Shipping containers Vs. Sea Containers Vs. ISO Container

sea containers iso containers

In the intermodal industry, shipping containers has many different names and ways of addressing them. They can be known as dry container, ISO container, sea containers, container vans, (General Purpose) GP container etc.

Under our shipping containers for sale category in Joy Containers. In order to avoid any confusion, we shall term the most common shipping container in the industry as shipping container (dry) to filter them out from the many different types of shipping containers to avoid any confusion.

The shipping container (dry) comes in two main sizes which comprise of the 20ft shipping container and 40ft shipping container. Other more uncommon sizes include 10ft shipping container and 45ft shipping container which are not very common. 10ft shipping container usually comes in new boxes or are modified from the 20ft shipping container. 45ft shipping container due its longer size is often not suitable for the Australia industry as some local ports and transportation or logistics industry players have issue of handling them often resulting to higher overall shipping container prices.

20ft shipping container

Shipping container (dry) also comes in 2 different height sizes. While maintaining the length and width of the standard shipping container sizes or shipping container dimensions, the most common shipping container is of 2.6m height whereas the high cube container is of 2.9m height. The extra height brings a lot of convenience when the cargo is much higher or when home owner requires a higher internal ceiling for their shipping container homes. 40ft high cube container is often more available than the 20ft high cube container in the used shipping containers for sale market.


Shipping containers are further categorised into open top container, reefer container (refrigerated container), flat rack and shipping container homes

shipping container homes

For more information on the other shipping container equipments, you may visit the individual link to find out more.

In summary, solving the equation, whether it be shipping containers (dry), sea containers or ISO containers. They all just mean the same thing.