An open top shipping container is like a standard container except that it does not have a metal roof. Instead, it has waterproof tarpaulin roof and removable roof bows. These shipping containers are useful for loading bulky or tall cargo that's usually lifted on a crane. They have greater capacity than standard dry vans because of the removable roof.
An open top shipping container is like a standard container except that it does not have a metal roof. Instead, it has waterproof tarpaulin roof and removable roof bows. These shipping containers are useful for loading bulky or tall cargo that's usually lifted on a crane. They have greater capacity than standard dry vans because of the removable roof.

OPEN TOP SHIPPING CONTAINER

What is an open top shipping container?

 

An open top shipping container looks similar to a standard dry van shipping container except that the roof is either a waterproof tarpaulin tarp or a removable metal roof.

Most customers purchase open top containers in order to ship bulky cargo that is difficult to load in a dry van shipping container. The cargo is usually loaded into the open top container by using a crane. These containers have a greater capacity than standard dry vans because of the removable roof. These special shipping containers also have lashing rings on the inside so that you can secure cargo.

Most customers purchase used open top containers in cargo worthy condition. These used structurally sound open top containers will have original paint and shipping line markings. For an additional charge we can provide a new tarpaulin tarp if required.

Open top shipping containers have double doors on one end with a removable door header to allow easier loading. Available sizes include 20’ Open Top, 40’ Open Top, 20’ High Cube Open Top, 40’ High Cube Open Top, 20’ Open Top Hard Top, 40’ Open Top Hard Top.

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How Big Is an Open Top 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. Keep in mind that you can store taller objects in an open top container because of the soft top.

How much space will it take up outside?

20 Ft

Slightly bigger than a large single parking bay

40 Ft

Slightly bigger than two large single parking bays head to toe

How high is it externally?

20 Ft

About half a foot shorter than standard ceiling height (9ft)

40 Ft

About half a foot shorter than standard ceiling height (9ft)

How high is the inside?

20 Ft

About a foot and a couple of inches lower than standard ceiling height. (9ft)

40 Ft

About a foot and a couple of inches lower than standard ceiling height (9ft)

What can I fit through the door?

20 Ft

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will be about a foot on either side.

40 Ft

You will fit a standard queen-sized mattress carried flat through the door. There will b about a foot on either side.

What can I fit inside?

20 Ft

One average-sized car or SUV

40 Ft

Two average-sized cars or SUVs parked head to toe

What are the Dimensions of an Open Top Shipping Container?

Here are the approximate dimensions of the most open top shipping container sizes. Exact sizes and dimensions will vary depending on the container make and age.

20 Ft

40 Ft

External Dimension

20 Ft

20’ long
8’ wide
8’6” high

40 Ft

40’ long
8’ wide
8’6” high

Internal Dimension

20 Ft

19’ 3” long
7’ 8” wide
7’ 9” high

40 Ft

39’ 5” long
7’ 8” wide
7’ 9” high

How wide is the door?

20 Ft

7’ 8” wide
7’ 5” high

40 Ft

7’ 8” wide
7’ 5” high

What is the internal floor space?

20 Ft

147 sq.ft.

40 Ft

302 sq.ft.

What is the volume? (Cubic Feet)​

20 Ft

1,144 cu.ft

40 Ft

2,343 cu.ft.

What does it weigh empty? (Tare)

20 Ft

4,000 - 5,000 lbs

40 Ft

8,000 lbs

What Can This Type of Container Be Used For?

Open top shipping containers are ideal for transporting bulky cargo such as timber, machinery, and heavy-duty equipment.

To see inside an open top shipping container, watch the video below by Phoenix International.

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