Jennifer Reyes 12/07/22

3 Tips for Shipping IBC Totes

3 Tips for Shipping IBC Totes
Jennifer Reyes

How to Ship IBC Totes the Right Way

IBC totes, or Intermediate Bulk Containers, are a type of industrial packaging used to store and transport liquids, powders, hazardous materials, and other bulk materials. They are made of durable materials like steel, high-density polyethylene, or polyethylene and can range in size from 120 to 550 gallons. Thanks to their versatility and durability, IBC totes have become a popular choice for shipping various materials. But before you start shipping your intermediate bulk containers, there are a few things you need to know. Here are three tips for shipping totes the right way.

1. Make Sure Your IBCs Are Secure

One of the most important things to remember when shipping IBC totes is to ensure they are properly secured. This means strapping them down so they can't move around during transit. Otherwise, you risk damaging your shipment or, worse, causing an accident.

They can be stacked vertically, but it is important to ensure that, depending on the size of the container and the contents within the container, you stack them properly.

2. Choose the Right Shipping Method

Not all shipping methods are created equal. When choosing a shipping method for an intermediate bulk container, be sure to take into account the type of material you're shipping, the distance it's traveling, and the time frame you're working with. For example, if you're shipping flammable liquids, you'll need to use a different shipping method than if you're shipping non-flammable liquids.

You will also want to ensure that you use the best intermediate bulk container for your use case. Choosing between rigid IBCs, stainless steel IBCs, composite IBCs, or another option. This will ensure that your IBC shipping runs as smoothly as possible.

3. Use Proper Packaging Materials

In addition to using the right shipping method, it's also important to use proper packaging materials. This means using leak-proof containers that are durable enough to withstand the rigors of shipment. Be sure to consult with your packaging supplier to find the right packaging materials for your needs. Depending on the transportation option that you choose, they will subsequently need to be packaged a certain way.

IBC Code and Regulations

The US Code 57 CFR 175 prohibits transporting dangerous material in any container. All containers must meet the rules set by this regulation. No hazardous material can be transported without following all the requirements. To comply with this regulation, an IBC must undergo a thorough inspection and receive certification from the US Department of Transportation. This ensures that all materials are transported safely and prevents any accidents or injuries from occurring.

Ready to Ship

Following these three tips will help ensure that your IBC totes arrive at their destination safe and sound. Just remember to secure your shipment, choose the right shipping method, and use proper packaging materials. With a little care and attention, you can ship just about anything using IBC totes.

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