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Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU)

What is a Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU)?

A standard marine shipping container that measures 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8.6 feet tall, and can hold between 9 and 11 pallets in one tier, and up to 28 weight tons, subject to the ocean carrier's weight limits and applicable highway axle load limits.


A containership's capacity is measured in TEUs, or 20-foot increments. A 40-foot container is measured as "2 TEU".


Related Terms

Full Container Load (FCL)Less-Than-Container Load (LCL)


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