Open top containers


Open top containerOpen top containers have an open top covered by a tarpaulin instead of a solid roof. This enables oversized cargo such as timber and scrap metal to be loaded from the top. Open top containers normally have end doors to give flexibility to loading and discharging operations.

Open top container dimensions

Specific dimensions and capacity of open top containers may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. The specifications listed below are, however, representative.


20' open top container

40' open top container

Tare weight 2,350 kg 5,181 lbs 3,850 kg 8,489 lbs
Payload capacity 28,130 kg 62,026 lbs 26,630 kg 58,719 lbs
Cubic capacity
32.5 m3 1,147 cu ft 66.4 m3 2,343 cu ft
Internal length
5.9 m 19.3 ft 12.03 m 39.5 ft
Internal width
2.35 m 7.7 ft 2.35 m 7.7 ft
Internal height
2.38 m 7.8 ft 2.38 m 7.8 ft
Door opening width
2.34 m 7.7 ft 2.34 m 7.7 ft
Door opening height
2.28 m 7.4 ft 2.29 m 7.5 ft
Roof opening width 2.23 m 7.3 ft 2.21 m 7.3 ft
Roof opening height 5.44 m 17.8 ft 11.57 m 38 ft
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