By, Container Options Team
Jul 16 2022

If you’re new to domestic and international shipping, you may not be familiar with the characteristics and purpose of a flat rack container, but that’s OK – you’ve come to the right place!

So, to help you better navigate the container world and make the most informed decision for your shipping needs, we’ll dip our toes into the water (excuse the pun) of over-dimensional cargo and the best ways to get them to their destination.

When it’s time to get shipping, Container Options is your right-hand man! So give us a call today to learn more about our flat rack container solutions.

When Size Matters. 

If you’ve never seen a flat rack container before, you may find it challenging to visualise.

Simply put, flat racks are an open platform base used to transport oversized, awkwardly shaped cargo that doesn’t fit into conventional shipping containers. Think of industrial machinery, factory parts, automobiles, and the turbo jets of aeroplanes. This is where size truly matters.

You can’t fit an elephant into a pair of skinny jeans, can you? Well, you can’t fit certain heavy cargo into conventional shipping containers, either! This is why flat racks were invented – you know, for the awkwardly shaped, oversized inventory that doesn’t quite fit in? But, it all needs to get from point A to point B, and a flat rack container is how to do it!

The Security Of Your Cargo Depends On Your Container Choice. 

When considering your container options, it’s important to evaluate the risks. As you now know, flat rack containers are predominantly open, typically only offering two wall faces to help secure and support the load. So, anything shipped will be exposed to the elements at sea. Of course, you can choose to cover the load with a tarp, but it is not an entirely efficient solution to safeguard your cargo.

Is Flat Rack Shipping Right For You?

If you’re accustomed to shipping freight using flat rack containers, the answer is probably yes. But, if your cargo can easily fit into conventional twenty-foot or forty-foot shipping containers, it may be a better choice.

But, you don’t have to make this decision on your own! Instead, trust Container Options to guide you in the right direction to safely and efficiently ship your goods.

Visit our website to learn more about us and give us a call to request a quote!

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