Open side containers, also known as side-opening containers, have emerged as a game-changer in the shipping industry. These specialized containers offer a unique design with full-length side doors that provide easy access to cargo from the side, making loading and unloading more efficient. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the features, benefits, and diverse applications of open side containers in modern shipping and logistics.

What is an Open Side Container?

Open side containers are similar in structure to standard shipping containers, with the key distinction being their full-length side doors. These doors run along one or both sides of the container, allowing for unrestricted access to the entire width of the container. The most common sizes of open side containers are 20-foot and 40-foot, adhering to industry standards.

Open side containers offer opportunities for customization based on cargo requirements. For instance, they can be fitted with adjustable shelving or racks to maximize storage space or equipped with climate control systems for temperature-sensitive items.

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1. Full-Side Access: The defining feature of open-side containers is their full-length side doors. These doors can be completely opened, providing unobstructed access to the entire side of the container. This makes it effortless to load and unload cargo using forklifts, cranes, or other machinery and simplifies the process for oversized or irregularly shaped items.

2. Versatile Cargo Accommodation: The unrestricted access offered by open-side containers makes them ideal for transporting a wide range of goods, including machinery, equipment, vehicles, timber, pipes, and other large or bulky items that may not fit through the standard end doors of traditional containers. This versatility ensures that your cargo can be accommodated with ease.

3. Secure Fastening: Open-side containers are equipped with robust latching and locking mechanisms, ensuring that your cargo remains secure during transportation. The doors can be tightly sealed, providing protection against theft, tampering, and the elements.

4. Size Options: We offer open-side containers in various sizes, including 20 ft and 40 ft, to accommodate different cargo volumes and weight capacities. The containers are built to international ISO standards, ensuring compatibility with standard transportation modes and infrastructure.

5. Customization Potential: Depending on your specific requirements, open-side containers can be further customized to meet your needs. Modifications may include adding shelves, racks, or partitions to optimize storage and enhance cargo organization.

Container SizeInterior Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Payload CapacityTare WeightCubic Capacity
20ft19.4ft x 7.7ft x 7.7ft27,780 kg
(61,244 lbs)
2,700 kg
(5,950 lbs)
33 cubic meters
(1,165 cubic feet)
40ft39.5ft x 7.4ft x 7.5ft27,300 kg
(60,180 lbs)
4,700 kg
(10,362 lbs)
64 cubic meters
(2,2306 cubic feet)
40ft HC39.5 ft x 7.8 ft x 8.9 ft28,600 kg
(63,052 lbs)
5,200 kg
(11,470 lbs)
76.3 cubic meters
(2,694 cubic feet)
Please note that the dimensions are approximate and can vary slightly between different manufacturers. 

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