How Many Boxes Fill A Container?

Ever tried to figure out how many pallets or how many boxes will fit into a container?

Let me show you a simple way which will assist you in calculating how many containers

you require to ship at a time. What you will need to know prior to making the calculation is

the internal dimensions of a container.

I am going to concentrate on the 20ft General Purpose and the 40ft General Purpose


Internal Dimensions of 20ft GP (6 metre dry container)

Length x Width x Height

590cm x 235cm x 239cm

Internal Dimensions of 40ft GP (12 metre dry container)

Length x Width x Height

1203cm x 235cm x 239cm

[For this exercise to work all your pallets or boxes must be of equal size]


If you have a pallet 110cm (Length) x 110cm (Width) x 120cm (Height) and you are

packing a 20ft GP container.

Divide your Length of pallet into Length of Container

590 div 110 = 5, 36

Divide your Width of pallet into Width of Container

235 div 110 = 2, 13

Divide your Height of pallet into Height of Container

239 div 120 = 1, 99

(Drop the numbers after the comma)

Now multiply your answers

5 x 2 x 1

= 10

consequently 10 Pallets will fit into a 20ft GP container.

*You can do the same calculation for a 40ft GP container (12 metre dry)

Now that you know exactly how many containers you will require to ship, your costing per shipment will be much more accurate than a insignificant guessing game. With this in mind, I wish you every bit of success in your future shipments!

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