FAQ 6: What should I know about the road transportation of containers?

In the sixth blog on frequently asked questions we will discuss the differences between different transportation modes. We will try to shed some light on the alternatives that can be used in transporting containers in order to give you additional information for example for comparing offers on diffe


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Sideloader delivery

With sideloader delivery the lorry is able to lift the container onto the lorry and to lower it down to the ground without any additional machinery. The lorry ”drops” the container next to the lorry on the driver’s side, but it can’t lift it any further from the lorry, compared to a crane lorry. The price for a sideloader delivery always contains lowering the container to the ground.

When you order transportation for a container, you will need to think in advance about whether the lorry will have the space to drive to the delivery address and to lower the container down on the ground. You also need to consider which way you want the doors of the container to face, so that our driver knows which way to position the container on the lorry. If it is not possible to drive a lorry to the future location of the container, ask for a crane lorry transportation.

Crane lorry delivery

Hiab or crane lorry delivery means that the container is delivered to the site with a lorry that is equipped with its own crane. The crane machinery on the lorry enables lifting the container on the lorry and placing it down on the planned spot.

There are more options for the placement of the container with crane lorry delivery, as the container can be lowered next to the lorry with more precision. The general lift capacity with crane lorries is 3 to 6 metres, but the delivery can be made with a bigger crane lorry as well if necessary.

Chassis / Free on Chassis

The price for delivery on a chassis does not contain lowering the container on the ground at the site. Separate lifting machinery is always needed for these kinds of deliveries, as the lorries are not equipped for lifting.

Delivery on a chassis is more affordable that with a crane lorry or a sideloader, since there are more lorries available and the delivery doesn’t require any lifting or additional working hours.

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