What is a flat rack container?

What is a flat rack container, and what is it used for? This question is asked a lot. There are a lot of different container types and dimensions, with each type having it’s own specific purpose. A flat rack container is no exception, and is used for specific purposes like transportation or storage.

What is a flat rack container?

A flat rack container 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. Depending on the size of the cargo that needs to be shipped, you can choose a 20 feet or 40 feet container. 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.

Fixed-end vs. collapsible flat racks

In addition to flat racks being available in two dimensions, there are also two different types. A fixed end flat rack has, as the name hints at, fixed ends on the short sides. Thus, these container can be shipped and have an greater top load as the fixed-ends are often stronger in construction. A collapsible flat rack has sides that can be collapsed so the empty container can be shipped more efficiently, with four collapsible flat racks taking the space of only one regular dry van container.

What is a flat rack container used for?

As said before, a flat rack is used for the transportation or storage of cargo with ‘special’ dimensions. But what sort of cargo has these 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, but also machinery parts that need to be shipped as a whole to it’s place (or country) of destination.

A flat rack container equipped with a bus

Looking to buy, rent or lease a flat rack container?

Are you looking to buy, rent or lease a flat rack container 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 rack containers on our website, or ask for a personal quotation!

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