Popular Dimensions of Commercial Shipping Crates & Barrels


When it comes to the warehouse and shipping industries, there are a wide variety of shipping crates and barrels that are used in order to get the job done. Given the diversity of products and goods that are shipped all over the world, there is no one-size-fits-all solution that is going to work. Each product is unique and requires a different solution in order to have it transported safely from one place to another. One of the criteria that separates the shipping mediums from one another is size.

In this brief article, we are going to present the most common types of shipping crates and barrels used, along with their dimensions. This will provide you with a brief overview of the shapes and sizes that you can expect to see if you ever work in the section of any industry that involves a heavy volume of shipping. If you are ever interested in exploring the topic further, there is an abundance of shipping containers to look at.

Gallon Drums

These are the containers that are most frequently used. Made out of steel, they can carry a wide variety of products that range from food items to more hazardous chemicals. With a diameter of roughly 22.5 inches and a height of around 33.5 inches, these drums can hold up to 55 US gallons. They come with a closed head (includes a sealed lid) or an open head (no sealed lid) depending on the needs of the individual and the product being carried.

Dry Storage Container

This container is also commonly used in the shipping industry and comes in several sizes: 10-foot, 20-foot and 40-foot (in length). Despite the fact that these containers may be the same in design, each size will have a different kind of handling configuration in the interior to match the type of material that is being handled and make offloading far easier.

The width and height for these containers tend to be the same, among them, at around 7’ 9” for the width and 7’ 6” for the height. There are more types that have open tops, doors on both ends, and more!


Refrigerated ISO Containers

These are shipping containers that are specially designed to regulate its contents at a low, controlled temperature. If you have every transported something that is perishable or subject to degradation at higher temperatures, you might understand why a product like this is necessary. These containers are either 20 feet or 40 feet long, depending on the quantity being shipped, with the width being around 7’ 9” and the height being around 7 feet tall.

Tank Containers

This is not a container in the traditional sense, especially not compared to the ones that have been featured so far. This is a framework that is designed to hold a tank that usually contains oils or some kind of chemical that needs to be tightly sealed. These frameworks are usually 20 feet in length, 8 feet in width, and 8.5 feet in height. The tanks that fit into these containers can fit up to 26,000 liters of liquid.

Half Height Containers

As the name implies, these are containers that are roughly half the height of your typical dry storage container. These steel-based containers are used for materials that require ease during the loading and unloading stages of the shipping process. They are around 10 feet in height, up to 8 feet wide, and around 7.5 feet tall.


Even though there are different sizes and dimensions among these crates and barrels, they are usually minute and easy to detect with a simple measurement. Most of them tend to look the same while serving a different purpose that depends on the material that is being transported.


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