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What size shipping container do I need?

Basically, your decision is whether you will want a 20′ or 40′ container.

This has to do with the length of the container. We can provide you with more technical information, but basically the outside dimension of the container are 8′ wide and either 8’6″ or 9’6″ high.

Your costs for the shipping lines and/or purchase of containers are dependent on what you require.

A major consideration is the handling at the other end. Ports globally can handle either 20′ or 40′ containers, but then the transport and other forms of infrastructure in the destination country may be of concern.

For example, some of the Pacific Island countries would struggle to handle 40′ containers outside of the port.

In general, if you intend to take your motor vehicle or boats and so on, as well as your other household furniture, then you will want a 40′ container.

But, there are no hard and fast rules. You will always have to consider how much you want to take.

But as a fairly simple rule of thumb – it is a generally accepted notion that a 20′ container is big enough to take the contents of a ‘normal’ 3 bedroom house.

Please discuss this with us.