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Transmodal Product Transfer Stations
Product transfer stations are operated to reduce inland transportation costs and/or to maximize payloads in intermodals tanks.
Railcar to ISO Service
Marine Bulk Parcel

Rail Tanks

The ideal method to reach export locations when:

  • The product source location is relatively far from the port location (greater than 800 Km.)
  • Product volumes are in the range of 80 MT per month or per move.
  • The rail system is reliable.

The above conditions will generally favor the rail tank option over sending the intermodal tank to the product source or using tank trucks to deliver the product to the port area. 

When over-the-road weight restrictions are more severe at the source or intermediate locations than the export jurisdiction, product transfers close to the port can help reduce the overall unit freight cost.

In conjunction with third-party partners, Flexitank Inc. provides product transfer services from rail tanks or tank trucks to intermodal tanks. Transfer stations are operated in strict compliance with all jurisdictional regulations.

Marine Bulk Parcel

Transportation / Distribution Management

Flexitank, Inc. can manage the entire process:

  • Feeding and contracting the export terminal.
  • Chartering marine tankers.
  • Contracting the import terminal.
  • Surveyor certifications (quality/quantity).
  • Supervising an in-bond distribution program.
  • Offshore inventory insurance.

Large volume product, >2,000 metric tons/year, to a single international destination usually move through marine bulk. This system requires bulk liquid shore terminals at the export and import locations, and a vessel equipped with tanks and pumps to transport the marine part of the process. The terminals can use multiple tank trucks 01-rail tanks to manage moderate parcels; larger 3 moves normally require shore storage tanks to avoid expensive vessel demurrage.