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Container size type codes according to ISO 6346

Third edition 1995-12-01


First size-code character

Second size-code character


2nd Character code
Container height
Container width

1st character code


Container lenght

mm
2991
6068
9125
12192
7150
7315
7430
7450
7820
8100
12500
13106
13600
13716
14630
14935
16154

ft
10
20
30
40
24
24

41
43
45
48
49

in

1
2
3
4
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
K
L
M
N
P

mm
2438
2591
2743
2895
>2895
1295
1219

ft
8
8
9
9
>9
4
4

in
6
6
6
3

2438 mm
(8ft)
0
2
4
5
6
8
9

>2438 mm
and
2500 mm

>2500 mm

C
D
E
F

L
M
N
P

Code

3rd and 4th character code


Type designation
Type group code
Main charateristics

General purpose container without ventilation


GP Opening(s) at one end or both ends
Passive vents at upper part of cargo space
Opening(s) at one or both ends plus full opening(s) on one or both sides
Opening(s) at one or both ends plus partial opening(s) on one or both sides

G0
Gl
G2
G3

General purpose container with ventilation


VH Nonmechanical system, vents at lower and upper parts of cargo space
Mechanical ventilation system, located internally
Mechanical ventilation system, located externally

V0
V2
V4

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Dry bulk container


BU Nonpresurized, box type, closed
Nonpresurized, box type, airtight
BK Pressurized, horizontal discharge, test pressure 150kPa1)
Pressurized, horizontal discharge, test pressure 265kPa
Pressurized, tipping discharge, test pressure 150 kPa
Pressurized, tipping discharge, test pressure 265kPa

B0
B1
B3
B4
B5
B6

Named cargo container


SN Livestock carrier
Automobile carrier
Live fish carrier

S0
S1
S2

Thermal container
RE Refrigerated, mechanically refrigerated
RT
Refrigerated and heated, mechanically refrigerated and heated
RS
Self-powered refrigerated/heated, mechanically refrigerated
RS
Mechanically refrigerated and heated

R0
RI
R2
R3

Thermal container
HR Refrigerated and/or heated, with removable equipment located externally; heat transfer coefficient K=0,4W/(m2*K)
Refrigerated and/or heated with removable equipment located internally
Refrigerated and/or heated with removable equipment located externally; heat transfer coefficient K =0,7W/(m2*K)
HI
Insulated; heat transfer coefficient K= 0,4W/(m2*K)
Insulated; heat transfer coefficient K= 0,7W/(m2*K)

HO
HI
H2
H5
H6

Open-top container
UT Opening(s) at one or both ends
Opening(s) at one or both ends, plus removable top member(s) in end frame(s)
Opening(s) at one or both ends, plus opening(s) on one or both sides
Opening(s) at one or both ends, plus opening(s) on one or both sides plus removable top member(s) in end frame(s)
Opening(s) at one or both ends, plus partial opening on one side and full opening on the other side
Complete, fixed side and end walls (no doors)

U0
U1
U2
U3
U4
U5

Platform (container)
PL
Platform (container)
Platform-based containers with in complete superstructure:
PF
Fixed, two complete and fixed ends
PF
Fixed, fixed posts, either free-standing or with removable top member
PC
Folding (collapsible), folding complete end structure
PC
Folding (collapsible), Folding posts, either free-standing or with removable top member
Platform-based containers with complete super structure
PS
Open top, open ends (skeletal)

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P0
P1
P2
P3
P4
P5

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Tank container
TN For non dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 45kPa
TN For non dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 150kPa
TN For non dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 265kPa
TD For dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 150kPa
TD For dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 265kPa
TD For dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 40kPa
TD For dangerous liquids, minimum pressure 60kPa
TG For gases, minimum pressure 910kPa
TG For gases, minimum pressure 220 kPa
TG For gases, minimum pressure (to be decided)

T0
Tl
T2
T3
T4
T5
T6
T7
T8
T9

Air/surface container
AS

A0

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