Difference between standard dry container and Open Top Container


Standard dry cargo container and Open Top Container

This post explains about the difference between open top container and normal dry container.


difference between normal container and open top containerCompared to standard dry cargo container, top part of container is opened or can be opened. Open Top Containers are used to transport over height or over lengthy cargo or both. For the purpose of flexibility to load and unload, open containers have end doors.


Oversized cargo such as machinery, timber, steel, scrap metals etc. can be loaded easily from the top in an open top container than normal dry cargo container.


Another difference between standard dry container and open top container is that the open top container can be removed, stuffing and de stuffing of goods make easier. The metal beam above the door can be removed to the right or left and can also be dismantled from the container which helps for loading and unloading easily than normal dry container.


Compared to standard normal container, top side of open top containers is covered with a removable, weatherproof tarpaulin that can be secured with ropes. The top of open top containers do not have solid roof. Lashing rings at the inside base of the container are used to secure and prevent shifting of cargo during movement.


The details about open top container and normal container are explained separately with different web links in this web blog; you may also read the same to have a clear idea about difference between normal container and open top container.


Standard Dry Containers
Open Top Containers
Dimension details of Normal Dry Container 20’
Measurements of normal dry cargo container 40’

Types of export containers
Dimensions of different export shipping containers


In this post, the difference between general dry cargo container and Open Top Container is explained. Would you like to add more details about difference between normal container and Open Top Container? If you wish to add more information about difference between standard dry container and Open Top Container, you may mention below this article. You can also share your experience in handling Open Top Container and general dry container.


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tina00: Also that kind of open top container is able to handle radioactive of chemical materials (they palced inside additional containers) if you add some reenforced floor like them: http://www.metallourgia.gr/EN-open-top-containers.html

naresh@steelline.co.in: We are already importing goods from few countries in the world. Recently we started with the exports too. We received an order of one container from CYPRUS and we are going to procure material from MALAYSIA. Now we need your opinion regarding how should we proceed further and export to the client and keep the secrecy of the sources so that we can gain orders regularly.

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