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We understand that while shipping containers are more complicated than the simple box they appear to be. We've put together an FAQ section, detailed shipping container dimensions & specifications, and a little more information about us to make the process easier. If you still have some questions, please always feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Shipping Container Dimensions & Specifications

Shipping containers are held to very specific dimensional standards to ensure they can be safely stacked on top of, and below, any other shipping container in the world. Standard shipping containers are 8' wide, and are measured in TEU's (twenty-foot equivalent units). Ocean cargo containers are held to a rigid standard to ensure that there are no issues during shipping.  Each intermodal shipping container (sometimes called "conex" containers) must be able to not only stack perfectly on a cargo ship, but also lock into chassis trailers safely and securely stack on rail cars.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets the standards for shipping container dimensions (via ISO 668).

More Information About Shipping Containers

The information listed on intermodal shipping container doors is standardized so that the container can be handled at any port in the world. From the manufacturer information on the CSC plate, to the size & capacity information, to the container identification number, everything is standardized on a shipping container. Furthermore, to ensure the same equipment can safely handle the containers anywhere in the world, shipping containers are held to a very specific set of specifications and dimensions.

A sticker or plate to identify such things as High Cube containers, hazardous cargo, or other such labels.  High Cube shipping containers will also have yellow decals at the top of the frame on each end, to make the extended height more noticeable. High Cube containers have an outside height of 9'6" (one foot taller than standard shipping containers, which are 8'6" tall).

More Information About Western Container Sales (a division of Railbox Consulting)

Western Container Sales is a division of Railbox Consulting, LLC, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, MN. We are employee owned and operated, with the goal of making the process of buying and renting containers simpler for our customers.

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