What are the main differences between 40FT and 40HQ containers?

In most cases exporters and importers know 20ft and 40ft containers but they are not familiar with 40Hq containers.

Today I would like to introduce you the 40hq container by comparing its main features to the 40ft standard container.

What does general purpose freight container mean?

General purpose freight container is the most common container type used in global sea transportation. 

These types of containers are totally enclosed so that the goods inside the container have no contact with the outer environment during the carriage. 

They have rigid roofs, rigid side walls, rigid end walls and a floor. At least one of theirs end walls equipped with doors allowing easy loading and unloading of the goods. 

As said earlier they intended to be suitable for the transport of cargo of the greatest possible variety. As a result they are the most common freight container types in circulation.


Which freight containers will be accepted as general purpose containers?

20ft, 40ft and 40Hq containers are classified as general purpose containers in international logistics.

What is a 40FT freight container?

40ft container is a general purpose container which is suitable for carriage of most of the consumer goods such as canned food stuff, textiles, shoes, electronic equipment, home appliances etc.

What are the technical specifications of a 40FT freight container? 
  • The interior length of the 40ft container is 12.024 millimeter but you should get it 12.000 millimeter or 12 meter when calculating container loading plan. 
  • The interior width of the 40ft container is 2.350 millimeter. Please keep in mind that all general purpose containers 20ft, 40ft and 40hq have the same interior width which is 2350 millimeter. 
  • The interior height of the 40ft container is 2.390 millimeter. 
  • Finally max payload of a 40ft container is 26.700kgs but please keep in mind that you may not be able to load more than 23-23,5mtons into a 40ft container due to weight limits for road and rail transport in most of the countries.
What is a 40HQ freight container?
  • Although it is not very well known by the exporters and importers, 40hq container is a general purpose container just like 20ft and 40ft containers. It is also suitable for carriage of consumer goods such as canned food stuff, textiles, shoes, electronic equipment, home appliances etc.

What are the technical specifications of a 40HQ freight container?
  • The interior length of the 40HQ container is 12.024 millimeter but you should get it 12.000 millimeter or 12 meter when calculating container loading plan. 
  • The interior width of the 40HQ container is 2.350 millimeter. Please keep in mind that all general purpose containers 20ft, 40ft and 40hq have the same interior width which is 2350 millimeter. 
  • The interior height of the 40HQ container is 2.697 millimeter. This is the real difference between a 40ft container and 40hq container. 
  • Finally max payload of a 40hq container is 26.460kgs but please keep in mind that you may not be able to load more than 23-23,5mtons into a 40hq container due to weight limits for road and rail transport in most of the countries.

What are the differences between 40FT and 40HQ containers? 

The length and width of the both containers are the same. As a result the main difference between a 40FT container and 40HQ container is their height.


The height of the 40ft container is 2.390 millimeter; on the other hand the height of the 40HQ container is 2.697 millimeter. As a result you can load more goods into the 40HQ container. 

The capacity of the 40ft container is 67,7 m3; whereas the capacity of the 40hq container is 76,3 m3.

When a 40HQ container should be preferred?

If your cargo volume is between 68-75m3 and the gross weight is not more than 23mtons, you can choose a 40HQ container in order to benefit from the freight costs. 

Otherwise you have to load your goods into 1x40ft and 1x20ft containers. 

Remember the gross weight of your goods is very important. 

You have to check it with your forwarder and local transporter before booking a container.
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