Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Flexitank

what is a flexitank

What Is a Flexitank And How Can It Lower Transport Costs

Flexitank is a large size container that is made up of many layers of polyethylene and is used for transporting liquids that are safe to ship from one location to another. The outer part of the liquid container is covered with polypropylene. Flexitanks help transport non-hazardous liquid using a standard 20-foot ocean or railway container. Thus, flexitanks help convert a normal dry goods carrier into a liquid carrier very conveniently. The packaging of the flexitank is done in an environment-friendly manner and it is used at a time.

Advantages of Using Flexitank

As with any mode of transport, flexitanks come with some very unique benefits, not often found in other means for moving liquids. The main advantages include:

Large Shipping Capacity

The maximum volume of each flexitank is 24,000 liters inside a general freight container, which can ship roughly 50 percent more cargo than bottled consignments, 40 percent more than drummed consignments, and 15 percent more than intermediate bulk containers.


Flexitanks are cheaper to use as compared to drums, IBCs, and tank containers. The cost of using flexitanks is one-third as compared to the transportation cost of bulk liquid using traditional bulk liquid containers.

Makes loading/unloading faster

It does not require the use of a forklift to load or unload container which makes loading and unloading faster and also cheaper as compared to the cost of using drums and IBCs.

Requires less labor

As flexitanks are convenient to handle, load, and unload, you would require less labor, which also means lower logistic cost.

No cleaning cost

As the flexitank is disposable, there is no cleaning cost when using flexitanks.

No additional storage required

When using flexitanks no additional storage is required as flexitank is in itself a reliable storage unit.


Flexitanks are entirely recyclable so they are environmentally friendly.

Easily availability

Other bulk liquid transportation units need to be cleaned and shipped to where they’re needed once used, which can lead to shortages when you need to transport non-hazardous liquids. With flexitanks, you can ship them almost anywhere in the world within days, and then load them into a readily available 20-foot general container.

Drawback Of Using Flexitank:

Of course, flexitanks aren’t a one-size-fits-all alternative. There are some limitations also, which may make the more traditional tanks and drums a better option for you. Before opting to go this route, consider the following drawbacks of using flexitank to transport liquids goods:

Damage to containers

Flexitanks place pressure on the sidewall panels of general freight containers, sometimes causing them to bulge beyond the accepted size. Moreover, this pressure can permanently deform the containers, and some carriers will not accept the shipment of flexitanks.

Potential leakage

Flexitanks are still pliable even though they are made of multiple layers. Excessive force could cause a crack or rupture, leading to leakage of the contents of your container which can cost you the loss of goods as well as the cost of cleanup. The potential for spillage may also keep some carriers from accepting this type of shipment.

Lack of necessary equipment

Not all loading and unloading facilities have the proper setup or equipment to load and unload your cargo. You may be limited in where you can transport your freight. This may then come with an additional cost to move the liquid to the desired location.

Once loaded, the transport of a flexitank is the same as all other containers. You just need to determine whether the advantages outweigh the limitations and choose the best.

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How Does It Reduce Transportation Cost?

1. Flexitanks designed by us can collect a large quantity of liquid cargo as compared to the traditional drums. This helps minimize freight costs.
2. The operational charges get automatically reduced by allowing the customers to load more than a 20-foot container.
3. Labor charges are extremely low because of the faster loading process. The smart designs of our flexitank make the loading convenient for customers.
4. The flexitanks of our company have a quick absorbent quality. Moreover, the flexitanks of our company are environmentally friendly.

Tenax Transport

Our dedicated flexitank shipping services let you have a bulk logistic solution because of the easy handling process. The requirement of less labor will bring down the logistic expense naturally. If you’d like to learn more about shipping bulk liquid, please feel free to call our team today! We’d be more than happy to answer your questions!