Container Sizes

Standard dimensional info of cargo freight containers
Container Sizes

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"Intermodal containers" refers to cargo-holding vessels that can be loaded on different modes of transportation, and the standardization of intermodal containers is a huge development in modern international trade.

Such standard allows cargo to be transported through multiple types of transportation, from manufacturers directly to their customers, without having to unload the goods at each transfer. Thus decreasing the operational costs and increasing transportation efficiency dramatically.

In this article, we will take a look at this important standard, the ISO 668.

The International Standard Dimensions

ISO 668 was introduced in 1968 by the International Organization for Standardization. It standardized the classification, dimensions and ratings of intermodal containers.

ISO intermodal containers are classified by their external length and height measured in imperial length unit. The maximum allowed tolerance is +/- 10 mm.

These dimensional standards describes the external chassis or frame structure of standard containers, but the actual holding space designs differs depending on the structural materials and goods intended to carry.

Container Dimension Data Table

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