The global standardization of containers and container handling equipment was one of the important innovations in 20th century. The main development came from the USA and hence many of the current sizes of containers find their origin therein. The drive for containerisation came from the need to speed up the loading and unloading of ships in ports. The additional great benefit was the reduction in the number of handlings between collection and delivery, which substantially enhances the security of the goods.

There are 2 major groups of containers.  The ISO containers for worldwide destinations and the European containers which are wider inside. Both types of containers service a specific market and cannot be used in different markets.

As not all goods are suitable for loading in standard containers there is a wide range of containers available for worldwide shipping.

Most of the containers and their sizes are described on our website; for more advice on types of containers and how to load, contact Emerald Cargo Systems Ltd and we will pleased to assist

European Containers

20flat20′ Flat Rack
Length 604 cm
Width 243 cm
Height 223 cm


40palw
40′ Pallet Wide
Length 1,210 cm
Width 244 cm
Height 238 cm
Door Height 227 cm
Door Width 240 cm
Euro Pallets 30
UK Pallets 24
Volume 70 m3

40palwh
40′ Pallet Wide High Cube
Length 1,210 cm
Width 244 cm
Height 268 cm
Door Height 258 cm
Door Width 240 cm
Euro Pallets 30
UK Pallets 24
Volume 79 m3
Euro Pallets

40flat40′ Flat Rack
Length 1,217 cm
Width 243 cm
Height 195 cm

45palw45′ Pallet Wide (9’1″)
Length 1,356
Width 244
Height 257
Door Height 246 cm
Door Width 2.35m
Euro Pallets 33
UK Pallets 26
Volume
85 m3

45pwhccs45′ Pallet Wide High Cube Curtain sided
Length 1,356
Width 246
Height 236
Side Opening Height 220 cm
Side Opening Width 1,251 cm
Door Opening Width 240 cm
Euro Pallets 33
UK Pallets 26
Volume 83 m3

45palwhc945′ Pallet Wide High Cube(9’6″)
Length 1,356
Width 244
Height 270
Door Height 259 cm
Door Width 242 cm
Euro Pallets 33
UK Pallets 26
Volume 89 m3

40reef
45′ Pallet Wide Reefer
Length 1,328
Width 244
Height 258
Door Height 257 cm
Door Width 244 cm
Euro Pallets 33
UK Pallets
26
Volume 83 m3

ISO STANDARD CONTAINERS

13.30 m Platform
Length 1,360 cm
Width 250cm
Height 241 cm


40palw
20′ Dry
Length 590 cm
Width 235 cm
Height 239 cm
Door Height 228 cm
Door Width 233 cm
Euro Pallets 11
UK Pallets 9
Volume 33 m3

20open20′ Open Top
Length 590 cm
Width 233 cm
Height 238 cm
Door Height 233 cm
Door Width 222 cm
Volume 32 m3

20reefer20′ Reefer
Length 545 cm
Width 228 cm
Height 226 cm
Door Height 226 cm
Door Width 228 cm
Euro Pallets
10
UK Pallets 9
Volume 28 m3

45palw40′ Dry
Length 1205
Width 235
Height 239
Door Height 2.34 m
Door Width 2.28m
Euro Pallets 25
UK Pallets 22
Volume 67 m3

40′ Open Top
Length 1,155 cm
Width 233 cm
Height 238 cm
Door Height 222 cm
Door Width 233 cm
Volume 67 m3

40′ High Cube
Length 1,203 cm
Width 235 cm
Height 269 cm
Door Height 258 cm
Door Width 234 cm
Euro Pallets 25
UK Pallets 22
Volume 76 m3

40reef
40′ Reefer High Cube
Length 1,157 cm
Width 228 cm
Height 252 cm
Door Height 253 cm
Door Width 227 cm
Euro Pallets 23
UK Pallets 20
Volume 67 m3