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The high cube container

High Cube Containers are similar to standard ISO containers, but with a height of 9’6” (instead of 8’6”). Due to this, the frontal and back views make them appear like a cube, hence the name.

One of the most preferred types of containers in the shipping and logistics industry, they are also called High cube, Hi-Cube, HC, or HQ. These containers are constructed from high-endurance materials like steel and aluminum and are available as 20ft HC, 40ft HC, and 45ft containers.

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Popular uses of 20ft and 40ft high cube containers

High cube containers, like the standard containers, are used for transporting all kinds of cargo. They have a wide range of utility including:

  • Transporting all types of standard and dry goods.
  • Moving both light and heavy goods, particularly those with extra height.
  • Best fit for storing tall things, such as furniture, office equipment, or craft supplies.
  • Transformed into facilities like restaurants, offices, houses, etc.
  • The extra headspace, as compared to the standard shipping containers, is useful in the building of fake ceilings for air conditioning, heating, or ventilation.

High cube shipping containers for sale worldwide

High cube containers are one of the most commonly used container types — primarily due to the extra height. As they have a similar width to standard containers, they stack easily and have no added costs while transportation (as there are with some container types).

Due to their versatility, high cubes are one of the most traded container types on Container xChange’s trading platform. Companies across the world including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the US use the xChange trading platform to trade high cube shipping containers — in countries like China, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Poland.

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Different types of high cube shipping containers for sale

There are many high cube containers available, based on their dimensions, uses, and types, like:

  • 20ft / 40ft / 45ft Standard high cube shipping container
  • 20ft / 40ft Open Top high cube shipping container
  • 20ft / 40ft Hard Top high cube shipping container
  • 40ft Double Door high cube shipping container
  • 40ft Flat Rack high cube shipping container
  • 40ft Reefer high cube shipping container

20ft high cube container

As mentioned above, 20ft high cube containers are sturdy, wind and waterproof, suited for transportation, storage, and can be equipped with a wooden floor too. Their extra height allows the installation of internal insulation and light fittings while retaining a standard ceiling height. It also opens up the whole design during container modification and higher ceilings make the space feel larger.

20ft high cube container dimensions

Measure (for 20ft HC) External Dimensions Internal Dimensions
Length 6.1m / 20 ft 5.9m / 19.4 ft
Width 2.4 m / 8 ft  2.35m / 7.8 ft
Height 2.9 m / 9.6 ft 2.67 m / 8.9 ft

20ft high cube container dimensions

Tare Weight 2,320 kg / 5,114 lbs
Payload Capacity 28,160 kg / 62,082 lbs
Cubic Capacity 37.30 m3 / 1,317.24 ft3
Max Gross Weight 30,480 kg / 67,197 lbs

40ft high cube container

40ft high cubes have all the benefits of a 20ft HC container and offer a bigger space for accommodation, storage, or transportation. These containers are large enough to be divided into several rooms (like a 1-bedroom home). They can also be joined to create accommodation of any size and are very versatile.

40ft high cube container dimensions

Measure (for 20ft HC) External Dimensions Internal Dimensions
Length 12.2 m / 40 ft 12.03 m / 39.5 ft
Width 2.44 m / 8 ft 2.35 m / 7.8 ft
Height 2.90 m / 9.6 ft 2.67 m / 8.9 ft

40ft high cube container dimensions

Tare Weight 3,940 kg / 8,687 lbs
Payload Capacity 28,600 kg / 63,052 lbs
Cubic Capacity 76.3 m3 / 2,694.5 ft3
Max Gross Weight 32,500 kg / 71,650 lbs

40ft double door high cube shipping container

Yet another modified version of the standard high cube containers, these containers have double doors on both ends. This way, the shorter lengths of the container can work like entry and exit points. This ‘tunnel’-function makes it easier to load and unload cargo, especially when the goods need to be loaded from both sides of the container at the same time. This makes loading, unloading, and sorting of goods easier and more flexible.

40ft reefer high cube shipping container

Reefer high cube containers are required for shipping cargo that is chilled, frozen, or needs controlled temperatures. These containers can maintain the cargo at the required temperatures for the complete duration of the transit. Reefer HCs offer extra space for transporting cold cargo.

How much does a high cube container cost?

Due to the extra height, high cube shipping containers are extremely popular. The following factors play a key role in deciding the cost of a high cube container.

  • Type of Container (Standard, Reefer, Double Door, Open Top, Flat Rack)
  • Size and Dimension (20ft, 40ft, 45ft)
  • Condition of Container (New or Used)
  • Trade Type (Sale or Rental)
  • Customizations
  • Age of the Container
  • Global Market Conditions

Because of many factors affecting container prices, the costs of high cube shipping containers for sale vary. On average, a high cube container can cost between USD 1300 to USD 4500. Here’s an overview of the standard global costs:

Container Type 20ft High Cube 40ft High Cube 40ft High Cube Pallet Wide 45ft High Cube Pallet Wide
Condition Cargo-worthy (CW) CW Cargo-worthy CW
Avg. Price Worldwide

(in USD)

2849.3 3827.8 3910 3168

When you consider these criteria, estimating the cost for sale or trade of a high cube shipping container becomes easier. The most important point is that you need a reliable provider that can guarantee the container’s quality while also providing a competitive price.

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How to get the best deal on high cube shipping container for sale?

Container trading is an integral part of modern container logistics. As simple as it sounds, acquiring a great trade deal isn’t that easy. In addition to the factors listed above, the key differentiator is — who is selling the container and who wants to buy it?

Here are a few hiccups one might experience while buying or selling containers:

  • The manual process of trading is tedious and time-consuming. You may not even have a big personal network, existing partnerships, or industry experience for credible offers.
  • Due to the involvement of various third-party brokers, there is often a lack of transparency in the container trading industry. They tend to add extra costs without your knowledge, amping up the container prices, thus making it difficult to know the actual current market price.
  • The details of the seller or buyer are mostly not verified or released, making you unsure of the quality of containers purchased or the reliability of the seller.

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1. What does a used high cube container cost?

Used high cube standard shipping containers usually cost around USD 2000 (for 20ft) and USD 2200 (for 40ft).

1. How much does a 20ft high cube container cost?

The price depends on the age and condition of the high cube containers. However, a new 20ft high cube shipping container costs around USD 3000.

1. How much does a 40ft high cube container cost?

The demand of containers as well as the condition and grade of the box play major roles in the price of a 40ft high cube container. With that said, a new 40ft high cube shipping container costs on average USD 4500.

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