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IBC container compliance: Inspecting your IBC tanks

IBC tanks are designed specifically for the transportation of large amounts of liquids, and must be regularly tested to ensure they meet all IBC requirements. In our guide, we’ll summarize the regulations involved and why it’s important to stay compliant when using an IBC container. 

At Western Global, we specialize in safe fuel storage. We take compliance seriously, meaning that, when you purchase one of our fuel tanks, you can be confident that your fuel is safely contained and comply with IBC regulations. We’ll go into more detail about IBC standards and their importance below.


What does IBC stand for?

IBC stands for Intermediate Bulk Containers, which are large, industrial containers that transport and store bulk liquids. The term ‘intermediate’ indicates the substantial volumes these containers hold.

Sometimes known as IBC tote tanks, they come in a range of sizes and materials. Their stackable abilities make them ideal for storing large quantities onsite while still allowing for easy access to fluids as and when required.

At Western Global, our TransCube range is  IBC compliant, meaning that your fuel can be stored and transported safely in line with regulations. Our TransCube Global is designed for safe, portable fuel storage – all without leaks and spillages. It’s a double walled tank which allows for complete containment, ideal for storing fuel and other liquids. Find out more about the TransCube Global here.


What is an IBC tank used for?

An IBC tank is used to store large, industrial goods, often hazardous liquids. They’re used throughout a variety of industries, such as construction and farming, to provide safe and secure storage of goods. 

Common uses of IBC tanks include:

  • Fuel
  • Chemicals and pharmaceuticals 
  • Rainwater collection
  • Powdered liquids, such as food
  • Sands and grains


How long does an IBC last?

If properly maintained and you remain compliant with intermediate bulk container regulations, your IBC tank can last for decades. Always make sure you understand how to safely handle your container, where it can be stored and how to transport it from one location to the next, to ensure maximum use. 


How often should an IBC be inspected?

In the US, the inspection interval for intermediate bulk containers is every two-and-a-half years, starting from the manufacture or repair date. 

If you’re operating in Canada, re-certification inspections of intermediate bulk container tanks need to be carried out every five years, as its registration certification is usually valid for this period of time. This must be done by a third party, registered by Transport Canada for this work. A database of the registered facilities can be found here, and further testing information is available on the Transport Canada website.

Examinations and certifications for Intermediate Bulk Containers

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) require statutory inspections and certifications to stay compliant. This includes our popular TransCube range, designed to be transported filled with fuel. 

As they are often used for hazardous liquid storage, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) has developed intermediate bulk containers standards to ensure the tanks, and what’s in them, are 100% secure. That’s why it’s important to always stay up to date with the latest regulations and have your IBC tank inspected regularly. 

For the US, the intermediate bulk container exam includes:

  • A thorough examination of the tank and its equipment – looking for cracks, corrosion or any other defect that may hinder the use of the tank. Service equipment such as gauges must also be inspected. 
  • Markings on the tank – each IBC tank should be marked clearly and durably, following the sequence required by intermediate bulk containers regulations. Labellings include the country in which the inspections were performed, the name of the inspector and the date of the last test. 
  • A leakproof test and inspection of the inner tank – the inner should be removed for this. Again, internal inspections include searching for defects that may impact the safety of the IBC tank.

Full details of the Intermediate Bulk Containers regulations can be found here.

IBC transportable fuel storage - your responsibilities

Regulations change over time and vary in different jurisdictions, and so it’s up to the owner/IBC tank provider to keep records of all tests, inspections and repairs of your intermediate bulk container tank. 

You must always make note of:

  • Design and packaging specifications for your IBC tank
  • Name and address of testing facilities, including the person who conducted the test
  • Results of the inspection

You should always have these records on hand, ready for future inspections and any requests made by governing bodies.  


Western Global: Intermediate Bulk Container manufacturers

At Western Global, our tanks are IBC 31A/Y-certified, giving you complete confidence in your tank when transporting fuel and storing it onsite. Each tank is manufactured in accordance to both local and global testing standards, exceeding inspections and providing you with safe, compliant bulk fuel storage. 

Our IBC tanks

Whether you’re transporting fuel from site to site, or are working in a small, logistically-challenging environment, our IBC tanks allow you to refuel as and when while remaining compliant with the latest intermediate bulk container standards. 

With a range of stackable containers available, our double-walled fuel tanks are designed to last for years, manufactured from stainless steel for that extra layer of protection. We’ve engineered robust and durable fuel solutions that allow you to store fuel in bulk safely. 

If you have any questions about IBC compliance, or are on the hunt for a fuel storage tank, get in touch with our team. 

TransCube Global IBC Tank

Our TransCube is a global-approved fuel storage solution, widely used throughout a range of industries.

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