Sea Freight Guide

At Method Logistics we pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience shipping valuable and hazardous goods around the globe. From LCL (Less than Container Load) packages as small as one square metre to FCL (Full Container Load) shipping our expertise allows us to accurately assess, package and deliver the most precious of items, providing peace of mind for our clients. 

For more information on the capacities of a range of containers, their varying sizes and dimensions, and suggested usages for each, please consult our ‘Sea Freight Guide / Shipping Container Specs’ table below.

Container Dimensions (all figures in metres)
Container Size Door Width Door Height Roof Opening Inner Length Inner Width Inner Height
20' Box 2.28-2.32 2.27-2.29 5.88-5.90 2.33-2.35 2.36-2.39
Use: General Goods
40' Box 2.28-2.33 2.27-2.29 11.96-12.00 2.33-2.35 2.36-2.39
Use: General Goods
40' High Cube 2.28-2.34 2.58-2.59 12.00-12.02 2.33-2.35 2.67-2.69
Use: Use: Long and Heavy goods.
20' Reefer 2.26-2.28 2.2-2.22 5.42-5.48 2.26-2.29 2.21-2.23
Use: Use: Goods requiring a constant temperature above/below freezing point; controlled fresh air supply.
40' Reefer 2.26-2.28 2.17-2.20 11.56-11.57 2.26-2.29 2.20-2.20
Use: Use: Goods requiring a constant temperature above/below freezing point; controlled fresh air supply.
40' Reefer Cube 2.26-2.29 2.40-2.43 11.56-11.60 2.26-2.29 2.48-2.51
Use: Use: Goods requiring a constant temperature above/below freezing point; controlled fresh air supply.
20' Open Top 2.28-2.33 2.27 2.21x5.43 5.88-5.90 2.33-2.34 2.35
Use: Use: Over height Goods, loading from above/side possible.
40' Open Top 2.28-2.33 2.27 2.21x11.57 11.96-12.02 2.33-2.34 2.35-2.37
Use: Use: Over height Goods, loading from above/side possible.
20' Hard Top 2.34 2.28 5.89 2.34 2.38
Use: Use: Heavy and high goods.
40' Hard Top 2.34 2.29 12.02 2.34 2.39
Use: Use: Heavy and high goods.
20' Flat 5.7 2.26 2.24
Use: Use: Heavy and extra wide goods.
40' Flat 11.8 2.22 1.98
Use: Use: Heavy and extra wide goods.
20'/40' Platform 60.06 / 12.19 2.44
Use: Use: Heavy and extra wide goods.
20' Ventilated 2.34 2.29 5.99 2.32 2.39
Use: Use: For good requiring ventilation.
20'/40' Insulated 2.29 2.07 5.72 / 11.84 2.29 / 2.29 2.01 / 2.12
Use: Use: Goods requiring a constant temperature above / below freezing point; controller fresh air supply.
20' Bulk 2.34 2.29 5.93 2.36 2.34
Use: Use: For dry bulk goods.