When should I use a Flat Rack container? What is the size of a Flat Rack container?

When should I use a Flat Rack container? What is the size of a Flat Rack container?

If you are shipping cargo that has a height that exceeds the height or width of a normal container (Out of Gauge cargo), or cargo that cannot be loaded through the door of a standard container one of the options for international container shipping are Flat Racks. Flat racks are also often used for items that are too heavy for other shipping containers.

The efficiency that characterizes international ocean freight would not be possible without the progression of containerization of cargo. Vessels can be loaded with stacks of containers quickly, maximizing the carrying capacity of the vessels. This also makes it much less difficult to load and unload the vessel at ports by using cranes, and since the containers are inter-modal, they can be loaded onto a truck or train car for inland transportation. Flat racks have a high loading capacity, and are equipped with lashing rings on the side rails.

There are a few different types of containers. The important dimensions for Flat Rack containers are as follows:

20′ Flat Rack
Inside Length 18′ 6” 5.63 m
Inside Width 7′ 3” 2.20 m
Inside Height 7′ 4” 2.23 m
Tare Weight 6, 061 lbs 2, 749 kgs
Maximum Cargo 61, 117* lbs 27, 722* kgs
40′ Open Top
Inside Length 39′ 7” 12.06 m
Inside Width 6′ 10” 2.08 m
Inside Height 6′ 5” 1.95 m
Tare Weight 12, 787 lbs 5, 800 kgs
Maximum Cargo 85, 800* lbs 38, 918* kgs

*Legal weight and weight maximum for steamship line may be lower than this number, payload weight must be distributed evenly over floor to safely reach maximum

There are a few other types of containers (e.g. refrigerated, Platform, Open Top), but the above covers the dimensions of Flat Rack containers.

Hopefully the above gives you some idea of when you should use a flat rack container. Please visit our rate request page or send us an email: inquiries@kinternational.com