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
Shipping 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

NEW 20ft 'One Trip' High Cube Shipping Containers available for delivery throughout the UK, these units are 9ft 6in high as opposed to the standard 8ft 6in, giving an extra 12 inches of internal height which is useful when extra height is required.

Providing an extra foot (12 inches) of headroom, high cube units are a great choice for storage and conversions as they make standing inside the container more comfortable, especially 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.

High Cube Pricing

The price of high cube units does fluctuate quite regularly, the price depends largely on the quantity of these units available at the given time. High-cube units are less common than standard height units - so the price of an individual high cube is usually 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 (postcode) when making your enquiry - this allows us to establish the best container depot to select your container from and also 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 China and have one clean cargo over to the UK before being sold on. This explains the term 'one trip' often used to describe new containers.

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 overseas, 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, 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 1317.237 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 supply a high-security padlock if requested. Other customisations such as external painting or internal dry lining can also be carried out depending on your intended use for the unit.

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 (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).

If you are able to collect please let us know during your initial enquiry. For delivery, please be sure to provide us with your delivery postcode on the enquiry form below.

We generally have extensive stocks of New 20ft High Cube's in the UK ready for immediate delivery. Please fill in our enquiry form below for a personalised quotation, including any questions you may have regarding delivery or the units themselves.

20 ft Container Sizes, Weights and Dimensions

The table below includes all common 20ft shipping containers with information on sizes, weights and internal capacity.

Container Type Condition External Length External Width External Height Internal Length Internal Width Internal Height Weight* Cubic Capacity*
20FT Standard Height Container Used 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) 2170kg 1131ft3 (32.14m3)
20FT Standard Height Container New 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) 2170kg 1131ft3 (32.14m3)
20FT High Cube Container New 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 9FT 6inches (2.89m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 8FT 9inches (2.65m) 2320kg 1320ft3 (37.30m3)
20FT Open Top Container New & Used 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) *OT 2300kg *OT 1131ft3 (32.14m3) *OT
20FT Tunnel Container New & Used 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8Ft 6inches (2.59m) *TU 7FT 7inches (2.33m) 7FT 9inches (2.35m) 2340kg  *TU 1131ft3 (32.14m3) *TU
20FT Side Opening Container New 20FT (6.09m) 8FT (2.44m) 8FT 6inches (2.59m) 19FT 3inches (5.87m) 7FT 6inches (2.3m) *SO 7FT 9inches (3.35m) 2360kg *SO 11ft3 (32.14m3) *SO
*OT - Open Top Container Internal Height, Weight and Cubic Capacity is affected by the removal of the solid roof
*TU - Tunnel Container Internal Length, Weight & Cubic Capacity is reduced by the 2nd set of container doors added to the end of the contiainer. 
*SO - Side Opening Container Internal Width, Weight and Cubic Capacity is reduced by the additional side doors added to the container.

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.

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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