Out of Gauge Cargo (OT/OOG)

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What is Out of Gauge Cargo?

When we talk about out of gauge (OOG) cargo, we’re referring to cargo that exceeds the dimensions of a standard dry container. Standard dry containers come in three main sizes: 20ft, 40ft and 40ft HC (high cube). Any cargo that can’t fit into a standard container falls into the OOG category.

So what size and weight constitutes out of gauge cargo? Anything that exceeds the following dimensions:

Size 20ft 40ft 40ft HC
Internal length 5.9m / 19.4ft 12.03m / 39.5ft 12.03m / 39.5ft
Internal width 2.35m / 7.8ft 2.4m / 7.9ft 2.35m / 7.8ft
Height 2.39m / 7.9ft 2.39m / 7.9ft 2.70m / 8.10ft
Cubic capacity 1,172 cu ft / 33.2 cu m 2,389 cu ft / 67,7 cu m 2,694.5 cu ft / 76.3 cu m
Payload capacity 55,126.9 lbs / 25,000 kg 61,200 lbs / 27,600 kg 63,052 lbs / 28,000 kg
Tare weight 5,071.5 lbs / 2,300 kg 8,268.8 lbs / 3,750 kg 8,598 lbs / 3,900 kg

What to keep in mind when transporting cargo in an out of gauge container

We know what the risks are, now let’s make sure you’re completely prepared, with the following checklist:

Height restrictions: OOG cargo may exceed the height restrictions of certain transport routes, such as bridges and tunnels. It’s important to take this into account and plan accordingly in order to avoid delays and fines. Also make sure that you choose a trucking company that can safely and legally transport your cargo, and has all of the correct licenses.

Regulatory compliance: Out of gauge cargo may require special permits and compliances, which can be time-consuming and add on additional costs. Make sure you find out exactly what documents and permits are required in the areas you’re moving goods, or you could be looking at some hefty fines.

Insurance and liability: OOG cargo is typically more valuable than standard cargo, which means that it may require additional insurance. This can increase transportation costs and might mean additional paperwork and legal considerations as well. However, if something goes wrong, you won’t regret having the cover.

Communication: It’s important to maintain open communication with all parties involved in the transportation of OOG cargo, including the shipper, carrier, and consignee. Keep them informed of any issues or delays as they come up and work together to resolve them.


  • Accommodating large or oversized items: Out of Gauge cargo allows for the transportation of items that exceed the dimensions or weight restrictions of standard containers. This enables the shipping of bulky machinery, industrial equipment, or structures that cannot fit inside regular containers.
  • Flexibility in cargo types: Out of Gauge cargo caters to a wide range of goods, including heavy machinery, construction equipment, vehicles, oversized pipes, aircraft parts, and more. This flexibility allows industries with specific transportation needs to move their specialized equipment efficiently.
  • Customized transport solutions: Transporting Out of Gauge cargo requires specialized planning and arrangements. Logistics providers offer tailored solutions to load, secure, and transport these unique shipments. This ensures the cargo’s safety and minimizes the risk of damage during transit.
  • Global coverage: Most logistics companies, shipping lines, and freight forwarders have experience handling Out of Gauge cargo. This means that these specialized shipments can be transported globally or to remote locations, providing companies with access to various markets and project sites.

It is important to note that due to the unique characteristics of Out of Gauge cargo, additional costs may be associated with their transportation. These costs often include special handling, permits, equipment, and expertise required for loading and unloading the cargo.

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