Guide to Liquid Bulk Transportation of Food Liquids

Every day, thousands of companies look to liquid bulk transportation services to conduct business and ensure future growth. However, regardless of the type of product you need to move domestically or internationally, there will always be challenges involved.

Bulk transportation is an activity that is of great importance, as different products cannot be packaged or bagged or are cheaper if transported in this way, but it does present some challenges. Some of these challenges are efficiency and convenience. Others are based on cost. Regardless of the challenges you face, flexible bulk liquid solutions could offset much of the difficulty.

When it comes to liquid transportation, it is essential to divide liquids into bulk and packaged liquids, as therein lies the variety of options we have and don’t have for transporting them. Nowadays, the current opportunities to transport bulk liquids are generally more elaborate and with fewer options.

One of the significant complications in the transportation of bulk liquids is the control of ground transportation (trucks with liquid cargo) since they concentrate the weight on top, making them prone to rollover. In addition, fluids move more fluidly and more violently than solid materials transported by truck, adding instability to the car carrying this type of container.

Transporting liquids by road is often sheer logistics. The truck’s movements (accelerating or braking) affect the liquid it is transporting as it can splash forward or backward. When the car turns, the fluid can splash from side to side; these extreme movements add weight and inertia to the truck’s movements and cause the driver to lose control. Lateral moves can cause rollovers; shipping bulk liquid products in specialized transports such as pipes, flexitanks, or iso tanks is always advisable due to these risks.

Iso tanks and Flexitanks are two of the safest and most cost-effective options for transporting bulk liquids, whether hazardous or not, each specialized for the type of product to be transported.

Also called flexibags or flexitanks are multi-layer polypropylene bags that transform conventional 20′ containers into safe and efficient bulk liquid transportation systems. Flexitanks offer a secure, economical, and innovative design to transport bulk liquids by sea and land ranging from 16,000 to 24,000 liters.

The Iso Tank was designed to transport all kinds of liquids, including potable liquids (food category), non-hazardous and hazardous liquids, including corrosive, flammable, toxic, and explosive liquids, to name a few. This type of container eliminates the risks of transferring liquids from one vessel to another and provides a highly safe, cost-effective, and viable means of transport. Once emptied, the tank is transferred to a reputable washing station, thoroughly cleaned, and ready for the next cargo. Although the tanks have a relatively uniform external appearance, construction materials, internal coating, and fittings vary.

Consider the advantages you’ll enjoy by switching to a flexible bulk liquid transportation solution:

  • Flexible tanks expand to fill standard shipping containers. As a result, a dry goods container becomes a versatile liquid shipping container.
  • Without the need for palletized drums and plastic containers, you can maximize container space and see a better return on your shipping investment.
  • Handling time is reduced, and liquid can be transferred to a storage tank or a tanker or with minimal inconvenience. In addition, bottom valve discharge reduces transfer waste.
  • Flexitanks are made from a polyethylene blend approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, the integrity of your cargo is never compromised, which is essential when shipping concentrates, sauces, oils, and basic food ingredients.