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Flat Rack & Open Top Shipping Containers

open top containerGlobal Shipping Services has extensive experience handling heavy and awkwardly-shaped project cargo, and we can procure flat rack or open top shipping containers when necessary. Open top and flat rack are two types of transporting methods that are often used with cargo that is too tall or bulky to fit in standard shipping containers. Flat racks typically either have fixed or collapsible ends, and cargo is loaded from the top or sides. Open tops are closed on the sides but allow cargo to be loaded from the top, and the top is often covered with a tarp once the cargo is in place.

Whether you need to transport a helicopter, turbines for a wind farm, or any other large commercial equipment, Global Shipping Services can handle the move. We specialize in moving irregularly-shaped and heavy equipment, including out-of-gauge (OOG) cargo that doesn’t fit in a standard shipping container. We can handle every step of the move, including procuring cranes and other equipment necessary to load and unload your cargo.

Benefits & Features of Open Tops & Flat Racks:

The primary benefit of an open top or flat rack shipment is that it allows businesses to safely transport large or unwieldy cargo that doesn’t fit in regular shipping containers. Below are a few of the most important things to know about each type of shipping container.

Flat Rack Containers:

  • Standard containers come in 20’ and 40’ lengths.
  • Container floors are reinforced to support heavy cargo.
  • The front and back walls of the container are either fixed or removable for direct loading.
  • Global Shipping Services can shrink wrap cargo or provide another protective barrier to prevent damage or loss of parts during transportation.

Open Top Containers:

  • Standard containers come in 20’ and 40’ lengths.
  • Container walls are made from corrugated steel.
  • Cargo is either loaded from the top or through opening rear doors.
  • A tarpaulin may be used to cover the top of the container and protect cargo from the elements.

Why Have Global Shipping Move Your Flat Rack OOG Cargo?

Oversized or irregularly-shaped cargo inevitably presents certain transportation challenges, from sourcing the appropriate containers to loading and unloading the cargo from those containers. When you need to move this type of cargo, it pays to have an experienced freight forwarder on your side.

Global Shipping Services has been in the freight forwarding industry for over 10 years, and in that time we have handled a wide range of challenging transportation projects, including many that have required us to use flat rack or open top shipping containers. We manage all the logistics of the transportation process and communicate clearly with our clients every step of the way.  We answer our own phones and respond to email inquiries quickly. We also have an excellent track record for on-time deliveries. Enjoy greater peace of mind when you choose Global Shipping Services.

Contact Global Shipping Services

Want to learn more about our competitively priced open top and flat rack services? Contact Global Shipping Services today and tell us about your shipping needs, and we’ll provide you with a quote.

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What Our Clients Say:

“We have complicated international shipping requirements and tight schedules to maintain, GSS has always gone above and beyond to meet these requirements and ensure we have the information needed to keep things running smoothly”

Cameron Kehm
Director, International Operations, OSG Lightering LLC

“In my 16 years of service to industry, I would highly recommend this company as a reliable broker and shipping company to cover any logistics scenario that could arise with professionalism, attention to detail & accuracy. Our representation has been nothing but superb from Global whether a simple shipment is brokered through customs or multiple containers are negotiated to our project sites direct from Germany this company delivers on time at competitive rates every time.”

David Zinke
Senior Project Engineer, Geda USA Elevator & Material Lift Company

“Presmer has been working with Global Shipping for over 3 years now and the service they provide is excellent. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ease your shipment hassles. They take the frustration out of the process with their knowledge and relationships. Forever grateful.”

Annsley Popov
Founder, Presmer

“This company truly puts the customer first. They are always ahead of issues and their follow-up and communications with us has been exemplary. They made what used to be a horrific part of our work, something that is now almost effortless.
Thank you for having the highest work ethic, great industry knowledge, reasonable rates and uncompromising customer service. We appreciate you!”

Les Bloom
President, Superior Building Supplies

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