Ocean Containers

Everything you need to know about Ocean Containers and Volume

Relocating overseas and not sure about what size container you need to move your belongings? This blog post will assist you to select the size of FCL (Full Container Load) or LCL (Less than Container Load) depending on the size of your residence.

The below chart will assist you to determine the cubic feet volume you should expect depending on the number of bedrooms or square feet of your residence.

The below estimate is assuming you have standard furniture items and boxes for a single-family residence. For customized volume calculation, you can use our CFT calculator to determine the volume accurately.

NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
(OR)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
Small Studio
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
Under 600
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
360
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
Large Studio/ 1 Bedroom Apartment
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
600 - 1,000
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
432
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
2 Bedroom Apartment
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
1,000 - 1,200
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
720
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
2 Bedroom House/ 3 Bedroom Apartment
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
1,200 - 1,500
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
864
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
3 Bedroom House
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
1,500 - 1,800
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
1,152
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
3 Bedroom House (plus garage, attic, etc.)
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
1,800 - 2,000
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
1,368
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
4 Bedroom House
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
2,000 - 2,400
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
1,512 - 2,016
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
4 Bedroom House (plus garage, attic, etc.)
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
2,400 - 2,800
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
2,016 - 4,032
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
5 Bedroom House (plus garage, attic, etc.)
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
2,800 - 3,200
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
2,688 - 5,376
DIMENSIONS OF STORAGE UNIT
(OR)
SQUARE FEET OF STORAGE SPACE
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
5' x 10' Storage
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
50
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
432
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
10' x 10' Storage
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
100
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
864
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS
10' x 20' Storage
(OR)
(or)
SQUARE FT. IN YOUR HOME
200*
APPROX. CUBIC FEET
1,512 - 2,016

Depending on volume you plan to move, below are different ocean container specifications. If your volume is under 500 CFT you should consider shipping by LCL (Less than Container Load)

Container Specification

OCEAN CONTAINER SPECIFICATION

Containers are manufactured using either aluminum or steel. They are suitable for most types of cargo. Aluminum dry containers have a slightly larger payload than steel, and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube space.

Container dimensions – Specific dimensions and capacity of dry containers may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. The specifications listed below are, however, representative.

APPROX. CUBIT FEE
20’
40’
40’ HIGH CUBE
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Interior Length
20’
5.919 m - 19′5
40’
12.051 m - 39′ 6 1/2
40’ HIGH CUBE
12.056 m - 39′ 6 1/2
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Interior Width
20’
2.286 m - 7′ 6
40’
2.286 m - 7′ 6
40’ HIGH CUBE
2.340 m - 7′8
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Interior Height
20’
2.380 m - 7′ 9 1/2
40’
2.380 m - 7′ 9 1/2
40’ HIGH CUBE
2.684 m - 8′ 9 1/2
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Door Opening Width
20’
2.340 m - 7′ 8
40’
2.340 m - 7′ 8
40’ HIGH CUBE
2.347 m - 7′ 8 1/4
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Door Opening Height
20’
2.278 m - 7′ 5 1/2
40’
2.278 m - 7′ 5 1/2
40’ HIGH CUBE
2.585 m - 8′ 5 3/4
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Tare
20’
1,900 kgs - 4,189 lb
40’
3,084 kgs - 6,799 lb
40’ HIGH CUBE
2,900 kgs - 6,393 lb
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Payload
20’
15,000 kgs - 33,000 lb
40’
20,000 kgs - 44,000 lb
40’ HIGH CUBE
20,000 kgs - 44,000 lb
APPROX. CUBIT FEE
Cubic Capacity
20’
33.0 cbm - 1,165 cft
40’
67.3 cbm - 2,377 cft
40’ HIGH CUBE
76.0 cbm - 2,684 cft
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