Container Dimensions and Load Capacity

How many bamboo poles fit in a container? The answer of course depends on the size of the container and the diameter and length of the bamboo. As a general rule of thumb, a 40ft container can load 140% more bamboo than a 20ft container. Why that extra 40% if a 40ft container is exactly twice the size of a 20ft container you might think? Well that's because there exist 2 types of 40ft ocean containers; a 40' Standard and a 40' High Cube container of which the latter is 31 cm taller. 

In terms of international shipping costs, price differences between shipping a 40' Standard or 40' High Cube container are exactly the same (although a 40' HQ can carry more volume). For that reason we only use 40' HQ containers as clients can transport more bamboo without having to pay extra for the transport.

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Standard 20' Container

Inside Length 5.89 m
Inside Width 2.33 m
Inside Height 2.38 m
Capacity 33.13 m³
Max. Cargo 21.727 kg
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High Cube 40' Container

Inside Length 12.01 m
Inside Width 2.33 m
Inside Height 2.69 m
Capacity 76.28 m³
Max. Cargo 26.512 kg
 

Bamboo Poles

Bamboo poles come in many different diameters which obviously influences the loading capacity of the container. The smaller the diameter the more units fit in a container. In the charts below you can see the average loading capacity per diameter class and per container type.

Bamboo is a natural product which means one pole is never exactly the same as the other. Some may differ slightly in diameter and others might have a slight curve which all affect the final load capacity. Therefore the final count and invoice can only be established after loading the container.

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Standard 20' Container

Diameter (cm) Length (m) Quantity
6 - 8 5.8 790
8 - 10 5.8 500
10 - 12 5.8 350
12 - 14 5.8 260
14 - 16 5.8 200

High Cube 40' Container

Diameter (cm) Length (m) Quantity
6 - 8 6 1880
8 - 10 6 1200
10 - 12 6 840
12 - 14 6 610
14 - 16 6 470
 

Crushed Bamboo Mats

Crushed bamboo mats have a standard length of 4 meter and are between 30 and 40 cm wide. The average thickness of a crushed bamboo mat is around 1 cm. A 20' container can load just one stack whereas a 40' container can load three stacks (3 x 4 m = 12 m).

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Standard 20' Container

Height (mm) Width (cm) Length (m) Quantity
10 35 4 1100

High Cube 40' Container

Height (mm) Width (cm) Length (m) Quantity
10 35 4 3760
 

Mixed Containers

Bamboo importers who require a variety of pole diameters or bamboo products shipped in the same container are most welcome to contact us for a customized quote.