Flat Rack Shipping Container

Flat Rack shipping containers are used to transport bulky or heavy cargo that will not fit inside a standard shipping container and needs to be loaded from the side or the top (ie., pipe, timber, etc.).

Flat Rack Shipping Container

Flat Rack shipping containers are used to transport bulky or heavy cargo that will not fit inside a standard shipping container and needs to be loaded from the side or the top (ie., pipe, timber, etc.).

Some flat racks have fixed or collapsible posts or walls on each end and other types of flat racks are simply platform flat racks.

There are 3 types of flat rack containers:

• Collapsible Flat Racks
• Non-Collapsible /Fixed Flat Racks
• Platform Flat Racks

Collapsible flat racks allow the two ends walls or posts to fold down which makes it easy to load and unload, as well as store. Four collapsible flat racks stacked on top of each other take up almost the same amount of space as one standard dry van shipping container.

Non-collapsible flat racks have fixed walls or posts on both ends. This type of flat rack is stronger and can accommodate heavier loads.

Both types of flat rack containers have numerous lashing rings fixed to the sides, the corners, and the wooden floor of the container so that cargo can be tied down. Some flat racks also come with lashing belts, stanchions, and lashing winches for added security.

Flat rack containers come in 20-foot and 40-foot sizes.

Additional Flat Rack types: Other flat rack container types exist, these include: Fixed post flat racks, Platform post flat racks.

COLLAPSIBLE FLAT RACK

PLATFORM FLAT RACK

FIXED POST FLAT RACK

How Big Is a Flat Rack Shipping Container?

It can be a challenge to picture exactly how big a container can be. Here are a few everyday guidelines to help you.

20 ft Flat Rack

40 ft Flat Rack

How much space will it take up outside?

Slightly bigger than a large single parking bay

Slightly bigger than a large single

Slightly bigger than a two large single parking bays head to toe

How much can you fit inside?

There’s no limit because these containers are designed to carry bulky loads

There’s no limit because these containers are designed to carry bulky loads

What are Flat Rack Shipping Container Dimensions?

Here are the approximate dimensions of flat racks. The specific dimensions and the capacity will vary depending on the make and the age of the container so the measurements below are an approximation.

20 ft Flat Rack

40 ft Flat Rack

External Dimensions

20′ long

8′ wide

7’7″ high

40′ long

8′ wide

7’7″ high

Internal Dimensions

19’5″ long

7’9″ wide

7’4″ high

39’8″ long

7’9″ wide

7’4″ high

What is the volume? (Cubic Feet)

1,154 cu.ft

2,343 cu.ft

What does it weigh empty? (Tare)

6,370 lbs

11,464 lbs

What is the maximum weight it can transport? (Payload Capacity)

68,580 lbs

104,278 lbs

20 ft flat rack

40 ft flat rack

What Are The Uses Of A Flat Rack Shipping Container

Flat rack containers are ideal for transporting and shipping bulky cargo such as machinery, heavy-duty equipment, timber, piping and more.

Watch the video below by Demars International to see one of the ways that a flat rack container can be used.

Frequently Asked Questions About Flat Rack Shipping Containers

What is a flat rack shipping container?

A flat rack shipping container is like a shipping container without walls or only walls on the front and back. It’s used to transport large, bulky cargo that would usually not fit in a standard dry van.

How much does a 40ft flat rack weigh?

The weight depends on the specific container manufacturer as well as the year it was manufactured. On average, a 40-foot flat rack will weigh about 11,025 lbs.

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