Weight shipping container

What is the weight of a shipping container?

Shipping containers are used for international trade for years now. Especially commodities and raw materials are transported via waterways. For transportation purposes it is important to keep the weight of the shipping container in mind. It is mandatory to weigh the shipping container prior to loading it onto a shipping vessel. For loading and unloading of containers on and from trains en ships it is important to know the weight of the shipping containers for proper use of container cranes.

The weight of a shipping container is always dependent upon the type of container and its dimensions. Therefore, always check the weight of the containers before loading them!

To give an overview of weights per shipping container we have listed the most common weights for you. The container weights are divided into shipping containers, reefer containers and flatrack containers. Among the specifications are the maximum cargo: the maximum weight of the goods that are loaded into the container. The total maximum weight of the container is the weight of the container including the cargo. Tare means the weight of an empty container.

Shipping container weight

In general there are three types of common shipping containers, the 20ft, 40ft and 40ft high cube container. 10ft shipping containers also exist but are rarely used for transport. You can find the weights of the three mentioned types below.

20ft40ft40ft hc
Maximum cargo28.300 kg26.860 kg26.660 kg
Maximum weight30.480 kg30.480 kg30.480 kg
Tare2.180 kg3.620 kg3.820 kg


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Weight of reefer container

Reefer containers are, in general, available in 10ft, 20ft and 40ft dimensions. The following table displays the weights of these three types of reefer containers. 40ft high cube reefer containers also exist, but are less common. High cube reefers have deviant weight.

Maximum cargo27.440 kg27.541 kg30.420 kg
Maximum weight30.480 kg30.480 kg35.000 kg
Tare3.040 kg2.940 kg4.580 kg


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Weight of flat rack container

Flatrack containers are available in two versions: fixed-end and collapsible. Fixed-end flat rack containers have fixed walls which means that they can be stacked. Collapsible flat racks have collapsible walls, which is why they can be stacked more easily while demanding less space. Below you find the specifications regarding the weight of flat rack containers.

40ft fixed-end40ft collapsible
Maximum cargo26.280 kg39.140 kg
Maximum weight30.480 kg45.000 kg
Tare4.200 kg5.860 kg


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