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How to Use FIBC Container Bags

How to Use FIBC Container Bags

The preferred choice for shipping dry particulate particles in bulk are FIBC bags, or flexible intermediate bulk containers. Also called big bags or bulk bags, these containers can be used to store and ship a variety of different products. They are typically used in places such as coffee plantations or cement powder plants and can be transported by planes, trains, or trucks. They can even be stowed inside of intermodal containers or on overseas ships.

The industrial containers are meant to transport or secure flowable goods and come in many different shapes and sizes. They are composed of flexible woven polyethylene or polypropylene which are safe, clean, and very cost-effective crude oil byproducts. They can also be recycled. Compared with rigid containers, FIBCs have lots of advantages. They can hold a tremendous amount of volume related to their weight, which is vital to the shipping industry, as the overall transportation bill encompasses the cost of dead weight as it relates to containers. The bags can also be handled more easily because they can be loaded and unloaded with a machine using built-in straps for slinging, which saves time and manual labor. FIBC bags are safer than solid product containers because they are not as heavy.

Packaging Uses for FIBC Bulk Bags

FIBC bags can ship a variety of different goods because they are durable, easy to unload and load, can carry a lot of material, and do an exceptional job of keeping the goods protected. It is important for anyone using bulk bags to know how to ship them. In addition, FIBC bag shipping guidelines must be followed when goods are transported with them.

Shipping Bulk Bags Inside of Containers

If the bulk bags are shipped in the hold of a vessel, they should be more than strong enough to protect your items throughout the entire journey, and additional protection should not be needed. But if the bulk bags are exposed to hazardous or weather-related elements on a flatbed truck or on the deck of a vessel, they will need extra protection.

Sea cans are containers that provide protection for goods against hazardous or weather-related elements, and can travel safely to their destination without any major harm. It can take time to load or unload the bags from the sea cans, and they will likely be very heavy, but they are the best solution for these particular situations.

Shipping Recommendations for FIBC Bags

Whether you are shipping goods by air or by sea, there are several guidelines you will need to follow to keep your products safe. The goods should be tightly packed inside of the containers so that the loads don’t shift too much in the event of turbulence or rough seas. The items you are shipping should also be packed with the heaviest materials on the bottom of the container and the lightest ones on top.

FIBC bags must be kept away from sharp objects. As tough as these bags are, they are not resistant to cuts or pierces. Heavy loads should be distributed throughout the sea can, and they must also be firmly attached to the deck so the cans don’t come loose. A code should be on every sea can so that officials who are inspecting them know what’s inside and where they are going.

Liquid goods need to be stored on the lower levels of the cans, with dry goods on top so they will not become wet in the event of a ship leak. Flammable materials and chemicals or electricals must be stored separately from any goods that might react with them.

Last, but not least, the goods should be secured using a gate or a net before shutting the doors so that once the ship arrives, the goods and cans won’t spill out when the door is opened.

These simple guidelines will ensure that the FIBC bags effectively do their jobs so that your goods will safely arrive at their designated destinations.

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