What Storage Container Weight is Right for Me? 

If your business or job site is in the market for mobile storage rental, it can be hard to know not only what size of container you require for your business needs, but also the size and weight of it when being used to transport or ship equipment or inventory. 

When you work with A1 Mobile Storage Leasing, you and your business will get the best quality mobile storage containers, as well as the most affordable prices in the industry. Not only that, but we also strive to provide our clients with the right resources they need to pick the right type of container, but to also stay educated on what your container might entail. 

How Much Do Storage Containers Weigh? 

When using mobile storage containers for commercial or professional use, knowing the storage container weight before you fill it with cargo, inventory, or equipment is imperative for both safety and logistical reasons. 

Though most storage container weights are standardized to be in accordance with state laws, knowing your weight will keep you from overloading your container and shipping it improperly. 

Before we get into the different weight measurements of storage containers, let’s discuss the different types of weight measurements involved with storage containers. 

One of these types of weight associated with mobile storage containers is the ‘payload weight’. This type of weight refers to the maximum amount of weight you can put into an empty storage container.

The ‘gross weight’ is the weight of the mobile container plus the maximum contents the unit can hold. 

The last type of weight is the ‘tare weight’. The term ‘tare weight’ refers to empty shipping container weight. This type is calculated by subtracting the payload weight from maximum gross weight.

20 foot Shipping Container Weight

The tare weight of a 20ft shipping container is around 5,071lbs. The payload weight of a 20ft shipping container is 50,055lbs, and the gross weight is 55,126lbs. This means that a 20ft empty shipping container weighs 5,071 lbs by itself, and can hold over 50,000 lbs. 

As you can see, these storage containers hold a huge amount of weight, especially in comparison to the weight of the containers themselves. This makes them extremely durable and extremely sturdy. 

40 foot Shipping Container Weight

The tare weight of a 40ft shipping container is 8,554 lbs. The payload weight of a 40ft storage container is 58,642 lbs, and the maximum gross weight is 67,196 lbs.

20 foot and 40 foot storage containers are the most popular types of storage containers there are, but our network of providers also offer a wide array of container types and variations of inventory. 

When you use A1 Mobile Storage Leasing for your business’ mobile storage needs, you’ll receive not only the highest quality containers for your money, but also the most flexible leasing options and customer service from our expert team of storage professionals.