IBC

International Shipping Made Easy with an IBC

When shipping large quantities of material an intermediate bulk container (IBC) is necessary.  IBCs are used to transport a variety of different products both liquid and solid.  They have applications across many industries and can even be used to ship certain dangerous chemicals depending on the type of IBC.  IBCs are most commonly made from one of three materials: plastic, steel or stainless steel.  The material to be transported will determine which type of IBC is necessary.  Some forms of IBC can even be used to transport hazardous materials if they have passed the appropriate testing.

An IBC can be used to ship and store several types of product including: bulk chemicals, components, powder, glue, food products and even some liquid food products.  They are extremely convenient for transporting goods in bulk internationally.  It is often significantly cheaper to have goods packaged for final sale in the country in which they will be sold.  This allows the correct language and packaging specifications to be obtained in areas where the regulations are known to the packagers.  For international production, final packaging regulations can vary significantly.  In some countries food items must have a comprehensive ingredients listing and nutritional information.  Since different countries use different measuring standards it is difficult to arrange proper final sale packaging in the country of production.  Another convenient function of most IBCs is the ability to be shipped flattened when empty.  Most of these containers can be much smaller on return so that the shipping cost is also comparatively lower.