High Cube Containers: Uses, Benefits and Industries in South Africa

May 29, 2023

High cube containers are specialised shipping containers that are similar to standard containers in terms of design and construction but with increased height.

Uses of High Cube Containers:

  • Storage: High cube containers are also utilised for on-site storage solutions, providing businesses and individuals with extra space for storing equipment, supplies, or inventory.
  • International shipping: High cube containers are primarily used for transporting goods via ocean freight. They provide additional vertical space to accommodate bulky or oversized cargo.

Measurements of High Cube Containers:

  • External dimensions: High cube containers typically have a length of 40 feet (12.19 meters), a width of 8 feet (2.44 meters), and an increased height of 9 feet 6 inches (2.9 meters).
  • Internal dimensions: The internal dimensions may vary slightly, but they generally offer a length of 39 feet 5.5 inches (12.03 meters), a width of 7 feet 8.5 inches (2.35 meters), and a height of 8 feet 10.25 inches (2.7 meters).
  • Capacity: High cube containers have a maximum payload capacity of around 28 metric tons and can hold approximately 76.4 cubic meters of cargo.

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Benefits of High Cube Containers:

  • Increased capacity: The additional height of high cube containers provides more volume, allowing for the transport or storage of goods with greater dimensions or increased quantity.
  • Flexibility: High cube containers offer versatility in accommodating a wide range of cargo types, including oversized machinery, vehicles, or goods requiring extra vertical clearance.
  • Cost-effective: Using high cube containers can often be more cost-effective than alternative shipping methods or constructing additional storage facilities due to their standardised design and availability.

Industries Using High Cube Containers in South Africa:

  • Mining and construction: High cube containers are commonly employed in the mining and construction industries for transporting heavy equipment, machinery, or modular structures.
  • Agriculture and food: These containers are utilised for shipping agricultural produce, such as fruits, vegetables, or processed food products.
  • Retail and consumer goods: High cube containers are used to transport various retail products, including electronics, clothing, furniture, and appliances.
  • Manufacturing and industrial: Industries involved in manufacturing or industrial production often utilise high cube containers for transporting raw materials, finished products, or machinery.
  • Logistics and warehousing: High cube containers provide an efficient solution for storage and distribution centres, enabling streamlined inventory management and supply chain operations.

For more information contact the Almar Container Rental and Sales team on +27 031 561 6767 or email sales.za@almar.co.za

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