The 8 Most Important Chemical Packaging Types

Packaging in the chemical industry takes on various forms. In the chemical industry, packaging is made for prolonged industrial usage, such as storing and transporting chemicals.  If chemicals are not properly packaged, there's a risk of incidents that pose a real danger to the safety of people, materials, and assets. 

Packaging for the chemical industry has witnessed immense growth over the years. The chemical packaging industry globally is expected to reach about 6.5 billion dollars by 2025. The industry is constantly improving with technological developments according to consumer preferences.  

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The Important Types of Packaging for Chemical Industry

Packaging is an important part of the handling and safety of chemicals. The packaging is usually tailor-made according to the classification of the chemical being distributed, transported, or stored. The most important types of packaging in the chemical industry include;


Chemical drums, also known as barrels, are usually cylindrical shaped and come in metal, fiber, or plastic materials. They are very sustainable because they can be reconditioned and reused.  Chemical drums usually have a capacity of about 200 liters and can be used to store or transport almost all chemical classes, including pharmaceutical liquids. 

Drums, however, are at risk of having dents when not properly handled. They can have cracks or get rusty, which can lead to a high-risk incident. Therefore, they should be handled with care whenever they are in use. Globally, drums are expected to reach a 7.1% CAGR between 2017 and 2027.

Image of drums in various sizes.


Flexi Tank Containers

Flexi tank containers are usually used to ship non-hazardous liquids, such as edible oils, in bulk. They are usually made to be standard 20ft containers. In 2017, it was estimated that over 800,000 Flexi containers were transported. Flexi tanks are cost-efficient and are now becoming a replacement for transportation shippers.   

Flexi Tank Containers, however, are a means of transportation and packaging that's restricted only to non-hazardous chemicals, and they're unsustainable due to their being a one-time usage material. The Flexi tank container is also fast-rising, with an estimated CAGR of 20.0% and a market estimation of 912 million dollars by 2023.

A sample of a FlexiTank Container

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)

Intermediate Bulk Containers are popularly known as IBCs. They are specialized units with a holding capacity of about 1,000 liters of liquid substance. IBCs are usually cube-shaped containers made of either metals, plastics, or a combination of both.

Intermediate Bulk Containers are usually used in the storage of dangerous chemicals in classes 3, 4, 5, and 9. They can also be used to store other chemicals, such as lubrication, edible liquids, and essential liquids. IBCs are usually described as eco-friendly due to their recyclable nature and usability. They are the preferred choice for most distributors and supply chain operators because they're easily handled by forklifts and efficient for storage.   

An Intermediate Bulk Container

ISO Tank Containers

ISO Tank Containers are the most economical bulk-usage packaging type in the chemical industry. They are cylindrical-shaped containers produced from stainless steel coated with a strong metallic layer. ISO Tanks have become popular for most bulk chemical packaging because most distributors and manufacturers use eco-packaging to reduce waste.

The chemical industry is starting to look for sustainable and safer solutions aligning with global climate concerns, hence the consideration of ISO tank containers as a more sustainable, cheaper, and environmentally friendly substitute. ISO Tank containers are used to store or transport hazardous chemicals, non-hazardous chemicals, and bulk liquids in large quantities.   ISO Tanks have a very low risk of leaks, making it a very safe option.

An Intermediate Bulk Container

Jerry Cans

Jerry cans are a reliable and secure means of storing and transporting bulk chemicals and liquids. They are specially designed and can hold up to 20 liters. They usually come in two forms: plastic and steel.

Many chemical distributors and producers use Jerry Cans because they are safe for transportation, in addition to their cost-effectiveness and lightweight. The Jerry Can market by 2027 is estimated to reach 4.6 billion dollars.

Jerry Can for chemical storage.

20ft Containers

They are specially-made chemical storage containers built to satisfy  BASIS/H&S standards. They are 20 feet long by 8 feet wide by 6 feet high. They are used to store various products, ranging from hazardous chemicals to non-hazardous chemicals.

20ft container floors are designed to hold any type of chemical. They are spill and leak-proof, preventing the chemicals from escaping. They are also designed with roof and floor-level vents, allowing gas to escape from the container and preventing the build-up of flammable or hazardous gases.

20Ft container for chemical storage and movement.

40ft Containers

The 40ft container is a special container, usually made specially for transporting and storing chemicals that require a bundled floor to prevent them from spilling. They usually have an aluminum or steel exterior with a stainless steel interior. 40ft containers usually have ranging cubic capacities. They are designed with ventilation to allow the dispersal of fumes and vapor.

A 40ft container

10ft Containers

10ft containers are hazardous chemical storage, mainly used in transportation. They come with a circa 10-ton payload and a capacity of about 226 liters. Most 10-foot containers usually come with a high-security lock box, making them one of the most secure packaging types. They are 10 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet high.

A 10ft Container


Your packaging material must abide by existing chemical safety and handling procedures when storing and transporting chemicals. If chemicals are not properly packaged, there's a risk of accidents, putting people around and the environment at risk. Various materials are used in packaging, which are tailor-made specifically for the special characteristics of various chemicals.