Navigating the Seas (and Regulations) with Confidence: ISO Tank Shipping with FGN Global Logistics

by | Feb 14, 2024 | Information

For international bulk liquid transportation, trade involves much more than just crossing borders. When shipping hazardous materials, or other logistics situations where a flexitank may not be the ideal solution, the versatile and reliable ISO tank often comes in as a safe and efficient option. 

ISO tanks are large, intermodal steel cylinders built to rigorous international standards. These containers are available in a variety of sizes and can handle a diverse range of non-hazardous and hazardous liquids, making them a great choice for global shipping. When considering ISO tank shipping, there are many advantages, including:

  • Versatility: From food grade oils to fertilizers, the range of compatible liquids is vast.
  • Flexibility: Ability to seamlessly transition between trucks, trains, and ships for door-to-door delivery.
  • Efficiency: Bulk transport reduces packaging costs and environmental impact.
  • Durability: Built to withstand the rigors of global travel, ensuring product integrity.
  • Security: Tamper-evident seals and robust construction minimize cargo risks.
  • Quality: The ability to heat ISO tanks allows for more efficient transport of products that solidify at lower temperatures and maintaining product quality.

While ISO tanks offer numerous benefits, it is important to be aware of regulations related to ISO tank shipping. FGN can help you navigate all of the required considerations, including:

  • IMDG Code and Carrier Hazardous Material Approvals: International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, crucial for hazardous cargo.
  • DOT Regulations: For shipping within the US, ensure compliance with Department of Transportation rules.
  • Tank Container Cleaning: Understand cleaning procedures for different cargo types to avoid contamination.

Selecting a reputable ISO tank service provider is important. FGN’s established history in ISO tank shipping provides:

  • Experience: Expertise in handling your specific cargo and navigating regulations. Working with FGN connects you with experts who understand required lead times, documentation requirements, and can stay ahead of potential delays.
  • Safety record: A commitment to safe handling and risk mitigation. FGN is proud of our safety record and just closed out 2023 with another incident-free year.
  • Global network: Connections to ensure seamless transportation across borders. With a robust international network, FGN can manage your shipments from door-to-door. 
  • Technology: FGN offers a fully customizable TMS system that provides visibility throughout the shipment process. 

FGN is well versed in the advantages, regulations, and best practices of ISO tank shipping – we can help you determine the most efficient method for shipping your bulk liquid while taking in all considerations required for your routing. Reach out to us today with any questions or to discuss your shipping needs. 

Written by Juli Herndon

February 14, 2024