DHL improves shipping of chemical freight

  • DHL Flexitank ensures more flexibility and allows shipment of up to 31 percent more cargo
  • Recyclable tanks reduce costs and environmental pollution

DHL125Bonn, 01/23/2013, 10:00 AM CET – It holds up to 24,000 liters and is a multi-layer bladder designed to fit into a standard 20-foot ocean container.

DHL Global Forwarding introduces a new product for the shipment of bulk non-hazardous liquids. Particularly designed for the chemicals and beverages sectors, the DHL Flexitank overcomes the problems associated with ISO tank containers, IBC totes or drums and offers a more cost effective and environmentally friendly means of transporting liquid products. Flexitanks are available globally and customers benefit from DHL’s worldwide network.

“DHL utilize first tier manufactured flexitanks to provide the highest quality product to our clients. The manufacturing quality and reliability of flexitanks have improved significantly over the past few years, which is especially useful for our chemical sector customers when shipping goods in vast volumes. It holds up to 24,000 liters and is a multi-layer bladder designed to fit into a standard 20-foot ocean container.” says Dominique von Orelli, Ocean Freight Head Europe Middle East Africa, DHL Global Forwarding.

DHL Flexitank

31 percent more cargo

Thanks to its flexibility, every inch of container space is available, which allows customers to ship up to 31 percent more cargo compared with IBC totes and drums. There is also less need for packaging, handling and loading, which in turn increases supply chain effectiveness and thus lowers costs.

Apart from that, ISO tank containers require return loads, long-term leasing agreements, and expensive cleaning procedures in order to avoid cross-contamination. The DHL Flexitank is recyclable, which enables customers to reduce their shipping costs by paying one-way international freight costs only. The range of goods which DHL is able to ship with Flexitanks also encompasses various other industries besides chemicals, such as consumer goods (beverages, concentrates), forestry (tall oil), parts of life sciences (enzymes), and energy (bio-fuels).

The chemical sector is subject to comprehensive safety and environmental regulations, which call for complex supply chain requirements. With solutions such as the DHL Flexitank, DHL makes sure to improve every phase of its customer’s individual supply chain. Combined with the company’s global infrastructure and the local expertise, it ultimately allows DHL to provide market access more consistently.