hi, my name is karen and im 55 yrs old, never good at maths but im wanting to start a small business..can you tell me how many cubic square metres are in a 20 foot container...i want to import some furniture etc from indonesia...thank you....much appreciated


Hi Karen.

According to my sources, a general purpose dry 20 foot container used in ocean cargo is normally 8 ft wide and 8.5 ft high. The volume of that container is the length times the width times the height:

20 x 8 x 8.5 = 1360 cubic feet.

To convert from cubic feet to cubic meters, we can figure out a conversion factor based on the linear relationship: .0254 m = 1 inch. So, 1 cubic foot = (12 x 12 x 12) cubic inches = 1728 cubic inches = 1728*(.0254)3 cubic meters = 0.02832 cubic meters

Multiply the cubic feet by the conversion factor to get cubic meters:
1360(0.02832) = 38.5 cubic meters.

Remember that this assumes no air space left at all after you fill it!

Stephen La Rocque>