A Guide To Open-top Shipping Containers For Sale In NZ

How A 20 ft Shipping Container Is Packed For Transportation

Shipping containers can be used for a large variety of purposes. Transporting and storing goods is the most common purpose. However, shipping container modifications have allowed them to be used for a larger range of functions.

Open top containers are one of the most common modified shipping containers. These containers function with a similar purpose in the fact that they are used for both transporting and storing goods.

What makes open-top shipping containers special?

The main benefit they provide is the fact that they do not have a roof. This allows for a larger amount of vertical space similar to our high cube containers, giving it the ability to hold larger and taller items.

Instead of the traditional corrugated steel roof, these containers come with a removable and durable tarpaulin cover to provide protection from wind and water. This cover is held down by steel trusses. These containers are great for bulk good transport.

The open-top also means that the loading and drop off of goods can be done through either the top or the side opening for full side access. This makes these containers ideal for the transportation of loose items that take up large amounts of space.

 At ContainerCo, we have a large range of open-top 20 ft containers for sale and hire. 

The uses for open-top containers

The reduced restrictions of open-top containers mean more oddly shaped and bulky goods can be transported and stored as you are not restricted by the normal specifications of traditional dry steel containers. It also means that more goods can be stored.

Some of the most common goods transported in these containers include:

  • Large machinery
  • Construction supplies, debris and vehicles
  • Raw minerals such as ore
  • Tools
  • Pipes, cable spools and wires

These containers also allow for the loading of goods using a crane and transporting heavy and awkward cargo.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 

Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 

We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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