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The different types of container

Containers are worldwide standardized boxes/units which enable easier handling as well as smoother transportation of goods. Most common ISO containers are 8 ft. wide (2.44m) and either 20 ft. (6.096 m.) or 40 ft. (12.19 m.) long ‒ hence the abbreviations TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) or FEU (forty-foot equivalent unit).

20'

Container

  • 20' Dry Van (20DV)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 5895mm / H 2392mm / 2350mm
  • 20' Flat (20FL)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 5700mm / H 2276mm / 2235mm
  • 20' Hard Top (20HT)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 5886mm / H 2388mm / 2342mm
  • 20' Open Top (20HT)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 5895mm / H 2394mm / 2350mm
  • 20' Plate (20PL)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 336mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 335mm / 2438mm
  • 20' Tank (20TK)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 2438 - 2591mm / T 2438mm
  • 20' Reefer Container (20RF)

    Ext. dimensions: L 6058mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 5479mm / H 2257mm / 2238mm

40'

Container

  • 40' Dry Van (40DV)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 12029mm / H 2392mm / 2350mm
  • 40' Flat (40FL)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 11832mm / H 1981mm / 2228mm
  • 40' High Cube (40HC)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 12024mm / H 2697mm / 2350mm
  • 40' High Cube Flat (40HCFL)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2891mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 11600mm / H 2245mm / 2200mm
  • 40' Hard Top (40HT)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 12020mm / H 2388mm / 2342mm
  • 40' Open Top (40OT)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 12038mm / H 2370mm / 2336mm
  • 40' Plate (40PL)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 609mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 610mm / 2438mm
  • 40' Reefer Container (40RF)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 11192mm / H 2240mm / 2286mm
  • 40' Palletwide (40PW)

    Ext. dimensions: L 12192mm / H 2591mm / 2500mm
    Int. dimensions: L 11998mm / H 2350mm / 2420mm

45'

Container

  • 45' High Cube (45HC)

    Ext. dimensions: L 13716mm / H 2896mm / 2438mm
    Int. dimensions: L 13556mm / H 2695mm / 2345mm
  • 45' Palletwide (45PW)

    Ext. dimensions: L 13716mm / H 2591mm / 2500mm
    Int. dimensions: L 13556mm / H 2350mm / 2420mm
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Solas/Containerweights

New rules for Verified Gross Mass (VGM) SOLAS

Since 01.07.2016 every export container must be verified weighted before shipment. This is mandatory according to the security agreement of SOLAS. (Safety of life at sea - UN Convention on ship safety) If at the time of “VGM cut off” the VGM has not been provided, a container must not be loaded. For more official information please see the website: http://www.deutsche-flagge.de/en/safety-and-security/cargo/containers/containers?set_language=en

What do you need to do since July 1st 2016?

The VGM details need to be provided to us sufficiently in advance of vessel loading. The responsibility for obtaining and providing the verified gross mass lies with the shipper.

How to determine the VGM?

The SOLAS regulations prescribes two methods by which you as the shipper may obtain the verified gross mass of a packed container.

  • As shipper you weigh the packed and sealed container using calibrated and certified equipment.
  • As shipper you add the weight of each package stuffed in the container, add the packing and securing material and add the tare weight of the utilized container. The method itself needs to be certified and approved by a national regulatory body.

An estimated weight is not permitted. The weight so obtained shall be submitted to us in writing signed by an authorized person. An electronic submission of the document is also possible. In any case it must be clear stated in the document that it is the VGM - Verified Gross Mass.

The Am Zehnhoff-Söns Group has own port facilities in Bonn and Trier with a calibrated weighing stations. VGM Container weighing can be arranged inclusive issuing accurate weighing notes for your export container(s).

Bonn terminal

Hafenstrasse 1, D-53117 Bonn
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Phone: +49 (0) 228 6893-0

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Trier terminal

Am Moselkai 4, D-54293 Trier
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Phone: +49 (0) 651 200 625-0

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Emergency contact

From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Bonn: +49 (0) 228 6893 0
Trier: +49 (0) 651 200 625-0

Out of hours please dial:
+49 (0) 178 9503 400


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