Pallet Tanks

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)

ACO offers a wide range of transportable Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) for the transportation of goods, including dangerous goods, under various conditions. Please note that the term IBC tank, common in the industry, refers to the same product.

UN Intermediate Bulk Container

A UN Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) is a container with a capacity of 3000 L or less designed for mechanical handling. The container may be rigid or flexible, but cannot be a box, drum, jerry can or bag.

Under Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations, a domestically manufactured UN standardized IBC must comply with the Design, Fabrication and Use of Intermediate Bulk Containers for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods standard.

What can be stored in the IBCs?

IBCs can hold a variety of liquid (water, chemicals, hazardous materials) or solid (granules and powders) products.

They can also be used as secondary tanks to collect spills or leaks from a primary tank.

How do I select and use the right type of IBC?

It is the shipper’s responsibility to select the appropriate IBC for the material to be transported. There are several criteria for selecting a UN standard IBC that must be met, according to the standard. When procuring an IBC, the shipper must ensure that:

  • the requirements of the packaging instructions in Appendix B of CAN/CGSB-43.146 are met;
  • the IBC tank has passed various tests regarding the packing group of the dangerous goods to be transported;
  • the load does not exceed the capacity indicated on the IBC (this could also be gross weight or allowable load);
  • the IBC has undergone the required leak test and inspection within the required time frame (for code 21 and 31 IBCs);
  • the IBC is made of a material compatible with the material being transported.

Our UN standardized Intermediate Bulk Containers

Tuff IBC tote, UN approved

U.N. Approved PTC-TDA series
The industry standard for over 30 years. These IBCs are the most environmentally friendly reusable containers available today for Transport of Dangerous Goods. ACO’s proven design ensures complete drainage and maximum durability.

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Dangerous goods, fully enclosed, UN approved IBC tote

Fully Enclosed U.N. Approved PTC-TDA-FE series
These heavy duty units offer all the benefits of the PTC-TDA series above but with the added protection of full steel side panels on all four (4) sides. Ideal for harsh working environment.

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Stackeable, Low profile, Steel & Plastic IBC tote

Low Profile
ACO Pallet Tanks low profile design offers double stacking during transportation. Large 10" threaded opening designed for unique applications.

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135 gallons, small and narrow IBC tote

Narrow Profile
ACO Containers offers another first in the industry, the narrow profile Pallet Tank. Designed to be moved through narrow doorways (30").

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Double Tank
ACO Containers offered the first double tank design in the industry. Allows for two separate products in one shipment.

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Granular and Powder Applications
ACO Pallet Hoppers are designed for granular and powder applications. Sliding gate valves for fast and efficient discharge.

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Quick Discharge
ACO QD (QuickDischarge) Pallet Tanks are designed to ship viscous liquids and allow for quick and complete drainage.

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What industries may need IBCs?

Our IBCs are very useful to the chemical industry: petrochemicals, phytosanitary chemistry, pharmaceuticals, polymers and paints, oleochemistry, etc.

They are also requested by companies and cities that need to store water for emergency systems.

Finally, pulp and paper companies also need this type of tank.

How do I identify a UN standardized IBC?

On a UN standardized IBC, the appropriate UN marking must be found (refer to Chapter 6.5 of the UN Recommendations or Chapter 5 of CAN/CGSB-43.146 for the requirements).

The mark must also meet certain criteria: it must be legible (at least 12 mm high), clearly visible (i.e., easily identifiable) and durable. For composite IBCs, the UN mark must be on the outer packaging (a mark on the inside of the container is not compliant).

Where can I get a UN-size bulk container?

Aco Container Systems produces tanks that are designed for transportation and meet all the necessary standards for use in Canada.

You can find us on Transport Canada’s list of suppliers of UN standardized intermediate bulk containers.

Can I use a non-UN standardized IBC to transport my dangerous goods?

Yes, but only if a few conditions are met.

For example, TC, CTC or DOT 56 or 57 specification portable tanks may be accepted if they meet the requirements cited in CAN/CGSB-34.146.

Please consult the Transport Canada website for more details.

Usage Types are (but not exclusive) or Which Industries use this kind of tank:

  • Chemical industry
  • Storing water for emergency water systems
  • Pulp & paper

Liquids it can hold:

  • This is a tank designed for holding fluids temporarily. It is secondary tank to catch spills, overflow or leaks of fluid from a primary tank. Liquids vary from water to chemicals.