Open Top Containers

ISO certified open top containers for shipping or storage of goods. We deliver worldwide.

Cargostore Open Top Shipping Containers are used for shipping or storing heavy goods that need to be crane loaded from the top, or for movers who want the flexibility of an uncovered container. Certified to an ISO standard and CSC plated for shipping, they come in 20ft or 40ft sizes and are available to rent, purchase or request modifications.

We also supply DNV Open Top Containers for offshore use.

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What is an open top container?

An open top container is exactly what it says on the tin, instead of having a solid roof, the top can be covered with a soft covering of strong rubber tarpaulin.

They are designed to carry oversized loads which cannot be loaded from side doors, or in a regular-sized shipping container and need to be loaded via the top using a crane.

Usually made from corrugated steel, an open top container still has accessible side doors giving you complete flexibility.


Open top shipping container applications

There is a wide variety of shipping containers on the market available to buy or hire but if you are looking to transport goods that cannot fit inside a closed top container or goods which cannot be loaded via the side doors including:

  • Scrap metal
  • Ore, coal or other materials
  • Trees
  • Long steel bars
  • Cables and cable spools
  • Tall, awkward cargo

then an open-top container is perfect for you.

Once loaded, it may be over the average height so cannot be stored with closed top containers. This does mean they are more expensive than a regular container.


Open top container specifications

Open top containers come in a range of sizes similar to Dry ISO shipping containers. Furthermore they are available in standard tarp top or Hard Top options. 

External nominal dimensions6m x 2.43m x 2.6m (high), 20’ x 8’ x 8’ 6” (high)12m x 2.43m x 2.6m (high), 40’ x 8’ x 8’ 6” (high)
Internal dimensions5.8m x 2.35m x 2.4m, 19’ 4” x 7’ 8” x 7’ 10”11.8m x 2.35m x 2.4m, 39’ 4” x 7’ 8” x 7’ 10”
Cubic capacity33.2m³, 1,173ft³66.4m³, 2,348ft³
Tare weight2,300 kgs, 5,070 lbs3,650 kgs, 8,046 lbs
Max Gross weight30,480 kgs, 67,200 lbs32,500 kgs, 71,650 lbs
Max Payload28,180 kgs, 62,130 lbs28,850 kgs, 63,603 lbs
StructureSteel doors and panels, timber floor, tarpaulin roofSteel doors and panels, timber floor, tarpaulin roof
AccessibilityRemovable tarpaulin and roof bows, swinging headerRemovable tarpaulin and roof bows, swinging header

All specifications are indicative. Individual container’s dimensions may differ.

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