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Wednesday, 13 May 1998
Page: 3328


Mr Peter Morris asked the Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business, upon notice, on 2 April 1998:

What is the weight capacity of each type of (a) 20 foot and (b) 40 foot container handled through Australian ports in the international trades.


Mr Reith (Workplace Relations and Small Business) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following information was provided by the Australian Association of Port and Marine Authorities (AAPMA). This information covers the vast majority of containers used on international trades to and from Australia. More detailed information on the many other container types was not available. Non-standard containers are designed for specialised cargo types and tend to be used in restricted trades.

(a) A standard 20 foot container has an average loaded weight of 15-16 tonnes, with a maximum of around 21 tonnes. Some strengthened 20 foot containers can carry around 25 tonnes.

(b) A standard 40 foot container has an average loaded weight of 22-23 tonnes, with a maximum of around 26 tonnes. Some newer container types can carry a weight of 30 tonnes.