Overview of the different container types and sizes


When it comes to the transport of goods, container shipping is the most economical way. KINGFU provides you access to the wide range of standard and special container types of all cooperating carriers.


Containers vary in dimension, weight and design features. Here you will find an overview of the different types of containers to help you identify the right container for your goods.


Containers vary in dimension, weight and design features. Here you will find an overview of the different types of containers to help you identify the right container for your goods.


20-foot and 40-foot containers are the most common container sizes (outer dimension).


What are the different types of containers?

Please note:  There might be differences, e.g. in dimension and weight, depending on the chosen carrier, as containers vary based on their manufacturer. Please contact us should you have special equipment-related requirements for your shipment.


General purpose / Standard container


  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • These standard containers are suitable for any general cargo, mostly packed in euro pallets or in boxes, such as toys or technical devices
  • They have various lashing devices on the top and bottom longitudinal rails and corner post

Standard container 20'


Standard container 40'



Standard container 40' HC (High cube)



Open top container

  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’
  • Open top containers have a removable tarpaulin, making them the best option for overheight cargo
  • Loading is possible either from top side or door side

Loading is possible either from top side or door side


Open top 40'



Flat rack

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • Especially suitable for heavy loads and oversized cargo that do not fit into a standard container, such as construction equipment or heavy machinery

Flat rack 20'



Flat rack 40'



Refrigerated container


  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ High Cube
  • These containers do have their own electrically operated cooling/heating unit
  • Ideal for shipping fruit and vegetables on long distances
  • Click here for more information about reefer logistics 

Further special containers


Platform container


  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’
  • This container is a platform without side and end-walls
  • An ideal solution for heavy loads and oversized cargo when the use of a flat rack or open top container is not possible

Ventilated container


  • 1 size (in feet): 20’
  • Especially for cargo which needs ventilation, like the transport of cacao beans or coffee beans

Hardtop container

  • 3 sizes (in feet): 20’ / 40’ / 40’ High Cube
  • Equipped with a removable steel roof
  • Loading through roof opening and doorway
  • Ideal for heavy loads that need to be loaded through the roof or doors using a forklift

Insulated container


  • 2 sizes (in feet): 20’ or 40’
  • These containers do not have their own cooling facility
  • The cooling/heat is supplied by an on-board Conair plant, by the terminal or by a “clip-on” reefer unit

Flexi Tank container

  • 1 size (in feet): 20’
  • They are one of the most effective transportation methods for bulk cargo
  • Especially designed for the transport of liquid food, e.g. alcohols, fruit juices, edible oils

If you transport your goods with KINGFU, you have access to our extensive network and all equipment types offered by the cooperating carriers. Contact us now to find the right shipping solution for you.