Shipping containers are 8ft 6" high as standard. High cube shipping containers are 9ft 6" - which can be handy when the standard height just isn't quite enough. 20ft High Cube Containers are therefore 20ft long x 8ft wide x 9ft 6" high.

20ft New High Cube Shipping Container

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Important Features of a New 20ft High Cube Shipping Container
High Cube Container Features
20 FT Long, 8 FT Wide, 9.5 FT High (external) Ideal when extra storage height is required
Construction Material Constructed from High-Quality cor-ten steel Sold in New One-Trip Condition NewCondition
Delivery Location Available for Delivery throughout the UK Collection Location Available for Collection from several UK depots
Other Services Bespoke conversion work available on request Internal Flooring Material 27mm internal hardwood flooring
Item Colour External colour may vary Guaranteed Wind and Watertight

Our new 20ft 'One Trip' High Cube Shipping Containers are available for delivery throughout the UK.

These units are 9ft 6inches high as opposed to the standard 8ft 6", giving an extra 12 inches of internal height which is useful when extra head-room and internal capacity is required.

Providing an extra 30 centimeters (12 inches) of headroom, high cube units are a great choice for storage and conversions as they make standing inside the container more comfortable. This extra space is especially helpful if you plan on lining the container - as installing internal cladding will generally reduce the internal space by 3-6 inches depending on which materials you choose to use.

High Cube units are often used for transporting and securely storing machinery such as generators and equipment such as diggers - where additional height is required.

Prices of High Cube Containers

The price of high cube units does fluctuate quite regularly, the selling price depends largely on the quantity of these units available on the resale market at the given time.

High-cubes are less common than standard height units - so the price of an individual high cube is usually slightly higher than the equivalent length standard height container.

In order for us to provide you with an accurate quotation, please specify your exact delivery location when making your enquiry - this allows us to establish the best depot to select your container from and also enable us to provide an accurate delivery price.

20ft High Cube Container Construction

As with standard shipping containers, high-cubes are manufactured using high-quality cor-ten (corrosion resistant tensile stength) steel which is designed to stand up to the harsh rigours of sea conditions. New containers are manufactured in the far-east and have one 'clean' cargo over to the UK before being sold on. 

No new high-cube containers are manufactured in the UK.

Internal Flooring can vary slightly but is typically formed from 27mm hardwood.

The external paint colour is usually green or blue, but this may also vary depending on the shipping line - if you need a specific colour please let us know when you inquire.

If you require your unit for shipping, the initial CSC certification lasts for 5 years from the date of manufacture. The date of manufacture is clearly stated on the CSC plate on the double doors. CSC certification can be updated after this initial 5 year period if required, the certification verifies that the containers construction is adequate to transport goods safely and up to a stated weight limit.

The cubic capacity of a 20ft High Cube Container is approximately 37.30 mor 1320 cubic feet (this will vary slightly depending on construction methods and flooring used).

High-Cube Security

Your container can be provided with a lockbox, this is a steel box welded onto the double doors to enclose a padlock thus making it less tamper proof, we can also supply a high-security padlock if requested.

High Cube Container Delivery

Delivering a high-cube unit is much the same as a standard height unit, unless otherwise specified, we will deliver on a HIAB assisted vehicle and we will lift the box to the ground where you need it, click here for more info on our delivery process.

You can also collect your unit if you have the capability to do so - this will reduce the overall cost (as we won't charge you for delivery), please let us know during your initial enquiry if you intend to collect. 

20ft High Cube Container Sizes, Weights and Dimensions

The table below shows the internal and external dimensions of a 20ft HC Container.

Container Type 20FT High Cube Container
Condition New
External Length 20FT (6.09m)
External Width 8FT (2.44m)
External Height 9FT 6inches (2.89m)
Internal Length 19FT 3inches (5.87m)
Internal Width 7FT 7inches (2.33m)
Internal Height 8FT 9inches (2.65m)
Weight 2320kg
Cubic Capacity 1320ft3 (37.30m3)

Information is provided for guidance only, ContainerContainer do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damages resulting from use or interpretation of this information. Please contact us if you need exact measurements.

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Important Questions you should ask about New 20-ft High Cube Containers

What are the dimensions of 20-ft high cube shipping container?

All shipping containers are a created at a 'standard' size (in order to stack them during shipping), meaning all high cube containers are the same width, length and height - so they can be stacked correctly.

20 ft high cube units externally measure: 20 foot (6.1 meters) long, 8 foot (2.44 meters) wide, and 9 foot 6 inches (2.89 meters) high.

The internal dimensions of the containers may vary slightly depending on the construction materials used.

The sides of a container are in nearly all cases, corrugated. The depth of the corrugation is usually 1 inch (25mm), which means that 2 inches (50mm) is lost from the external width dimension, giving an internal width of 7 feet 10 inches (2.38 meters).

The back (blank end) of the container is also corrugated and the doors are around 2 inches (50mm) thick meaning that approximately 3 inches (75mm) is lost from the length, giving an internal length of 19 feet 9 inches (6.02 meters).

The main reduction from external to internal dimensions is with height. The floor of a standard container has an underside clearance of approximately 6 inches (150mm) and the floor has a thickness of 27mm (1.1 inches). As the roof is corrugated another 1 inch (25mm) is lost resulting in an internal dimension of around 8 inches less than external – 8ft 10 inches (2.69 meters), though this can vary slightly depending on the flooring material used.

Through the door height is further reduced because of the steel top rail above the door which is a part of the structural integrity of the container, this is 4 inches (100mm) thus reducing the entrance height of a standard high cube container to 8ft 6ins (2.59 meters), though this can vary slightly either way.

20ft High Cube External Dimensions Imperial Metric
Length 20 feet 6.1 meters
Width 8 feet 2.44 meters
Height 9 feet 6 inches 2.89 meters
20ft High Cube Internal Dimensions Imperial Metric
Length 19 feet 9 inches 6.02 meters
Width 7 feet 10 inches 2.38 meters
Height 8 feet 10 inches 2.69 meters

What is the internal capacity of a 20ft High Cube container?

The internal storage capacity of a 20 ft high cube unit is approx 37.4 cubic meters or 1320 cubic feet.

How much does a 20ft shipping container weigh?

There are three relevant weights relating to containers, the Tare Weight, the Gross Weight and the Payload (Net) Weight.

These are painted onto the outside of the container doors when it is in shipping service or before it has been repainted for another application.

The stated values below are approximate, weights may vary from one container to another.

The Container Tare Weight is the weight of the container without cargo or contents.

The Container Gross Weight is the weight of the container plus the maximum payload it can hold i.e. the maximum total weight of the container.

The Payload (or Net Weight) is the weight of the cargo or contents that a container can hold.

Typical 20 foot High Cube Container Weights Imperial Metric
Max Gross Weight 67,200 lbs 30,480 kg
Tare Weight 5115 lbs 2320 kg
Payload (Net) Weight 62,015 lbs 28,160 kg

What are new containers made of?

The short answer to this is, exactly the same materials as standard height containers, high cube units are constructed using high quality weathering cor-ten steel which is designed to stand up to the harsh rigours of sea conditions. Due to the harsh environment they are all manufactured to a high standard and are both wind and water tight to protect their cargo.

Cor-ten steel is a corrosion resistant weathering steel, used within many industries.

High quality rubber seals are used to prevent water ingress through the double-doors.

The internal flooring is typically formed from 27mm hardwood.

How long will a new shipping container last?

This will depend on how you use your container and the environment it's situated in.

A well cared for new unit should last for many years (20+) - see our care instructions for more information on caring for your container.

How will my 20 foot container be delivered?

In order to offer the best possible price, we'll source your container from the depot offering the best price.

Your container will then typically be delivered from the depot on a HIAB Lorry. The lorry mounted craine will then be used to place your container on the pre-prepared location.

Please ensure you have prepared the ground prior to your container being delivered.

Please be sure to provide us with your delivery postcode as part of your initial enquiry so we can accurately estimate delivery costs.

2 x New 20ft Shipping Container Loading Video - Containers being loaded at our depot ready for delivery to a customer

Do I need to prepare the ground before my container is delivered?

Yes - Your container should to be placed on a flat level surface.

For uneven surfaces we recommend using paving slabs to create a level the surface.

We recommend using paving slabs to allow the four corner castings of your container to sit on a solid level base.

An uneven surface can result in the container not sitting straight, this can mean the container doors may not fully open and can cause the container body to twist.

The area for your shipping container will need to be prepared before our delivery driver arrives on site.

With our delivery drivers using a HIAB lorry, please check for any overhead cables as this can mean that the HIAB cannot extend its lifting arm out to lift the container to the ground.

If you are unsure if the HIAB lorry will have sufficient space to unload your container - please make us aware of any restrictions before placing your order.

Can I collect my container?

Yes - please let us know if you are able to collect from one of our depots. Please note that unit prices do often vary from depot to depot so this could affect the price we are able to offer.

Can I convert my Container?

Yes - high cube containers are often converted for uses other than shipping and basic secure storage. Take a look at our conversions page for some examples of our recent conversion projects.

High cube units are ideally suited for conversion because of the additional height they offer, making the internal space feel more comfortable.

If you have a conversion in mind - we'd love to complete the conversion work for you - get in touch to discuss your requirements.

If you have any other questions about 20ft high cubes, or shipping containers in general - please get in touch we'd love to help you find the right container.

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