 8’6″H on the exterior. When you see a 40’GP container, that means the container is 8’6″H. The HC stands for “High Cube”. A high cube container is 9’6″H on the exterior (1′ taller than a standard height container). When you see a 40’HC container, that means the container is 9’6″H. I hope this helps!

  5. TD
    January 26th, 2014

    Can you give an an approximate % difference in cost to ship a HC container vs a standard height 40’? I would be shipping from Miami to Panama.

  6. admin
    January 27th, 2014

    Thanks for the comment! We sell shipping containers but do not actually provide international/overseas shipping service. I recommend contacting a freight forwarding company. Crane Worldwide is located just outside of Atlanta and can most likely assist you. Their number is (678) 586-2500. Ask for Bobby Noonan. If you are in the market for a container, please let me know. I hope this information is helpful.

  7. John
    February 11th, 2014


    Both 40′ standard and 40′ HC are shipped at the same cost.

  8. admin
    February 11th, 2014

    Thanks for the comment! 40′ containers can be transported over the road using either tilt bed trailers, flat bed trailers or step deck trailers. The same tilt bed trailer can handle both the STD or HC 40′ containers (as the trailers are low enough to the ground to avoid any DOT height restrictions). There is typically no cost difference to transport either size on a tilt bed trailer. However, that is not necessarily the case with flat bed or step deck trailers. Standard 40′ containers can be transported on a flat bed trailer. However, 40’HC containers are typically transported on step deck trailers (as they are over height on standard flat bed trailers). There are usually some additional costs involved when transporting a 40’HC container on a step deck. I hope this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me directly at with any questions. Thanks, Ray

  9. Vivek
    March 21st, 2014

    Dear All,

    I request you to kindly advice that how many cartons can be stuffed in 40 hq container for following measurement 40.6×16.5×34.3cm,weight per carton is 5 kg.Thanks in advance

  10. admin
    March 21st, 2014

    Based on your information, you would be able to load approximately 3,100 cartons into a 40’HC container. Our calculations are based on general dimensions and cargo capacity for a 40’HC container. Hope this information is helpful!

  11. Paresh
    April 5th, 2014

    Please Advice if there are any 40HC or 40STD Containers available with Max Cargo weight of 30.500 Tonnes

  12. admin
    April 10th, 2014

    Thanks for your comment. The maximum cargo capacity of a 40’HC or 40’STD container is approximately 56,000 lbs (28 tons). I hope this information is helpful.

  13. Uday
    July 23rd, 2014

    Please suggest the approximately shipping charges for standard and High Cube 40′ container from Mumbai to Rotterdam

  14. admin
    July 29th, 2014

    I’m sorry but we do not actually provide services for international shipping. My recommendation is to contact a freight forwarding or logistics company. They should be able to provide you with the information you’ve requested.

  15. July 30th, 2014

    can we stuff the cargo of below dimension in 40 HC container?

    1 cage 192 L x 112 W x 267 H in CM – Gross weight 1.140,00 kg


  16. admin
    July 30th, 2014

    The length and width of your cage is not a problem. However, it’s too tall to fit inside the container. The inside height is approximately 244 cm. I hope this information is helpful.

  17. Aqeel
    September 17th, 2014

    Hi Admin, Please let me know about the thickness of walls of standard 40ft container in mm. Urgent reply will be highly appreciate it.

  18. admin
    September 17th, 2014

    Thanks for your question. Below are the general specs for the side wall assembly of a standard 40′ container. I hope this information is helpful.

    3.7 Side Wall Assembly
    The side walls will be continuously welded to each other and to the end rails and corner
    posts. Welding penetration side panels to rails should be min.75%.
    3.7.1 Top Side Rails
    Each top side rail is used a square steel pipe. Rail : 60 x 60 x 3.0 mm
    3.7.2 Side Walls
    Each side wall will be composed of a number of sheets of the same thickness, fully
    vertically corrugated into trapezium section, butt welded together to form one panel by
    automatic welding.
    Trapezium − Depth : 36 mm
    Outerface : 72 mm
    Interface : 70 mm
    Slope : 68 mm
    Pitch : 278 mm
    Side panel : 1.6 mm thick Qty. : 11 pcs / each side.

  19. September 26th, 2014

    Hi Admin,

    I am a freight broker, usually I move 1 and 2 TEU containers as a unit. I am not familiar with volume conversions. However, I have a client that has 2 x 40′ HC containers of goods, and wants to know how many and which types of trailers to order. Would that volume of product fit in 2 x 48′ dry vans, or should I dispatch 53’s just to be safe?

    Thank you in advance for your reply!

    – Chris

  20. admin
    September 29th, 2014

    Hello Chris,

    Thanks for the inquiry. If I’m not mistaken the dry vans are 102″W x 9’6″H. The high cube containers are 96″W x 9’6″H. Not only are the dry vans longer but they are 6″ wider than the containers. I would think that 2 x 48′ dry vans would be sufficient to handle the cargo from 2 x 40’HC containers. However, dispatching 2 x 53’s just to be safe may not be a bad idea. Hope this helps! Ray

  21. admin
    September 29th, 2014

    Hello Elham,

    Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately we do not provide international shipping service. I would reach out to your logistics company or freight forwarder. They should be able to provide you with the information you need.

  22. October 29th, 2014

    Can any body explain me the difference between 40 ft DV container and 40 ft HC container? The soonest answer will be appreciated.

  23. admin
    October 29th, 2014

    When referring to a container, DV means “Dry Van”. You may also see them referred to as 40ft GP containers. GP means “General Purpose”. DV and GP are used interchangeably. A 40ft DV container is a standard height container (8ft 6in high on the exterior). A 40ft HC is referencing a “High Cube” container. A HC is 1ft taller than a standard height container (9ft 6in high on the exterior). Hope this information is helpful.

  24. Diedre
    December 17th, 2014

    How many 46.875 X 48.000 X 46.9 pallets and 48.690 X 47.500 X 43.1 pallets fit in a 41′ HC container?

  25. admin
    January 6th, 2015

    Hello Diedre,
    Thanks for the question. A 40’HC container has an interior dimension of 39′ 5-11/16″L x 7′ 8 1/2″W x 7′ 10-3/16″H. The door opening is 7′ 8-5/16″W x 7′ 5-11/16″H. Hopefully this information helps you determine how many pallets of your product can be loaded in the container.

  26. Eric
    December 30th, 2014

    What are real distances between the 4 locking pins? Trying to do a concrete foundation.

  27. admin
    January 6th, 2015

    Hello Eric,
    Thanks for the question. If you are referring to a standard 20′ or 40′ container, they are exactly 8’W on the exterior. The corner castings are 6″ x 6″. Hope this information is helpful.

  28. Winnie
    December 31st, 2014

    Hi, I having a product with 337 mm height and it can only be loaded into standard 40 ft container with upright position. Is it possible for me to stack up 7 layers of 337mm height product which will be in total height of 2359mm?

  29. admin
    January 6th, 2015

    Hello Winnie,
    Thanks for the question. The interior dimensions of a standard 40ft container are approximately 12,031mm (length) x 2,352mm (width) x 2,393mm (height). The door opening is 2,343mm (width) x 2,280mm (height). These dimensions may vary slightly depending on the container. I hope this information is helpful.

  30. March 5th, 2015

    Admin can you help me for my below question.

    size of my carton is 475x307x227 mm, weight is 12 kgs per carton.

    could you please let me know, how many cartons can i put in a 20 feet as well in a 40 feeter reefer container. i also want to know these count using pallets for cartons as well as without pallets.

  31. admin
    March 5th, 2015

    Thanks for your inquiry. The following are the internal dimensions and cargo capacity for a 20′ and 40′ reefer container –
    20′ – 5449mm L x 2290mm W x 2271mm H – cargo capacity is 28,880kg & 40′ – 11,590mm L x 2294mm W x 2554mm H – cargo capacity is 29,250kg
    Hopefully this information will allow you to determine how much of your product will fit into a unit. Please be advised that these are general dimensions and may vary slightly depending on the unit.

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