What is Flat Rack Container? Dimensions

Flat Rack Container, Dimensions and uses

A flat rack container is a type of special container that has a wall only at the short end of the container. For this reason, these containers are used when cargo needs to be loaded from the top or side due to dimensional differences or unusual loads.

They are mainly used to transport heavy or bulky cargo such as machinery, wood, pipes, buses and boats. They don’t fit inside a standard container and stick out from the open side. Here’s everything you need to know about these versatile containers.

About Flat Rack Container:

Flat rack containers come in standard 20-foot or 40-foot sizes. They are made from steel with a softwood floor. The flat rack, which is ideal for forwarders, is ideal for transporting heavy cargo that is difficult to load from the main gate.

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These containers have a number of lashing rings fixed to the container’s side rails, floor, and corners, with high loads of up to 2,000 kg (for 20 feet) and up to 4,000 kg (for 40 feet). There is. Some containers come with lashing winches, latch belts and stanchions for added cargo support and security.

Most flat rack containers have forklift pockets. Some 40-foot containers have gooseneck tunnels on both ends for easy and secure transportation. There are two variations.

  • Non-foldable flat rack – Fixed walls on both ends provide a stronger structure and higher top load.
  • Foldable Flat Rack – Folding walls make it easy to store and transport.

When empty, flat racks can be stacked (like the rack, where the name comes from) or shipped sideways in a separate ISO container, saving space and making it easy to carry. Interesting Information: Stacking four collapsible flat racks occupies space in one standard container.

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Flat Rack Container
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Flat rack container: dimensions

Most containers are manufactured according to the standard size set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), but may vary depending on the manufacturer and age of the container.

Flat rack (FR) containers can be either foldable or non-foldable, with or without walls. However, those measurements remain more or less similar.

Measurement20ft FR40ft FR
Internal length5.94 m / 19.5 ft12.13 m / 39.8 ft
Internal width2.35 m / 7.7 ft2.40 m / 7.9 ft
Internal height2.35 m / 7.7 ft2.14 m / 7 ft
Tare weight2,360 kg / 5,203.8 lbs5,000 kg / 11,025 lbs
Payload capacity30,140 kg / 66,458.7 lbs40,000 kg / 88,200 lbs
Cubic capacity32.7 m3 / 1,154.3 cu ft62.2 m3 / 2,195.7 cu ft

In terms of volume, how much can you fit in a flat rack container?

Flat rack containers have no side walls or top walls, so the capacity of these containers cannot be limited. Flat racks are used to transport oversized cargo such as break bulk cargo, construction machinery, cranes, pipes, wind turbines, automobiles, steel, glass and sugar cane.

Therefore, these beasts are free to load cargo of their own dimensions that require special storage (depending on the weight capacity of the container).

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