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Open Top Shipping Containers
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  • Avilable with Soft-Top removeable tarp roof
  • Also available with a Hard-Top roof if requested
  • Ideal when top-loading is required
  • Avilable in NEW and USED Condition
  • 20ft and 40ft units available

How are Open Top Containers Constructed?

To construct a 20ft Open Top Shipping Container or a 40ft Open Top Shipping Container, you start with a standard shipping container. The roof panel is removed to leave the three side panels, the container floor and the double end doors. With this leaving the container an open top - you can then apply a roof that can be removed if needed. The removable roof on an open top container can either have a hardened roof or a tarped roof. The temporary roof is attached to the side panels and removed so that the 20ft open top or 40ft open top can be filled through the roof rather than the double end doors for larger items.

  • Hardened Roof - The hardened roof is fabricated using a steel panel that is manufactured larger than the opening to fold over the sides of the container. The hardened roof is placed on the top of the open top container with a crane once in place the container will have locking bars attached to the side panels, these are designed to lock the steel roof in place and are the same as the locking bars that are on the double end doors.
  • Tarped Roof - The tarped roof will spread the length of the open top shipping container, it is a high quality tarpaulin. The tarp will be attached to all the sides of the container to hold it in place and using high quality locking mechanisms will lock the tarp whilst transporting the cargo.

What are open top shipping containers used for?

  • Transportation/Shipping - Like flat rack shipping containers, open top shipping containers are commonly used in transportation and shipping, with this specialised container designed the same as a standard shipping container then modified so that you can load through the double end doors, and also through the open top. This allows cargo to be loaded differently to a standard shipping container and is favoured by transportation companies when clients need a container for overseas shipping.

What sizes do Open-Top Containers come in? What Condition do they come in?

We sell Open-Top Containers in two sizes -

  • 20ft Open Top Shipping Containers - available in both standard height and high-cube; in both new and used condition.
  • 40ft Open Top Shipping Containers - available in standard height only; in both new and used condition.   

Why choose an Open Top Shipping Container?

Clients choose open top shipping containers as they need to load their container with a crane - usually their cargo is too large or heavy to load normally. So being able to load through the roof is the desired loading method. Once the loaded cargo is secured, the roof can be reattached and the container is ready for transportation.


Unless otherwise specified during the ordering process containers will be delivered on a HIAB Delivery Truck and the shipping container will be lifted into position by our driver using the HIAB crane. Please ensure there is enough space for the container to be planted.

*You can also collect OR if you have lifting facilities on site there are other delivery methods. Please let us know if you can lift the container off our transport when you make an enquiry as this will likely reduce the delivery charge.

** For more information on our shipping container delivery, please check out our shipping container delivery page.

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