LCL (less than container load) Services: LCL services are suitable for small loads of generally up to 10 pallets where use of a whole container is not cost effective. Shipments are delivered to a registered receiver who then forwards the load to a consolidator at the port who loads a container.
FCL (full container load) Services: FCL services are suited to larger cargoes as well as motor vehicles. A FCL service secures the whole container for your use. We can arrange for the container to be delivered to your facilities for loading, loaded at our warehouse or you can deliver your goods direct to the port for loading. Once a full container has been loaded and locked, a seal is placed on the container to ensure its security. This seal is then checked for integrity upon its destination.
Following information details the three most common container types:
The 40 ft (12 m) container is the most popular container worldwide. Longer container types have become more common, especially in North America. Shorter containers (e.g. 10 ft (3.0 m) containers) are rare.
The following table shows the weights and dimensions of the three most common types of containers worldwide. The weights and dimensions quoted below are averages, different manufacture series of the same type of container may vary slightly in actual size and weight.
|20′ container||40′ container||40′ high-cube container|
|length||20′ 0″||6.096 m||40′ 0″||12.192 m||40′ 0″||12.192 m|
|width||8′ 0″||2.438 m||8′ 0″||2.438 m||8′ 0″||2.438 m|
|height||8′ 6″||2.591 m||8′ 6″||2.591 m||9′ 5″||2.900 m|
|length||18′ 10″||5.758 m||39′ 5″||12.032 m||39′ 5″||12.032 m|
|width||7′ 8″||2.352 m||7′ 8″||2.352 m||7′ 8″||2.352 m|
|height||7′ 9″||2.385 m||7′ 9″||2.385 m||8′ 9″||2.710 m|
|door aperture||width||7′ 8″||2.343 m||7′ 8″||2.343 m||7′ 8″||2.343 m|
|height||7′ 5″||2.280 m||7′ 5″||2.280 m||8′ 5″||2.600 m|
|volume||1,169 ft³||33.1 m³||2,385 ft³||67.5 m³||2,701 ft³||76.5 m³|
|47,959 lb||21,750 kg||59,381 lb||26,930 kg||59,381 lb||26,930 kg|
|empty weight||4,850 lb||2,200 kg||8,380 lb||3,800 kg||10,580 lb||4,800 kg|
|net load||61,289 lb||28,200 kg||57,759 lb||26,600 kg||55,559 lb||25,600 kg|
20-ft, "heavy tested" containers are available for heavy goods (e.g. heavy machinery). These containers allow a maximum weight of 67,200 lb (30,480 kg), an empty weight of 5,290 lb (2,400 kg), and a net load of 61,910 lb (28,080 kg).