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Container Ramp Buying Guide: What to Look for When Purchasing

  • Published: April 8, 2024

  • Updated: April 8, 2024

Loading and unloading items from shipping containers is tiring, repetitive work. If your business regularly uses shipping containers, a container ramp may be needed to move pallet jacks and forklifts in and out. In addition to promoting efficient operations, container ramps significantly reduce workload, accelerate processes, enhance safety, and relieve employees from the strain of manually moving stock. 

Container ramps are a cost-effective alternative to hiring manpower or equipment to move your goods over time. They also come with the added benefit of reducing the chances of damaging your stock – leading to additional costs for replacing or repairing items. 

At Astrolift, we supply high-quality solutions to all your container handling needs. Our range of durable container ramps is designed to meet compliance and safety requirements and cater to a variety of applications. Built using chequer plates supported by heavy-duty box steel frames, they are certified for weights up to 8000 kilograms. We have options to suit refrigerators, standard containers, and ramps with folding flaps; we can provide whatever you require. 

Before investing in your chosen ramp, consider a few factors to ensure you purchase a ramp that is fit for purpose. This guide will help you make an informed decision and optimise your container handling operations. Once you have made a selection, it’s a good idea to read up on Worksafe’s advice for the safe use of containers at worksites. 



Types of Ramps

There are several different types of container ramps, including the refrigerator or Reefer ramp; the first thing you should consider is what you will typically use your container ramp for. 

Intended Usage

What kind of containers are you dealing with? How high are they? Your ramp must be compatible with the height of the container for functional loading and unloading, so be sure to measure the type of container you work with before purchasing your ramp. 

What kind of goods are you moving back and forth? If you are transporting pallet jacks, a small ramp will be more efficient, as it can easily move items between containers. You should also take into account whether you will be moving the ramp to different locations often. If this is the case, a portable ramp is a suitable option, as these are lightweight and usually foldable, allowing easy transportation. 

You will also need to think about the type of terrain you will be operating on. If you are working on uneven ground, a ramp with folding flaps is highly recommended, as this enhances versatility and manoeuvrability.

Tyne Pockets

If you are looking for a heavy-duty ramp, you will likely need to use a forklift to move it at times. If this is the case, you will need a ramp with tyne pockets, otherwise known as forklift pockets, which enable easy access for forklifts. At Astrolift, you will find ramps with tyne pockets that allow forklift access from three sides for the ultimate convenience. 

Do You Need A Container Shelter?

If you are moving precious goods that could be damaged by the environment, you may want to purchase a container shelter. We stock 3 and 6 metre options designed for standard and high-cube containers. These shelters provide a secure, weather-proof space to protect workers and products from the elements while loading or unloading containers. Lightweight and portable, they are the perfect solution to keep your goods in prime condition.  

Load Capacity

Next, determine the average weight of your cargo. The container ramp you choose must be able to safely and comfortably hold your stock. If you are moving heavy items like construction materials, you will need a powerful ramp with a high capacity. 

Durability goes hand in hand with load capacity. A poorly made ramp with the right load capacity could be more susceptible to wear and tear over time, so why not choose one that is built to last? Look for high-quality materials like steel for optimum strength, and choose a trusted supplier with a reputation for quality. 

Platform Length & Height

Ramp length and gradient are important factors. Longer ramps with a gentle gradient can typically handle more load strain and are more suitable for heavy equipment like forklifts. On the other hand, short, steep ramps are more difficult to navigate for forklifts. 

You will also need to factor in the length of the ramp’s top platform, which is where the gradient levels out. This platform should align with your pallets' proximity to the container doorway and ceiling. If it is short, the machine entering the container will be angled and there is a chance that tall items located close to the doorway may hit the ceiling when removed. A short ramp provides a steeper angle and is a good fit for loading products that have a high ground clearance.  

Refrigerated containers feature fluted metal flooring, which requires higher ramps, between 225 and 260 millimetres. Comparatively, our standard container ramps feature a height of 160 millimetres, enabling them to sit comfortably within the doorway of your standard containers.

Choose Quality Container Ramps With Astrolift

Safely move goods from A to B with superior container ramps from Astrolift. 

We are proud to stock a selection of well-made, reliable and long-lasting ramps that will be valuable to your business for years to come. Shop the premium range online or get in touch with any questions.