Shipping containers are one of the most popular methods of transporting goods safely and securely over long distances. With a wide variety of containers for sale in a range of sizes and styles, it is crucial that you pick the right one for your specific needs. To help you make the best choice, here is our guide on choosing the right size shipping containers for transporting your cargo safely.

1. Check Your Cargo

The first step to choosing the right shipping container is to consider the type of cargo you have and how much of it you need to send. Different types of goods will have their own weight and size requirements as well as specific conditions such as requiring refrigeration. While bulk cargo might benefit from larger container options, more fragile goods might be better off in smaller containers for manageability.

Therefore, you should carefully assess the specific requirements for the cargo you wish to send before deciding on a container.

2. Understand the Dimensions

Another factor to take note of is the dimensions of the shipping container you plan to use. The reason for this is that it will give you a better understanding of the internal volume of the container so you know how much it can hold. By checking the internal dimensions you can judge whether you can load goods efficiently as they are or if additional measures are needed to pack goods away securely inside.

See our complete guide to container dimensions to help you.

3. Calculate the Volume

To measure the freight volume of your container you will need to calculate the length, width and height of the container. Then, multiply these values to get the total volume overall. With this value in mind calculate the volume for each item to be shipped. Add together the volume of each item so you can compare the volume needed in comparison to the volume allowed by the shipping container you are considering for purchase.

4. Compare Container Types

Shipping containers come in a range of sizes, with some of the most common being 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers. Yet size is not the only difference between containers. Many include different features such as refrigeration containers for perishable items or side access containers for larger objects.

Therefore, it is important to consider all the features a container has to offer as well as volume and internal dimensions to protect your cargo.

5. Select the Right Container

With the size, volume, internal dimensions and features you need in mind, you are ready to choose the right container for your needs. Other factors to consider before making your final decision include budget and safety measures, as well as how compatible the container is with your distribution methods.

Once these measures are met you can choose the right storage containers for your needs.


Contact us right away to learn how we can help you obtain the shipping container you need. Aside from standard containers, high cube containers and side access containers are also available. Feel free to reach us through the form below, or visit our website for more information.

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