The loadable volume of a conventional 40-foot-long shipping container is roughly 55 to 58 cubic metres (CBM). The volume is around 70 CBM in total.
Containers are used to move goods by sea, land, and air in an efficient and cost-effective manner. They are available in a variety of conventional lengths, with the 40-foot length being one of the most common. The dimensions of standard shipping containers are approximately 8 feet wide by 8 feet height, although the actual dimensions vary slightly depending on the container type. Simply multiply the length, height, and width of the shipping container to determine its volume. The dimensions of a 40-foot container are 40 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet, or 2,560 cubic feet. One cubic foot equals approximately 0.028 cubic metres, so the metric volume of a 40-foot container is approximately 72 cubic metres, or 2,560 times 0.028. (CBM). To allow for loading and unloading of the container, the loadable volume is slightly less than the overall volume.