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Open top containers are shipping containers that have a removable opening on the container top which will either come in commonly soft tops or hard tops. Hard tops are removable steel tops while soft tops include tarpaulins. An open-top shipping container has roof bows that support the roof and helps to keep the walls of the container intact for added strength.

20ft open top container (soft top)

When To Use Open Top Containers?

It is always recommended to compare the size of the cargo that will go with the shipping container. Mainly, open-top containers are ideal for use in the following applications:

– Cargos that are higher than the height of the container

– Cargos that cannot fit through the container doors and can only be loaded from the top

It is best used to transport the below items which are normally loaded by crane:


– heavy and fully-assembled tools and machinery

– big tires

– building materials such as glass panels

– big plants/trees

– scrap metals

– other bulky items that are only able to load from the top

20ft open top containers (loaded)
20ft open top container (loaded)

Open top containers are used for dry cargo only. Items can be packed and unpacked from the top or can be loaded and unloaded through the doors using a crane.

Joycontainers sells both new and used 20-ft and 40-ft open top containers. For a complete detail of our open top shipping container sizes, you may check out the shipping container dimensions here.

Our wide stock of used shipping containers for sale are within Australia and New Zealand. We provide the most competitive shipping container prices. Contact us now and discuss your requirements so we can provide you with the best solution for your shipping container needs.