High cube containers are 40-foot and 20-foot containers that are an extra foot taller. They have a height of 9’6”. The extra height makes these containers especially sought after.
High cubes, in short HC, are actually similar in structure to standard containers. The length and width remain the same but the height increases by one foot. The extra room makes them a perfect solution for a variety of storage needs.
40' High cube containers tend to be more popular than 40' standard containers. High cubes are a foot taller, thus providing more space. The other benefit is that in some markets, the 40' high cube containers are cheaper than 40-foot standards.
There tend to be more 40'HC's in use for commercial shipping—a trend that is only growing. In the one-trip/”new” market, we the 40’ high cube is often the only choice as one-trip 40’ standards are not as common as one-trip 40’ high cubes.
20's do also come in the 9'6' height, but they are not as common. They are considered a specialty container and are generally only available in one-trip condition. There are several reasons why they are not as common and you can read more on our 20’ page.
If you are not sure what size or condition you are interested in, let us know. We can help you figure out what will meet your needs best. We can help you determine the right size, condition, modifications, paint and other options to ensure you get the right container for you. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.