Flat rack containers offer a unique advantage over traditional shipping containers: their capacity is not limited. With no side walls or roofs, these containers can be loaded with any load as long as it meets the payload criteria. There are two types of flat rack containers: foldable and non-folding. Both types can carry larger loads than standard containers.
Flat rack containers have walls only along the shorter (wide) end of the container surface. If full protection from the elements is not necessary, a flat rack container may be a better option than a standard container. Knowing the advantages of flat rack containers can help you make the most of them. Flat rack containers come with support accessories such as tie rings, winches, straps and struts that provide secure support to the load.
They can also be used to transport cargo that would fit inside a container, but which is easier to load on a flat rack. Tarps are not always included with flat racks, and some shipping companies may charge extra for them. Ordinary containers are sealed on all sides and are not suitable for loading and unloading goods, while flat rack containers have no side plates or top plates. Cargo that fits within the dimensions of a flat rack container is said to be within the gauge.
To transport cargo to the port, an open-deck trailer may be used, and oversized items may protrude from open sides during transport. When stored, the frame of a flat rack container can be folded into a flat shape to maximize warehouse space. It's important to select a flat rack container with a load capacity greater than the weight of the merchandise being shipped. Since they have no side walls, heavy loads can be loaded onto flat rack units from both the top and from the longer end (length).
The non-sealed property of flat rack containers ensures air circulation and provides fresh air. They are also useful for transporting goods that don't fit in a standard container due to their abnormal weight or size. Flat racks with foldable ends are highly stackable, allowing you to store four flat racks in the same space as one standard container. In summary, flat rack containers offer many advantages over traditional shipping containers.
They can carry larger loads, provide secure support for cargo, and save space when stored. They are also useful for transporting goods that don't fit in standard containers due to their size or weight.