Packaging in International Trade

  • Boxes and Pallets – for most of the goods. Standard European pallets are 120 x 80 cm and US pallets are 120 x 100 cm.
  • Containers – for large shipments and bulk cargo.

20 foot container 40 foot container
Capacity (m³) 30 60
Internal dimensions L x W x H (meters) 5.89 x 2.32 x 2.23 12 x 2.32 x 2.43
Door W x H (meters) 2.30 x 2.14 2.30 x 2.23
Maximum load (tons)  18 30


  • Barrels and Tanks – for liquids
  • Bags – for powders, agricultural products
  • Refrigerating Containers – for perishable agricultural and food products.
  • Protective Cover
    • for hopper cars (for bulk commodities such as coal, ore, grain etc.)
    • for flat rail cars and flatbed trucks (for construction materials, including raw wood, heavy and oversized equipment)

Note: If you ship climate-sensitive products don’t forget to use appropriate protection of packaging (desiccants, polymer tape, heating pad, insulation, etc).

Use extra protection layers for fragile goods.