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Your experts for transporting liquid cargo worldwide

Transporting liquids around the world requires high-quality equipment and specialist expertise.

MSC Liquid Cargo Solutions provides a single point of contact for your liquids supply chain. Our complete package of in-house services covers all your needs, including flexibag supply and fitting.
Flexi-bags are a safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to other liquid transportation methods. These recyclable silk bags allow you to fill 20’ dry containers with up to 24,000 litres of liquid cargo.
  • Complete end-to-end service
  • In-house experts
  • Top-quality equipment
Global connectivity from ocean to inland
Because our liquid cargo solutions are fully connected to our ocean and intermodal network, we can deliver efficient door-to-door transportation all over the world. Our port and depot network includes key hubs for flexibag installation in Europe, as well as major liquid cargo production regions, from South America to the Middle East. We also have offices in all of the major exporting and receiving countries.
Flexibag equipment and expertise
We work with an accredited supplier to provide the highest quality of flexibags. Suitable for a wide range of cargo types and volumes, these recyclable bags are made from food-grade virgin polyethylene film with premium woven silk and a polypropylene outer layer for extra flexibility and strength. Our in-house experts carefully fit and secure each one at our dedicated fitting stations, using our own modern equipment.
End-to-end efficiency for your liquid supply chain
By choosing MSC liquid cargo solutions, you can reduce the number of parties involved in your supply chain. This results in greater efficiency, lower costs and reduced road miles. Product liability insurance is also included in our end-to-end service.
Inner liner and thermal liner fitting
  • Inner liners are a cost-effective and flexible alternative to bulk carriers. They help prevent cargo contamination and simplify the supply chain for dry bulk goods such as sugar, grains, cacao or plastic granulates.
  • Thermal liners help keep sensitive cargo dry, odourless and safe from temperature disruptions during transit.

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Liquid Cargo FAQs

What are flexibags?
Also known as flexitanks, flexibags allow customers to fill dry 20’ containers with up to 24,000 litres of liquid cargo. They offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to other liquid bulk cargo transportation methods, with less packaging than conventional drums.
What are flexibags made from?
Our multilayer recyclable bags are made from food-grade virgin polyethylene film with premium woven silk and a polypropylene outer layer for extra flexibility and strength.
What type of cargo can flexibags carry?

Flexibags can hold a wide range of liquid cargo, including:

- Soft drinks such as fruit juice/concentrate or mineral water
- Alcoholic beverages such as wine and flat beer
- Various types of oil, e.g., cooking oil and vegetable oil
- Non-hazardous chemicals, e.g., glycerine or lubricants

Flexibags cannot be used to carry:

- Hazardous chemicals


Are your flexibags food-grade suitable?
Yes, our recyclable bags are made from food-grade virgin polyethylene film.
Does a flexibag keep cargo fresh?
Yes, flexibags are designed to be airtight, so contents are kept fresh for the duration of their journey.
How many litres does a flexibag transport?
These recyclable bags allow you to fill 20’ dry containers with up to 24,000 litres of liquid cargo.
How do you fill a flexibag?
Flexibags can be filled from the top or bottom, depending on the cargo being loaded and the loading installation of our customers.
How long does it take to fill a flexibag?
On average it takes up to one hour to fill up the bag.
How do you transport liquid cargo?
  • Fit – load – go!
  • Top-quality flexibags are carefully secured inside containers by our in-house team at dedicated fitting stations.
  • Our experts then offer loading and unloading assistance at loading plant.
  • We keep your cargo moving with our seamless intermodal connections and global shipping solutions.

  • MSC experts are available at all points across the liquid cargo supply chain.
  • We offer complementary loading and unloading of liquid cargo while our cross-pumping service allows transfer to and from ISO tanks, flexibags, storage tanks or tank trucks.

 

How do you ensure the flexibag will transported safely during the journey?
  • Each flexibag is securely fitted by experts and held in place with a bulkhead to stabilise and support the bag.
  • Our flexibags are provided by an accredited manufacturer.
  • Our recyclable bags are made from food-grade virgin polyethylene film with premium woven silk and a polypropylene outer layer for extra flexibility and strength.
How many flexibags can fit into a container?
One bag is used per container, maximizing the volume usage and payload per container.
How many times can a flexibag be used?
Each flexibag is single-use and recyclable, making them the hygienic choice for shipping edible cargoes
What different kinds of flexibags does MSC offer?
  • All of our multilayer recyclable bags are made from food-grade virgin polyethylene film with premium woven silk and a polypropylene outer layer for extra flexibility and strength.
  • Single layer flexibags can be offered as well upon request, need or preference of the customer, taking into account the compatibility of the bag’s material and the product loaded.
  • Each bag can be individually tailored to meet customer needs.

Contact our expert team to discuss your flexibag needs.

 

What is the difference between a flexibag and a flexitank?
They are one and the same.
What are the benefits of flexibags compared to ISO tank containers?

Flexibags are generally a more flexible and cost-effective alternative to ISO tanks (cylindrical metal containers held inside a steel frame). This is because they can be installed inside any 20’ container that meets the relevant quality standards, with no need for cleaning or repositioning.

Not sure which option is best for your cargo? Speak to your local MSC team for help.


What are the benefits of using MSC’s liquid cargo solutions?
By choosing MSC’s Liquid Cargo Solutions you can reduce the numbers of parties involved in your supply chain.
The result: more efficiency, lower costs and reduced road miles.
How do MSC’s LCS save time and money?

MSC experts fit carefully selected flexibags at its depots prior to cargo pick-up, which removes the requirement for haulage to third-party fitting locations, reducing road miles, saving time and money and helping customers to meet their sustainability needs. In addition, there are no additional gating fees as only one journey is required from MSC depot to loading point.

Who provides your flexibags?
We work with an accredited supplier to provide the highest quality of flexi-bags.
Are MSC's liquid cargo solutions available in my country?
You can find our liquid cargo solutions at a growing number of MSC-owned depots around the world. 
Where are MSC’s liquid cargo solutions currently available?
When are these services going to be available in other areas?
We offer liquid cargo solutions in Argentina, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, USA and UK. We also have many other countries soon to be offering the solution so be sure to enquire if you have a query.
Because you need more than port-to-port services
Complementary services available on request
  • Loading & unloading assistance
  • MSC Cargo Insurance

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