Guide Of What is Container Chassis Trailer – Spec Dimension Price

Yesterday when I was looking for information about container chassis trailers on the internet, I found it hard to find a very professional guide on the web, which is why I am writing this article. If you also want to learn more about container chassis trailers, this article is definitely for you.

1. What is a container chassis trailer?

The container chassis trailer is a kind of semi-trailer specially used for transporting containers, its structure is very simple, which consists of walking system, brake system, chassis, support system, lighting system and so on. It can be said that both container side loaders, and flatbed semi-trailers are transformed from container chassis trailers.


What is Container Side Loader

Container Side Loader Trailer Specification

standard container chassis trailer
standard container chassis trailer

1.1 Application of container chassis trailer

Container chassis trailer’s main application is used to transport containers, the invention of container chassis trailer greatly improves the efficiency of logistics transportation, we can often see container chassis trailer in the dock or port.

Common containers are 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft, all of which can be transported by container chassis trailer.

1.2 Why use container chassis trailer?

Using a container chassis is essential for the effective and safe transportation of shipping containers. Think of it as the foundation of a house; it provides the stability and structure needed to keep the container secure. Special locking mechanisms tightly fasten the container to the chassis, ensuring that it won’t shift or fall during transit, thereby minimizing risks.

2. The container chassis trailer size

The common container chassis trailer is 2 axle 20ft, 3 axle 40ft, 3 axle 45ft. Panda Mech supply all size of container chassis trailers for sale & also customized.

3 Axle 40 ft Skeleton Semi Trailer Prepared for Philippine

2.1 Specification of container chassis trailer

Main BeamI Section 500mm height Q345/T700 material “I” Section 500mm height Q345/T700 material
Twist Lock4/8 set ISO Standard4/8/12 set ISO Standard
SuspensionMechanical / Air / BogieMechanical / Air
Axle2 axles BPW/FUWA/PDME etc3 axles, BPW/FUWA brand
Rim8/12 pieces 9.0-22.5 Steel/Aluminum8/12 pieces 9.0-22.5 Steel/Aluminum
Tire8/12 pieces 12R22.5 Bridgestone/Triangle/Linglong etc8/12 pieces 12R22.5 Bridgestone/Triangle/Linglong etc
Brake Chamber4/6sets T30/304/6sets T30/30
Brake PipeNylon Wire PipeNylon Wire Pipe
Landing Gear28T Lifting JOST/YAHUA28T Lifting JOST/YAHUA
Kingpin2″(50mm)/3.5″(90mm) JOST Bolting Type2″(50mm)/3.5″(90mm) JOST Bolting Type
Lights12v/24v LED Waterproof12v/24v LED Waterproof

2.2 Dimension of container chassis trailer

20Ft: 7500*2500*1550 mm

40Ft: 12500*2500*1550mm

45Ft: 13950*2500*1550

2.3 Spec of ISO tank chassis

Main Beam“I” Section 500mm hieght Q345/T700 matirial
Twist Lock12/14 set  ISO Standard
SuspensionMechanical / Air / Bogie
Axle2/3/4 axles BPW/FUWA/PDME etc
Rim8/12/16 pieces 9.0-22.5 Steel/Aluminum
Tire8/12/16 pieces 12R22.5 Bridgeston/Triangle/Linglong etc
Brake ValveWABCO
Brake Chamber4/6/8 sets T30/30
Air Tank28L
Brake PipeNylon Wire Pipe
Landing Gear28T Lifting JOST/YAHUA
Kingpin2″(50mm)/3.5″(90mm) JOST Bolting Type
Lights12v/24v LED Waterproof

The dimensions of this iso tank chassis measure 12500mm in length, 2500mm in width, and its height fluctuates between 1250mm to 1550mm. It’s a hefty piece, weighing in at 5600 kg. Its principal structural support is an “I” section beam that spans 500mm in height, composed of durable Q345/T700 material. It is equipped with 12 to 14 sets of ISO standard-rated twist locks to secure containers. Multiple suspension options are available – opting for either Mechanical, Air, or Bogie. The axles come in multiple options of 2, 3, or 4, with well-reputed brands such as BPW, FUWA, PDME, and others.

Further specifications include the ability to accommodate 8, 12, or 16 rims sized at 9.0-22.5 and made of either steel or aluminum. The equipment can fit a similar quantity of tires, incorporating 12R22.5 tires from dependable brands like Bridgestone, Triangle, Linglong, and more. Excellent braking system is ensured through WABCO brake valves, with the assembly of 4, 6, or 8 sets of T30/30 brake chambers. The device includes a 28L air tank, and its brake pipes are made from resilient nylon wire. It also features a 28T lifting landing gear from brands such as JOST or YAHUA. The kingpin can be either a 2″ (50mm) or 3.5″ (90mm) JOST bolting type. For illumination, it comes with waterproof LED lights that can operate on either a 12v or 24v DC source.

2.4 Specification of gooseneck container chassis

Height1400mm, 1550
Skeletal trailer weight5600Kg
Main Beam“I” Section 500mm height Q345/T700 material
Twist-Lock4/8 set ISO Standard
SuspensionMechanical / Air / Bogie
Axle3 axles BPW/FUWA/PDME etc
Rim8/12 pieces 9.0-22.5 Steel/Aluminum
Tire8/12 pieces 12R22.5 Bridgestone/Triangle/Linglong etc
Brake ValveWABCO
Brake Chamber4/6sets T30/30
Brake PipeNylon Wire Pipe
Landing Gear28T Lifting JOST/YAHUA
Kingpin2″(50mm)/3.5″(90mm) JOST Bolting Type
Lights12v/24v LED Waterproof

The gooseneck container chassis trailer’s dimensions are as follows: 7,500mm in length, 2,500mm in width, and a height that varies between 1,400mm and 1,550mm. The skeletal structure weighs about 5,600 kg. The main beam has an ‘I’ section, with a height of 500mm, made of Q345/T700 material. The trailer is equipped with 4 to 8 sets of ISO standard twist locks. Available suspension options include mechanical, air, or bogie. It uses 3 axles, which could be provided by several manufacturers, such as BPW, FUWA, or PDME.

The rims and tires vary, with options for 8 or 12 pieces: the rims are 9.0-22.5 and made of steel or aluminum, whereas the tires are 12R22.5 and could be made by brands such as Bridgestone, Triangle, or Linglong. The trailer’s brake system encompasses a WABCO brake valve, 4 to 6 sets of T30/30 brake chambers, and nylon wire pipes. The landing gear can lift 28T and is manufactured by JOST or YAHUA. The kingpin comes in either 2″(50mm) or 3.5″(90mm) JOST bolting type. The gooseneck container chassis trailer is fitted with 12v or 24v LED waterproof lighting to guarantee high visibility.

2.5 Specification container side loader

Brand: PANDA Mech

Maximum lifting weight: 37 tons

Dimension: 14200*2500*4200mm

Suspension: Mechanical



Material: High strength steel

Crake: WABCO emergency valve

Kingpin: 2/3.5 feet

Landing gear: Jost

Power source: Power take-off/diesel APU

Operation mode: Wireless remote control and manual operation

3. How much is a container chassis?

20 Ft container chassis price: $6,900-$8,000.

40 Foot container chassis price: $7,500-$10,500.

45 Feet container chassis price: $8,500-$13,000.

Related: How much does container chassis cost?

3.1 How much is a container chassis trailer

20Ft gooseneck container chassis price: $7500-$9500.

40 Foot gooseneck container chassis price: $8200-$10600.

45 Feet gooseneck container chassis price: $8500-$14000.

20 Ft shipping container trailer for sale: $7800-$8500.

40 Ft shipping container trailer for sale: $8000-$9200.

45 Foot shipping container trailer for sale: $8300-$9700.

Related: What is the container trailer

3.2 Brand new container chassis for sale

Brand new container chassis price: $6,900-$13,000.

3.3 How much is a used container chassis?

Used container chassis price: $2000-$8000. (Panda Mech doesn’t supply used container chassis trailers for sale, because their quality is not always guaranteed.)

4. How many types does container chassis trailer have?

The container chassis trailer has 5 types, standard container chassis trailer, ISO tank chassis, gooseneck container chassis, tilt container chassis, and extended container chassis trailer.

4.1 Standard container chassis trailer

Standard container chassis trailers can be 20ft 40ft and 45ft.

A standard container chassis is the workhorse of the shipping world, providing a stable and secure platform for transporting shipping containers over land. It’s essentially the backbone that allows for the safe journey of goods from ports to warehouses or other destinations.

Made from high-grade steel, a standard chassis is built to last and handle. Specialized locking systems ensure that the container remains firmly in place, reducing the risk of accidents or damage to the cargo.

40ft Intermodal Container Chassis Trailers

4.2 ISO tank chassis trailer

ISO tank chassis trailer can be only 20ft.

An ISO tank chassis is a specialized trailer designed to transport ISO tank containers that hold liquids, gases, or powders. Unlike standard shipping containers, these tanks require additional support and security due to their contents’ sensitive nature. The ISO tank chassis provides this, ensuring that the container remains stable and secure throughout its journey.

20ft iso tank container chassis trailer
20ft iso tank gooseneck trailer

4.3 Gooseneck container chassis trailer

Gooseneck container chassis trailer can be 40ft, 45ft.

The role of Gooseneck container chassis trailer is also mainly used to transport containers, because of its unique gooseneck design, it can reduce the overall height by 15cbm, which is very important for some countries with limited weight.

gooseneck container chassis for sale

4.4 Tilt container chassis trailer

Tilt container chassis trailer can be 20ft, 40ft.

With its tilting mechanism, this tilt container chassis allows for easy ground-level loading and unloading of containers, simplifying the logistics process. Its design emphasizes safety and efficiency, using hydraulic systems to securely tilt the container.

40ft Container Tilt Chassis
40ft shipping container tilt trailer for sale

4.5 Extended container chassis trailer

Extended container chassis can be used to transport most sizes of containers because it’s variable.

Designed with an extendable frame, this chassis can adjust its length to accommodate various sizes of shipping containers. This is particularly useful for transporting non-standard or oversized containers that don’t fit on traditional chassis.

5. How to choose container chassis trailer

Choosing the right container chassis is crucial for efficient and safe transport. Here are some key factors to consider:

  1. Container Size: Match the chassis length to the size of the containers you’ll be transporting. Some chassis are extendable for various sizes.
  2. Weight Capacity: Make sure the chassis can handle the weight of your container plus its contents. Overloading can be dangerous and illegal.
  3. Material: Look for high-quality steel construction for durability and longevity.
  4. Locking Mechanisms: Ensure the chassis has reliable locks to securely fasten the container, especially if you’re moving sensitive or hazardous materials.
  5. Ease of Loading: Consider designs like Gooseneck or Tilt chassis for easier and more efficient loading and unloading procedures.
  6. Terrain and Environment: Think about the conditions where the chassis will be used. For rugged terrains, a more robust chassis may be needed.
  7. Regulatory Compliance: Verify that the chassis meets all local, state, and federal regulations, including safety standards.
  8. Budget: While it’s tempting to go for the cheapest option, remember that quality and safety should never be compromised.

6. Should I lease or buy

Leasing could be your best bet if preserving capital is crucial for your business. It’s more cost-effective in the short term and offers flexibility. But if you’re looking to minimize total expenses over time and have the upfront capital, buying is the more economical choice in the long run.

6.1 Key Differences between Buying and Leasing:

Buying: More cost-effective over the long term; ideal if you’re frequently shipping goods; allows for modifications; provides more control during chassis shortages.

Leasing: More affordable in the short term; suitable for occasional shipping needs; typically doesn’t allow for modifications; may have limited availability during chassis shortages.


The whole introduction about container chassis trailer ends here, container chassis trailer is divided into five types, each type has different applications, we should buy according to our actual needs. If you don’t know what type of container chassis trailer you should choose, contact us immediately to get a consultation.


Container chassis height from ground

1500mm, 1.5 meter.

How much does a container chassis weight

7.5-9 Tons.

Ocean container weight limits

30 tons.