Forty-foot equivalent unit, a standard size intermodal container. FEU can be used for many applications, such as:
- to measure the space available for containers,
- to calculate port fees,
- to standardize the size of containers for transport.
The carriers in the United States emphasize the FEU whereas in other parts of the world the TEU, “twenty-foot equivalent unit” is more accepted.
However, there are different types of FEUs, such as:
- The Standard FEU: This container is the most common type of FEU and has a capacity of 2,360 cubic feet (67 m3).
- The High Cube FEU: This type of FEU is 9.5 feet (2.9 m) tall, which is one foot (0.3 m) taller than a Standard FEU.
- The Reefer FEU: This type of FEU is used to transport perishable goods and has a built-in refrigeration unit.
Therefore, the FEU is an important unit in logistics because it allows for the standardization of container sizes, which makes transport simpler and more efficient.