There are many standard containers, such as the 20′ FCL, 40′ FCL, or 40′ HQ (High Cube), or any of these as open top for awkward loads such as steel, lumber, etc.

So similar to pallets there are a myriad of connotations, each depends on the type of freight.

For example there is not much difference in cost between a 40′ high cube container and a standard 40′ FCL container.

However, as the HQ can fit 76 cubic metres of goods, against the 67 cubic metres of a standard 40′ FCL, you will get considerable more of your goods in for almost the same price, so lowering the overall shipping cost per item on your landed price!

Also, another way of fitting more into your container, is to decide whether you need your goods on pallets or not, as the pallets take up room which could allow more goods to fit in, thus lowering the shipping cost per item again. Of course, there are also weight limitations which also need to be taken into account when deciding on the best container option. If you are moving goods that are temperature sensitive then a reefer (refrigerated) container would be the container for you.

If you are not sure which container you would be best for your shipment, then give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you with the calculations to find the most economic option