20ft Open Top Shipping Containers

Why Choose a 20ft Open Top Container?

20ft open-top shipping containers are ideal for transporting or storing oversized goods that cannot fit through standard doors. The removable top allows easy loading and unloading using cranes or other overhead equipment. At Shipping Containers of London, we offer a range of new and used 20ft open-top containers to meet your specific requirements.

Features and Benefits of 20ft Open Top Containers

Easy Loading and Unloading

The open-top design of these containers allows for easy loading and unloading of bulky items, such as machinery, construction materials, and large equipment, that would otherwise be difficult to fit into a standard container.

Durability and Security

Constructed from high-quality Corten steel, our 20ft open-top containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and provide long-lasting durability. They are also equipped with robust locking mechanisms to ensure the security of your goods during transit or storage.


With standard dimensions of 20ft L x 8ft W x 8ft 6in H, these versatile containers can be used for various applications, including construction sites, manufacturing facilities, and industrial storage. The removable tarpaulin cover protects from the elements, ensuring your goods remain safe and secure.

Types of 20ft Open Top Containers Available

New 20ft Open Top Containers

Our 20ft open-top containers are perfect for businesses requiring a high-quality, pristine unit. These containers are newly manufactured and meet the highest durability and reliability standards. Key features include:

  • Removable Roof: Easy access for loading and unloading.
  • Robust Construction: Made from durable Corten steel.
  • External Dimensions: 20ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 8ft 6in (H)
  • Internal Dimensions: 19ft 4in (L) x 7ft 8in (W) x 7ft 5in (H)
  • Door Dimensions: 7ft 8in (W) x 7ft 5in (H)

Used 20ft Open Top Containers

For a more budget-friendly option, our used 20ft open-top containers offer excellent value. These containers are carefully inspected and refurbished to meet high performance and reliability standards. Typical features include:

  • Removable Roof: Allows for easy loading and unloading of oversized items.
  • Durable Construction: Made from high-quality Corten steel.
  • Customisation Options: Available to suit your specific requirements.

Storage Potential of a 20ft Open Top Container

Oversized Goods

  • Construction Materials: Large beams, pipes, and other building supplies.
  • Industrial Equipment: Machinery, generators, and other heavy equipment.
  • Scrap Metal: Large amounts of metal must be stored or transported.

Business Applications

  • Construction Sites: Temporary storage for oversized building materials.
  • Manufacturing Facilities: Storage of large equipment and machinery.
  • Logistics: Transporting large and bulky goods.

Customisation Options

At Shipping Containers of London, we offer a variety of customisation options to tailor your 20ft open-top container to your specific needs:

Security Enhancements

  • Additional Locking Bars: For enhanced security.
  • Advanced Locking Mechanisms: Including digital locks and alarm systems.

Interior Modifications

  • Shelving and Racking: To maximise storage efficiency.
  • Lighting and Electrical Outlets: For improved functionality.

Exterior Modifications

  • Custom Paint Colours: Match your container to your brand or personal preference.
  • Branding and Graphics: Add your company logo or other graphics to the container exterior.

How to Buy a 20ft Open Top Container

Purchasing a 20ft open-top container from Shipping Containers of London is simple. To start, visit our Container Quote page and request a customised quote. Our expert team is available to provide advice and support, ensuring you find the perfect container solution for your needs. Whether you're looking for a new or used container, we are here to help every step of the way.

What are 20ft open-top containers used for?
20ft open-top containers are utilised for transporting oversized goods that require top loading and unloading, such as machinery, bulk materials like timber or scrap metal, and fragile or awkwardly shaped items.
What are the dimensions of a 20ft open-top container?
The external dimensions of a 20ft open-top container are typically 20’ long, 8’ wide, and 8’6” high. The internal dimensions are around 19’4” long, 7’8” wide, and 7’9” high.
What is the maximum gross weight of a 20ft open-top container?
The maximum gross weight of a 20ft open-top container is usually around 30,480 kg (67,200 lbs).
How are 20ft open-top containers constructed?
20ft open-top containers are constructed from Corten steel and feature a removable tarpaulin roof, roof bows, and a 28mm wooden floor on steel cross members. They also include forklift pockets and two locking bars on each door.
Can open-top containers be used for international shipping?
Yes, open-top containers can be used for international shipping. They are CSC-plated and meet the necessary standards for international transport.
Can open-top containers be stacked?
Open-top containers can be stacked just like standard containers, allowing for efficient use of space in shipping yards and transport vessels.
Are there any height restrictions for loading open-top containers?
The height of the cargo must not exceed the height of the container’s sides when the tarpaulin is in place, ensuring it can be securely covered for transport.
Can open-top containers be refrigerated?
Open-top containers are not usually refrigerated. For goods that require specific temperatures, it is recommended to use refrigerated containers, also known as reefers.
What types of cargo are ideal for open-top containers?
Ideal cargo for open-top containers includes heavy machinery, construction materials, bulk commodities such as grain or coal, and large equipment that cannot fit through standard container doors.
How do you load and unload an open-top container?
Open-top containers are usually loaded and unloaded using cranes or other overhead lifting equipment, which can easily access the open top.

With Shipping Containers of London, you get more than just a container – you get a commitment to quality, value, and customer satisfaction. Explore our range of 20ft open top containers today and discover why we are the trusted choice for individuals and businesses across London.