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Out of Gauge cargo

Out of Gauge (OOG) cargo is any cargo that cannot be loaded in a shipping container because it exceeds the dimensions of a 40’ HC container (more than 12.05 x 2.33 x 2.59 m).


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How to transport an Out of Gauge cargo?

There are different dedicated options to move Out of Gauge shipments that don’t fit a standard container:

  • Flat rack containers: containers with walls only at the sort end, perfect for machinery, building materials or vehicles.
  • Platform or flatbed containers: containers with no walls or roof, with lashing and tarp sheets to secure and cover the cargo.
  • Open-top containers: containers with a soft covering on top, such as tarpaulin, ideal for goods that need a crane to be loaded.
  • Roll-on/Roll-off services: ideal for vehicle transport when the cargo can be driven on and off the vessel.


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