Open Top Shipping Containers – Benefits and Uses


Open top shipping containers are one of the most common and useful shipping container modifications. While the modification is pretty simple, it can make transportation and storage of certain good much, much easier.

Open top containers are exactly the same as regular shipping containers, except they have a fully open top(as the name suggests) which is generally covered by a strong rubber tarpaulin.

At Container Co we have 40 ft containers, 20 ft containers and 10 ft containers for sale, as well as container hire. We can offer extensive shipping container modification, including open top containers, NZ wide.

Benefits Of Open Top Shipping Containers

Having an open top shipping container can make storing and transporting over-sized or oddly-shaped items less of a hassle as you aren’t restricted to the normal confines of regular shipping containers.

Having the open top shipping containers can open up opportunities to store items you wouldn’t normally be able to, increasing the number and range of items you can store and ship with your shipping container.

Some common items that are shipped and stored in open-top containers are:

  • Large machinery
  • Construction vehicles
  • Rocks, minerals and ore
  • Construction debris

Having the open top will also allow for easier loading and unloading of heavy objects with a crane.

Uses For Open Top Shipping Containers

Thanks to these added benefits, open top containers offer a range of practical uses.


Thanks to the easier access and ability to store larger items, these containers are perfect as a storage solution.

Transporting Goods 

Due to the increased functionality and open top access, transporting certain items (large, over-sized or oddly-shaped) is much easier with an open top container.


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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