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What Are Special Containers?

16 October 2018



Special Containers are exactly that – special. This isn’t due to the fact that they’re gold-plated or the likes (although that’d be a turn up for the books wouldn’t it!) No, what makes special containers “special” is the fact that they have been fabricated specifically for different purposes so that if you’re looking for a new or used shipping container for a specific reason, there will always be a suitably designed container available to meet your needs.

Which special containers do we offer?

Good question! We offer different special containers to ensure that we’ll always be able to solve your storage or space saving solution.

  • Special sized containers
  • Double door containers
  • Full side access containers
  • High cube containers
  • Flat rack units
  • Open top containers

What are the differences between these special containers?

Everyone comes to us wanting containers for all manner of purposes, so each special container is fabricated in a way to offer a different solution. Here’s a bit more information about each of our special containers available and why they might be suitable for you.

Special Sized Containers

Special sized containers are standard size containers that are customised to any size you require by altering the length and the width as necessary. Not only will a special sized container maximise space but you will also be presented with the exact size and shape to suit your needs.

Double Door Containers

Standard shipping containers are fitted with doors at one end only, whereas double door containers have double doors at both ends of the container, creating a tunnel. These containers are very popular for a variety of storage applications in addition to the odd specialised export.

Full Side Access Containers

Standard containers are accessed via double doors at one end of the container whereas full side access containers offer bi-folding doors along the longest side of the container. This can make the process of loading and unloading much easier when considering the goods being stored or transported.

High Cube Containers

Ordinarily, shipping containers are 8’6” high, whereas High Cube Containers give you an extra foot in height, standing at 9’6”. The extra internal space offered by a high cube container means that you might just get the additional storage space you need without having to upgrade the container to the next size up, keeping costs down.

Flat Rack Units

Flat Rack Units are essentially shipping containers which allow full access through the top and sides. Unlike Full Side Access Containers, Flat Rack Units allow much more access to allow for the safe storage and loading/unloading of large cargo. These can also be found as collapsible containers.

Open Top Containers

Open top containers offer an loading and unloading solution from the top of the shipping container in addition to the double doors at one end. This can make storage and transit a much smoother process and are highly suited to shipping oversized items that may not fit entirely into a traditional shipping container.

Learned something? Probably! If you’re still unsure as to which shipping container to buy new or used that’s fit for purpose, we’re always available to talk over the phone to offer friendly support and advice!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about choosing the correct shipping container to suit your needs, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email

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