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What is Container?

Cargo containers, also known as shipping containers, freight containers, or ISO containers, are large, standardized steel boxes that are used to transport goods by ship, truck, and train. They are designed to be durable and secure, and can be easily loaded and unloaded, and stacked on top of each other to maximize cargo space.

What is ISO container standard?

An ISO container, also known as an intermodal container, is a standardized steel shipping container that is used for the transportation of goods by ship, truck, and train. The "ISO" in the name refers to the fact that these containers are built to comply with the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) specifications.

ISO containers are designed to be easily loaded and unloaded, and can be stacked on top of each other to maximize cargo space. They are also built to be durable and secure, and can withstand harsh weather conditions and rough handling during transportation. One of the key advantages of ISO containers is that they can be easily transferred between different modes of transportation, such as ship, truck, and train, without the need for repackaging or re-handling of the cargo. This reduces the risk of damage to the goods and saves time and costs in the transportation process.

ISO containers come in a variety of sizes and types, including 20ft and 40ft standard containers, 40ft high-cube (HC) containers, flat rack containers, open-top containers, and refrigerated containers. Each type of container is designed to meet the specific needs of certain industries or types of cargo.

In the cargo transportation industry, Tân Thanh Container, an ISO container provider, can help you choose the right container for your specific needs and ensure that it complies with ISO standards and regulations.

Type of Cargo Container

There are several types of cargo containers, including:

  • 20ft standard containers, which are the most common type and are used to transport a wide variety of goods.
  • 40ft standard containers, which are similar to 20ft containers but are longer and can hold more cargo.
  • 40ft high-cube (HC) containers, which are similar to 40ft standard containers but are taller and can hold even more cargo.
  • Flat rack containers, which have collapsible sides and are used to transport oversized or oddly-shaped cargo.
  • Open-top containers, which have a removable top and are used to transport tall or bulky cargo.
  • Refrigerated containers, which are used to transport perishable goods and are equipped with refrigeration units.

Types of Container Symbols

DC (Dry Container - Symbol for Dry Container)

What is a dry container symbol? - Dry containers are denoted ST (short for Standard). Dry container has the English name of Dry container or is known by another name as GP (short for General Purpose).

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HC (High Cube - High Container Symbol)

The tall container is denoted as HC (short for High Cube).

ký hiệu container HC

RE (Reefer - Symbol for Refrigerated Container)

What is reefer container symbol? Reefer containers according to international conventions have the symbol RE (short for Reefer).

Ký hiệu container lạnh RE

HR (High Cube Reefer - Symbol for High Reefer Container)

High reefer containers are designated as HR (short for High Cube Reefer).

HR High cube reefer

OT (Open Top - Open Top Container Symbol)

Open top container is denoted as OT (short for Open Top).

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FR (Flat Rack - Open side Container Symbol)

Open side containers are designated FR (short for Flat Rack).

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Details of the size of the containers

10 feet container dimensions details

10 feet container is the smallest container size, this type is not commonly used for transportation because of its low cargo weight. However, the 10-foot container is preferred to be used as a stall container, cafe container, office container, warehouse container, toilet container ...

Dimension details of 10 feet container:

Overall dimension Long 6.606 20 ft
Wide 2.440 8 ft
Hight 2.590 8 ft 6 in
Internal dimension Long 5.898 19 ft 4.2 in
Wide 2.352 7 ft 8.6 in
Hight 2.395 7 ft 10.3 in
Door Open Hight 2.280 7 ft 5.8 in
Wide 2.340 7 ft 8.1 in
Volume 33.2 m3
Tare weight 2,200 kg
Net tonnage 28,280 kg
Max gross 30, 480 kg

20 feet container dimensions details

20 feet container is used quite commonly, according to world ISO standards, the maximum cargo weight of 20 feet container is 28,280 kg (according to specifications). However, in Vietnam, a 20-foot container is only allowed to carry 20,320 kg of raw goods (according to TCVN 6273:200).

Dimension details of 20 feet container:

Overall dimension Long 2.991 9 ft 9.8 in
Wide 2.438 8 ft
Hight 2.591 8 ft 6 in
Internal dimension Long 2.828 9 ft 3.3 in
Wide 2.350 7 ft 8.5 in
Hight 2.381 7 ft 9.7 in
Door Open Hight 2.291 7 ft 6.2 in
Wide 2.336 7 ft 8 in
Volume 16 m3
Tare weight 1,350 kg
Net tonnage 8,810 kg
Max gross 10,160 kg

40 feet container dimensions details

The size of a 40 feet container is twice that of a 20 feet container. Thanks to its large size and high cargo capacity, a 40 feet container is often preferred instead of using 2 types of 20 feet containers,, saving costs and time in loading and unloading goods.

Size details of 40 feet container:

Overall dimension Long 12.190 40 ft
Wide 2.440 8 ft
Hight 2.590 8 ft 6 in
Internal dimension Long 12.032 39 ft 5.7 in
Wide 2.350 7 ft 8.5 in
Hight 2.392 7 ft 10.2 in
Door Open Hight 2.280 7 ft 5.8 in 
Wide 2.330 7 ft 7.7 in
Volume 67.634 m3
Tare weight 3,730 kg
Net tonnage 26,750 kg
Max gross 30,480 kg

45 feet container dimensions details

From the outside, a 45 feet container is not much different from a 40 feet container. Therefore, the 45 feet container size will usually be noted on the side of the container.

Dimension details of 45 feet container:

Loại thông số Mét Feet
Overall dimension Long 13.716 45 ft
Wide 2.500 8 ft 2.4 in
Hight 2.896 9 ft 6 in
Internal dimension Long 13.556 44 ft 5.7 in
Wide 2.438 8 ft
Hight 2.695 8 ft 10.1 in
Door open Hignt 2.585 8 ft 5.8 in
Wide 2.416 7 ft 11.1 in
Volume 86.1 m3
Tare weight 4,800 kg
Net tonnage 25,680 kg
Max gross 30,480 kg

Aggregation of the most popular container product lines on the market today

Reefer Container 

Tan Thanh Reefer container with outstanding advantages such as: American imported indoor unit (Thermo King, Carrier, Daikin, Mitsubishi). 100% stainless steel chiller protection frame. Standard temperature control and ensure good food management. Compact size for easy carrying. Insulation technology saves up to 15% of refrigerant material compared to conventional refrigerants.

Container stores

The container store (container shop/booth container) is a regular container redesigned to suit the business purposes of each customer. Container booths can be used to make coffee containers and sales containers,...

Storage Container

Storage Container is also known as General purpose container. It is a type of container used to store and store goods in transport. Dry containers are often used in sea and land transportation and used as warehouses to store goods.

Office containers

An office container is a container with the same size as a regular container but designed to be an office. Office containers have all the functions and optimal equipment like other normal offices.

Container house

Container house are containers that have been converted into houses, suitable for residential purposes. Container houses can be hung above or placed under the surface depending on the preferences of each person.

Open top container

An open top container, also known as an opentop container, is a type of container without a roof, designed to be convenient for loading and unloading goods through the roof of the container. After packing, the roof of the container will be covered with canvas to prevent rain and wind from affecting the goods. This type of container is used to transport machinery and equipment.

Open-walled container

The open-walled container has a side part that is fitted with additional sets of doors to serve loading and unloading goods. This type of container is designed to be extremely convenient in the process of transporting goods with large sizes and quantities.

Tank Containers

Tank containers have containers designed quite like a large tank. Tank containers basically consist of an ISO frame in which a tank is attached, usually used to transport liquid goods such as alcohol, chemicals, food.

Container Clinic

Clinic container is a normal container, designed from a dry container to be suitable for medical purposes and can be moved conveniently to many different places. Inside the clinic container is equipped with modern equipment and scientifically installed suitable for mobile medical examination. Clinic containers can be used as mobile clinics, disease control stations, etc.

Container Sanitary

Container Sanitaries are renovated from used containers. Having a convenient function like a normal toilet, the container sanitaries usually serves the daily needs of officials and workers at the construction site. This type of container brings mobility and high efficiency.

"Quality products - Professional service" is the core factor that helps Tan Thanh become the leading container supplier in the market.

Common FAQs

Common FAQs about cargo containers include:

  • What is the maximum weight a cargo container can hold?
    • The maximum weight a cargo container can hold is typically around 67,200 pounds or 30,480 kg. However, it's important to note that the maximum weight a container can hold also depends on factors such as the type of cargo, the stacking configuration, and the condition of the container.

  • How long do cargo containers last?
    • Cargo containers are built to withstand harsh weather conditions, and can last for many years if they are properly maintained. On average, a cargo container has a lifespan of around 20-25 years.

  • What are the dimensions of a 20ft container?
    • The dimensions of a 20ft container are typically 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet 6 inches high.

  • Can cargo containers be used for storage?
    • Yes, cargo containers can be used for storage. They are durable, secure, and weather-resistant, making them an ideal option for storing goods. They are also readily available, and can easily be transported to different locations. Many companies, including Tân Thanh Container, provide customized solutions for container storage and modification to meet specific needs.

Tân Thanh Container - Specialized in providing international standard containers

Tân Thanh Container is a premier container manufacturer in Vietnam, serving clients worldwide for over 27 years. We specialize in producing high-quality container products that cater to diverse industry needs, including storage containers (cargo containers), refrigerated containers, office containers, sanitary, container houses, open side, container clinics, and customized containers of any size and weight.

We take pride in our commitment to quality and reliability and use the latest technology and equipment to ensure that our containers are built to last. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and support, and we work closely with our customers to meet their unique needs.

We offer a wide range of custom container options, including modifications to size, weight, and materials, to ensure that we can meet the specific requirements of our customers. We provide flexible pricing to accommodate different budgets and offer a significant order quantity discount.

Our products have been sold in many countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Cambodia, and Myanmar. We have an increased sales presence in America and Asia and offer global warranty services, quick support, transportation-added services, and global shipping to ensure that our products can be delivered to customers anywhere in the world.

At Tân Thanh Container, we understand that transportation can challenge some customers. We provide comprehensive transportation services, including loading, unloading, and delivery. Our team of professionals will ensure that your containers are delivered safely and on time, making your experience with us as seamless and hassle-free as possible.

If you're looking for a reliable and experienced container manufacturer, Tân Thanh Container is your best choice. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services or to request a custom container quotation. You can reach us at or call our Quick Support team at +84 968 039 939 (GMT +7, 8:00 to 17:30). Visit our website at to learn more about our products and services.

We look forward to working with you on your container project.

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