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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org