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Container Specifications


Welcome to Direct Express Inc., your trusted partner in international auto shipping. When it comes to transporting your vehicle overseas, it’s crucial to understand container specifications and vehicle consolidation loading to ensure a smooth and efficient shipping process. In this guide, we’ll provide you with essential information on container specifications and the benefits of vehicle consolidation loading.

Container Specifications and Vehicle Consolidation Loading

1. Container Types:

    • Standard Containers (20′ and 40′): These containers are the most common choice for shipping vehicles. A 20-foot container can typically accommodate one standard-sized car, while a 40-foot container can hold two cars. These containers are sealed and secure, protecting your vehicle from external elements.
    • High Cube Containers (40′ HC): Similar to the standard 40-foot container but with extra vertical space. High cube containers are ideal for taller vehicles or those with roof-mounted accessories. This additional height ensures that even large SUVs and trucks can be comfortably accommodated.
    • 45′ High Cube Containers (45′ HC): These containers offer even more space, suitable for shipping multiple vehicles or larger, oversized vehicles. They are perfect for transporting larger SUVs, vans, or trucks while maintaining the advantages of high cube containers, including increased interior height.

2. Open vs. Closed Containers:

  • Open-Top Containers: Ideal for vehicles with a height that exceeds standard container dimensions. These containers have a removable top, making it easy to load taller vehicles.
  • Closed Containers: Provide maximum protection against weather conditions, ensuring your vehicle arrives in the same condition it was loaded.

3. Specialized Containers:

  • Flat Rack Containers: Suitable for shipping vehicles that cannot fit into standard containers due to their size or shape. They are open on the sides and can carry oversized or heavy vehicles.
  • Refrigerated Containers: Used for shipping temperature-sensitive vehicles, such as classic cars or motorcycles.

Vehicle Consolidation Loading:

a. Cost-Effective Shipping:

  • Vehicle consolidation loading involves combining multiple vehicles into a single container. This method can significantly reduce shipping costs, as you share container expenses with other shippers.

b. Environmentally Friendly:

  • By sharing container space, you reduce the overall carbon footprint associated with international shipping. This eco-friendly approach contributes to a more sustainable shipping process.

c. Secure and Efficient:

  • Our expert team ensures that each vehicle is securely loaded, minimizing the risk of damage during transit. Efficient loading and unloading processes further streamline the shipping timeline.

d. Customized Solutions:

  • At Direct Express Inc., we offer customized consolidation solutions to meet your specific shipping needs. Whether you’re shipping one vehicle or multiple, we can tailor our services to your requirements.


Understanding container specifications, including standard containers (20′ and 40′), high cube containers (40′ HC), and 45′ high cube containers (45′ HC), and recognizing the benefits of vehicle consolidation loading is essential for a successful international auto shipping experience. At Direct Express Inc., we are committed to providing you with top-notch shipping solutions that prioritize the safety and efficiency of your vehicle’s journey. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get a personalized quote for your international auto shipping needs. Your vehicle’s next adventure begins with us!

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