What is a flat rack container, and what is it used for? These questions are rather common. By definition, a flat rack is used for transportation of cargo with unique dimensions. Continue reading to learn more about the definition of flat racks.
What is a flat rack?
A flat rack is usually for the transportation or storage of cargo with unique dimensions. Flat racks only have sides on the short side of the container, the bulkheads, so the cargo can stick out the side of the container during transportation.
Flat racks most commonly come in 2 sizes: 20 feet and 40 feet. The choice depends on the size of the cargo. Usually the dimensions of these two types only differ in length. The width and height are often similar. More information about flat rack dimensions can be found on our website.
What is a flat rack used for?
A flat rack is used for the transportation or storage of cargo with ‘special’ dimensions. There are several items you can think of that need to be shipped, that are considered as abnormal loads. Examples are trucks and boats and machinery parts that need to be shipped to their destination as a whole.
Fixed-end and collapsible flat racks
In addition to flat racks being available in two dimensions, there are also two different types. Fixed end flat racks and collapsible flat racks.
A fixed end flat rack has fixed ends on the short sides. As fixed end flat racks are often stronger in construction, they can endure a greater top loads.
A collapsible flat rack has sides that can be collapsed so the empty container can be shipped more efficiently. 4 collapsible flat racks would take the same amount of space as 1 regular dry van container!
Interested in buying, renting or leasing a flat rack container?
Are you looking to buy, rent or lease a flat rack for transportation or storage? We can supply both 20ft and 40ft flat racks almost everywhere in the world on short notice. View our complete offer of flat racks on our website, or ask for a personal quotation!