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Open top containers are designed for easy loading of awkward cargo from the top opening or rear doors of the container. Our open top containers are built similar to our general-purpose containers though a tarpaulin, allowing loading and discharge from above, replaces the roof. The tarpaulin also keeps your cargo protected from the elements. Open top containers are in both 20' and 40' container sizes and feature completely removable "rag top" roofs.

Open Top containers are able to be loaded from the top. This is ideal for any tall, awkward or heavy cargo that is not suited to standard shipping containers, although if you are transporting tall equipment you may want to consider a flat rack. The walls of an Open Top container are made from solid corrugated steel with a wooden floor and usually come in 20 and 40 foot sizes. The walls of open-top containers are generally made of corrugated steel. The floor is made of wood. It has the following typical distinguishing structural features. The roof consists of removable bows and a removable tarpaulin. The door header may be swiveled out. These two structural features greatly simplify the process of packing and unpacking the container. In particular, it is very easy to pack and unpack the container from above or through the doors by crane or crab when the roof is open and the door header is swiveled out.

It should be noted, however, that the purpose of the roof bows of an open-top container is not solely to support the tarpaulin but also to contribute to container stability. Flat racks are therefore more suitable for overheight cargoes. Lashing rings, to which the cargo may be secured, are installed in the upper and lower side rails and the corner posts.

Excellent storage for loose or bulk materials such as:

  • Woodchips
  • Recyclables
  • Waste materials
  • Construction debris
  • Agricultural product

These containers are designed to hold items that must be loaded by crane or crab from the side and/or top, or that are too tall to fit in a normal dry van (see also flatracks for over-height cargo). The roof bows and tarpaulin on an open top container can be completely removed. In addition, the door header can usually be swiveled out of the way for even easier access.


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