Dry containers

The most used containers in the world are dry containers. 90% of all goods shipped by sea being shipped in the dry containers. All United Arab Emirates Ports operate with dry 20’ and 40’ containers. The 9th largest container port in the world Jebel Ali Port has a capacity of handling over 15 millions TEUs per year where the second largest port in the UAE Khalifa Port has an annual container volume of 2.5 million TEUs only.

Dry containers 20' and 40' (general purpose) are manufactured from either aluminium or steel. They are suitable for most types of cargo. Aluminium dry containers have a slightly larger payload than steel, and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube.


Dry 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.

20' dry container

40' dry container


Tare weight
 2,250 kg
4,960 lbs
3,780 kg
8,330 lbs
Payload capacity
 28,230 kg 62,240 lbs 26,700 kg 58,860 lbs
Cubic capacity
33.2 m3 1,172 cu ft 67.7 m3 2,390 cu ft
Internal length
5.9 m 19.4 ft 12.03 m 39.5 ft
Internal width
2.35 m 7.8 ft 2.35 m 7.8 ft
Internal height
2.39 m 7.9 ft 2.39 m 7.9 ft
Door opening width
2.34 m 7.7 ft 2.34 m 7.7 ft
Door opening height
2.29 m 7.6 ft 2.29 m 7.6 ft
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