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# How many cubic meters are in a 40-foot container?

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A regular 40-foot shipping container has 2,391 cubic feet or 67.7 cubic meters of volume. A 40-foot-high cube shipping container has 2,700 cubic feet or 76.5 cubic meters of volume.

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A regular shipping container is 8 feet 6 inches high. A high cube shipping container is a foot taller, at 9 feet 6 inches high. Shipping container sizes are standardized and regulated so that different companies and transport mechanisms, such as railways, trucks and ships, can all handle the same shipping containers with one set of equipment. Standard shipping containers come in 20-foot, 40-foot and 53-foot lengths. The 53-foot size is not commonly used. Two 40-foot-high cube containers can be stacked and transported by most rail systems, making them the most efficient size for shipping.

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Cubic meters, which measure volume, are converted to tons, which measure mass, by multiplying the number of cubic meters of a substance by its density in units of cubic meters per ton. Density is a physical property defined as the mass of a substance per unit volume.

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Cubic meters are calculated by finding the volume of an object. Wolfram MathWorld lists 15 volume formulae that aid in calculating an object's volume.

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A ton is a measure of weight, whereas a cubic meter is a measure of volume, so the material must be known to be able to convert the units. One ton of pure water is equal to 1 cubic meter.