Open Top Containers are typically sold in 20ft or 40ft lengths, we sell them in both new and used condition. We're sure we can find an open-top container to suit your requirements, and if we can't find one, we're experts at container conversions so we can modify one to make it perfect for you.

20ft Open Top Containers & 40ft Open-Top Containers for Sale

20ft Open Top Shipping Containers
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Important features of Open Top Shipping Containers
20ft & 40ft Open Top Container Features
Available 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 Open-Top and 40ft Open-Top Containers available (as standard) Constructed from High-Quality cor-ten steel
Delivery available throughout the UK Available for Collection from several UK depots

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 standard roof panel is removed to leave the three side panels, the container floor and the double end doors. With the roof of the container removed, a removable roof can then be installed and removed as/when needed. The removable roof on an open top container is typically either a hardened (steel) roof or a tarped/canvas roof. The temporary roof is attached to the side panels and removed so that the container can be filled through the roof as well as via the double end doors, larger or heavier items can then be lowered into the container from above.

Hardened Roof Open-top Containers

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.

Tarpaulin Roof Open-top Containers

The removable tarpaulin cover will spread the length of the open top shipping container, it is a high-quality tarpaulin. The tarp is then attached to all the sides of the container using high-quality locking mechanisms whilst transporting cargo.

What are open top shipping containers used for?

Transportation/Shipping and Storage - Like flat rack shipping containers, and standard containers - open top shipping containers are commonly used for secure transportation and shipping as well as storage. Open top units offer the same security as standard containers but with the added advantage of an opening top, allowing cargo to be loaded more efficiently using a crane. Typically the cargo loaded into an open top is heavy or large, thus loading these goods via the double doors would be more difficult or time-consuming.

What sizes do open-top containers come in? and What condition do they come in?

We sell Open-Top Containers in two sizes -

20ft Open Top Containers

Available in both standard height and high-cube; (approx 8ft 6inches and 9ft 6inches tall) and in both new and used condition.

40ft Open Top Containers

Available in standard height only (approx 8ft 6inches tall); in both new and used condition.

What to expect from a NEW Container!

New containers have been used once - they transport one cargo load from the far east where they are constructed, to the UK where they are re-sold. These containers will look new, they will have very few paint/surface scratches and only very small/minor dents.

What to expect from a USED Container

Used containers are typically around 5 years old, they have been used for several years before being resold. All used containers that are released for sale are in good condition, they may have some surface damage, scratches to the paint and minor dents. All used open-tops are checked to ensure they're in generally good condition. We'd expect all used containers to be usable for 10-15 years after being re-sold. Open top containers are slightly different from standard containers in that they don't have a fixed roof - our open-top containers will typically be re-sold with a used tarp roof - this will also be in good used condition.

If you'd prefer your open-top container to be supplied with a solid roof, please let us know during your initial enquiry.

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, loading through the open top of the container is much easier as items can be lowered directly by crane. 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.

If you have any questions about open top containers please contact our sales team using the form below or by calling us on 0844 561 7975.

Container Delivery Information

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 suitable 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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