If you are new to exporting, surely there will be doubts about the maximum amount of cargo that you can load into a shipping container.
The maximum container weight is a very important detail to take into account. An excess of cargo weight could lead to extra costs because the cargo will need to be stripped and re-stuffed into two containers, inland costs, etc.at the expense of the shipper’s account.
With the SOLAS Convention currently in force, the measures taken against containers overweight have become stricter.
SOLAS amendments say the shipper has the responsibility to provide the proper weight verification in order to load the packed container abroad a vessel.
The maximum container weight varies depending on the manufacturer and material. The capacity and dimension details can be found in container’s doors and CSC plate.
The most common type of dry containers is the 20´and the 40’ made of steel or aluminium. According to the logistics and transport company DVS, the maximum weight for these is approximate:
– 20’ DV Container:
– 40’ DV Container:
High Cube Containers (HC) are used when an extra foot in height is necessary. These are ideal containers to transport light and voluminous cargo. The maximum weight is:
-Contenedor de 40’ HC:
– 45’ HC Container:
To comply the SOLASregulation, the shipper must provide the verified actual gross mass of the container, which is the total weight of the cargo plus the tare weight of the container.