Welcome to the information hub, you can find your answers to most frequently asked questions related to container tranport or Container packing.

What are the modes of delivery for Shipping Containers?

The modes of delivery for Shipping Containers include:
Side Loader: A specialised trailer to lift and transport containers, allowing them to be placed directly on the ground at the delivery site.
Standard Skel Trailer: Transports containers on a Skelton trailer / flatbed trailer requiring delivery docks to unload container from Skel trailer.

Container Delivery FAQs

On which side a Side loader drops the Container?

In Australia, Side loader can only drop the containers on the driver side.

How heavy Container a Side loader can carry?

The weight a Side loader can carry depends on its tare weight. VTC’s fleet of side loaders has the lightest tare weight trailers available in Australia, allowing us to carry more weight than traditional trailers. VTC’s side loaders can carry up to 22.5 tonnes without Mass Management and up to 26.5 tonnes with the Mass Management.

How much area is required to drop the Container with Side loader at your facility?

The Side loader needs a clearance space that is 6m wide, 16m long, and 5m high, with access to the container required from the driver’s side.

How heavy Container a Standard Skel loader can carry?

Standard Skel trailers can carry containers weighing up to 29tonnes of safe load.

container storage

What does the Chaser delivery means?

A Chaser delivery involves using an additional vehicle, known as a chaser truck, to assist in the delivery process. This method is often employed when container weight exceeds the side loader’s carrying capacity. The chaser truck transports the container to the customer site on a standard skel trailer, while the side loader assists in unloading the container from the skel trailer and drops it to the ground.

How much area is required to do chaser delivery with Side loader at your facility?

The Side loader and Chaser truck requires a clearance space of 8m wide, 16m long, 5m high and entrance must be more than 7m wide.

What do you require to get the Container dropped at Public road?

You’ll require approved Council permit and VTC’s delivery form needs to be filled out before delivery.

What do you require to get the Container delivered at Farmhouse/ Residential areas?

You’ll require to complete VTC’s delivery form, providing all the instructions. If you planning to drop container at mud or crush rocked area then make sure the area is dry and solid enough to withstand load of 20 tonnes of truck plus the weight of your container. Also, don’t forget to check weather to make sure no rain is expected.

What are the Weight and Dimension limits for trucks carrying Containers?

Vehicle weight limits
Dimensional limits
Journey planner

Shipping Container Sizes


Chain of Responsibility 

What is the Chain of Responsibility and Who is a party?

The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is a concept in road transport legislation that defines who is responsible for ensuring safety across all parts of the heavy vehicle journey. The HVNL identifies 10 functions within the supply chain and attaches a duty to each party that performs one of those functions.


What parties have Chain of Responsibilities under CoR legislation?

Everyone who works with heavy vehicles – from the business that employs a driver or owns a vehicle, to the business that sends or receives goods, is accountable for the safety of the heavy vehicle, its driver, and its load throughout the journey. See where your business fits in the Chain of Responsibility.

What position holders have responsibilities under CoR legislation?

CoR extends to identifying fatigue risks to prevent or reduce potential harm or loss, to yourself and others. Responsible parties in the chain include: employers, prime contractors, schedulers, loaders/unloaders, loading managers, operators, consignors, and consignees.

Chain of responsibility and heavy vehicle safety

Complying with your primary duty obligations

Loading and Loading requirements

What are the Dangerous goods/ Hazardous loads?

Dangerous goods are substances and particles that are potentially hazardous to people, property and the environment. They may also be corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidizing or water reactive. Whatever their properties and potential for injury or destruction, great care is needed in their handling, storage and transport.
The following links provide more information regarding the storage, handling and transportation of Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods Segregation Chart
A poster comprising of a segregation table outlining what chemicals can be stored
together and which ones can’t.

Australian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants
A website outlining everything you need to know about dangerous goods.

The Dangerous Goods Code of Practice
A thorough overview of the dangers and cautions involved with dangerous goods.

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