Different Types of Containers for Imported Goods

Different types of containers exist to transport your goods: for dry loading; ventilated; frozen; high heighted; or others; available in two dimensions: 20’ and 40’.

Brazil is one of the largest economies in Latin America and is known for being a significant importer of goods. When it comes to importing goods, the choice of container can make a significant difference in the safe and efficient transportation of goods. 

What container for your goods?

Different types of containers exist to transport your goods: for dry loading; ventilated; frozen; high heighted; or others; available in two dimensions: 20’ and 40’. Following the characteristics of the most used containers.

1. DRY CONTAINER 

The most common container used in international trade. Designed for the transport of dry cargo, such as non-perishable foods. It is usually ventilated, so there is no heat retention. Loading and unloading can be done through two rear doors. It is available in two dimensions: 20 feet (about 6 meters) and 40 feet (about 12 meters). 

20 FEET CONTAINER

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 5,905 mm
  • Width: 2,352 mm
  • Height: 2,393 mm

DOOR OPENED

  • Width: 2,286 mm
  • Height:2,278 mm

CAPACITY

  • Average Tare: 2,300 Kg
  • Nominal Capacity: 33.4 m3
  • Max, Gross Weight: 22,040 Kg

40 FEET DIMENSIOIN

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 12,033 mm
  • Width: 2,352 mm
  • Height: 2,395 mm

DOOR OPENED

  • Width:2,280 mm
  • Height:2,278 mm

CAPACITY

  • Average Tare: 3,810 Kg
  • Nominal Capacity: 67.7 m3
  • Max, Gross Weight: 26,770 Kg

2. HIGH CUBE 40’

Suitable for transporting large amounts of goods, in addition to being useful for customized projects, as it has a higher internal and external height. It exist in DRY and REEFER versions: 

HIGH CUBE DRY 40

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 12,035 mm
  • Width: 2,352 mm
  • Height: 2,700 mm

DOOR OPENED

  • Width: 2,340 mm
  • Height: 2,585 mm

CAPACITY

  • Average Tare: 4,120 Kg
  • Nominal Capacity: 76.4 m3
  • Max, Gross Weight: 26,580 Kg

HIGH CUBE REEFER 40

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 12,035 mm
  • Width: 2,352 mm
  • Height: 2,700 mm

DOOR OPENED

  • Width: 2,290 mm
  • Height: 2,535 mm

CAPACITY

  • Average Tare: 4,120 Kg
  • Nominal Capacity: 76.4 m3
  • Max, Gross Weight: 26,580 Kg

3. REEFER CONTAINER 

Reefer or refrigerated containers, as they are better known, are models with appropriate thermal insulation and a refrigerating unit to keep the internal temperature low. It is a module similar to the standard container, however, its floor, unlike the dry container’s wooden floor, has aluminum, the doors are reinforced (with steel) and stainless steel coatings.

In this way, it becomes ideal for transporting perishable loads that need conservation, such as: meat, fish, fruits and others.

REEFER 20’

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 5,549 mm
  • Width: 2,286 mm
  • Height: 2,256 mm

DOOR OPENED

  • Width: 2,286 mm
  • Height: 2,188 mm

CAPACITY

  • Average Tare: 3,300 Kg
  • Nominal Capacity: 28.6 m3
  • Max, Gross Weight: 21,110 Kg

REEFER 40’

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 11,674 mm
  • Width: 2,286 mm
  • Height: 2,509 mm

DOOR OPENED

  • Width: 2,216 mm
  • Height: 2,118 mm

CAPACITY

  • Average Tare: 4,500 Kg
  • Nominal Capacity: 66.9 m3
  • Max, Gross Weight: 25,980 Kg

4. FLAT RACK CONTAINER 

Flat rack containers are used for transporting oversized or irregularly shaped cargo, such as machinery or vehicles. They have no sides or top, allowing for easy loading and unloading.

FLAT RACK 20′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 6.000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 2,60 mm

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 32m3
  • Max. Gross Weight: 29.500 kg

FLAT RACK 40′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 12.000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 2,60 m

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 56,6m3
  • Max. Gross Weight: 40.050 kg

5. OPEN-TOP CONTAINERS 

Open-top containers are similar to dry containers but have no roof, making them ideal for transporting oversized cargo that cannot fit inside a standard container.

OPEN TOP 20′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 6,000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 2,60 m

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity:32 m3
  • Max. Gross Weight: 21.700 kg

OPEN TOP 40′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 12,000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 2,60 m

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 67.3 m3
  • Max. Gross Weight: 26.280 kg

6. TANK CONTAINERS 

Tank containers are used for transporting liquids, such as chemicals, oils, and gases. They are made of stainless steel and have a secure locking system to prevent leaks during transportation.

TANK CONTAINER 20′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 6,000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 0,022 mm

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 29m3

TANK CONTAINER 40′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 12,000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 0,062

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 67.3 m3

7. PLATFORM CONTAINERS

Platform containers are used for transporting heavy machinery, construction equipment, and other oversized cargo. They have a flat surface and are ideal for carrying cargo that cannot be loaded into a standard container.

PLATFORM CONTAINER 20′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 6,000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 0,022 mm

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 29m3

PLATFORM CONTAINER 40′

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS

  • Lenght: 12,000 mm
  • Width: 2,43 mm
  • Height: 0,062

CAPACITY

  • Nominal Capacity: 67.3 m3

In conclusion, the choice of container depends on the type of goods being transported, the distance to be covered, and the mode of transportation. Importers in Brazil have a range of options to choose from, depending on their specific needs.

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