Flexitanks: A Secret Weapon for Food-Grade Bulk Liquid Transport

by | Mar 15, 2024 | Information

If your company is shipping food-grade liquids, protecting your products during transport is crucial. Flexitanks offer a superior alternative to traditional shipping methods, addressing common challenges and ensuring your liquids arrive safely and efficiently. How you might ask? Here’s a look at why flexitanks are a valuable asset to transportation within the food and beverage industry and how our team at FGN can help.

First, what are Flexitanks?

Flexitanks are large, durable, multi-layer polypropylene bags that are professionally fit inside standard shipping containers. These single-use tanks allow us to transform a standard 20-foot ocean container into a food-grade liquid tanker. With capacities ranging from 16,000 to 24,000 liters, flexitanks have revolutionized transportation for liquid products.

Flexitanks are Suitable for a Variety of Food Products

Flexitanks are incredibly versatile and can be used for a wide range of food-grade liquids, including:

  • Vegetable Oils: Flexitanks can be used to safely transport avocado oil, corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and more.
  • Juices and Wine: FGN can ship liquids such as grape juice and bulk wine safely thanks to flexitanks’ food-safe construction and preservation features.
  • Coconut and Palm Oil: Some oils can solidify at lower temperatures, but specialized flexitanks equipped with heating capabilities ensure proper fluidity for easier offloading.

Benefits of Using Flexitanks

Flexitanks offer numerous advantages when ISO tank containers, drums, and other traditional shipping methods are not the ideal mode of transportation. These include:

  • Cost-Efficiency: Flexitanks are single-use, eliminating return shipping costs for empty containers such as ISO tanks. You also avoid cleaning and maintenance charges associated with drums, totes, and tank containers.
  • Multimodal Transport: Flexitanks can easily transition between rail, truck, and ocean transport thanks to their universal fit within shipping containers. This flexibility is a major advantage for both domestic and international shipping.
  • Sustainability: Flexitanks are more eco-friendly than traditional shipping methods as they avoid empty ISO tank returns and harsh cleaning chemicals. They can also be recycled after unloading.

Safety & Compliance on the Forefront – Working with FGN, the Right Choice

When shipping food products in flexitanks, it is imperative that the right tank is chosen to meet food-grade certification standards and that you partner with a qualified provider.

Specializing in bulk liquid logistics and flexitank transport, FGN can help you optimize your bulk liquid shipping operations. Our flexitanks are Container Owners Association (COA) certified and our global network is well equipped and thoroughly trained in handling bulk liquids. Reach out to our team to explore how we can assist you in transporting your bulk liquids.


Written by Juli Herndon

March 15, 2024