An Overview of Chemical Packaging Types

Commercial packaging is meant to hold industrial-grade products, like hazardous chemicals and barrels of food-grade liquids. This is also known as bulk container packaging. OctoChem is one of the best custom packaging companies to meet your packaging needs. 

There are at least 4 main types of chemical commercial packaging. They are:

  • Jerry Cans
  • Drums
  • IBC
  • Flexitank Container

Each container is designed to carry different materials. If you use our custom commercial packaging services, we can determine which packaging is right for your product. Details about each container can be found below.

Jerry Cans

Jerry cans are large steel or plastic containers designed to hold bulk liquids. They can about 5 gallons of liquid during transport. Jerry cans are lightweight and are used by many chemical producers and distributors. They were designed with safety in mind.


Chemical drums, known as barrels, are bulk containers made of either metals or plastic materials. These barrels are sustainable because they can be reused or repurposed. They are a popular packaging option among product packaging companies. Drums can hold about 52 gallons and can contain all classes of chemicals. Drums can become dented and rusted easier than other commercial packaging, so ensure your drums are in good condition before each use.


Intermediate bulk containers (IBC) are specialized units that can hold up to 264 gallons of liquid substances. IBCs are cube-shaped and typically made of plastic, metal, or a combination of both. These containers usually contain hazardous chemicals in classes 3, 4, 5, and 9. They can also contain edible liquids like cooking oils. Supply chain operators prefer these containers because they can be moved with a forklift and are great for storage.

Flexitank Container

Flexitank containers are used to ship bulk amounts of non-hazardous liquids like edible oils. They are standard 20ft containers and can hold 6,340 gallons of liquid. The only downside to these containers is that they are made for one-time use. This makes them unsustainable. However, they can probably be repurposed if someone is creative enough. 

OctoChem Offers Custom Commercial Packaging Solutions

At OctoChem, we offer the best custom packaging for your shipping needs. Our commercial packaging services will give you professional results. Your clients will appreciate the attention to detail. 

Custom commercial packaging is the fastest-growing part of our business. We can set up an e-commerce site for you that allows easy ordering of your products through a web-based credit card system. Our team takes the order, processes it, ships it, invoices the customer, and collects the payment. We also manage inventory, labels, sizing, and brochures. Many custom packaging companies today use us to help expedite orders directly to their end-user. Let us bring this service to you.


Chemical commercial packaging can contain hazardous and non-hazardous liquids in various amounts. 4 types of chemical packaging are Jerry can, drums, intermediate bulk containers, and flexitanks. These containers can hold as little as 5 gallons of liquid, or as much as 6,340 gallons. Containers can hold either non-hazardous liquids like cooking oil or hazardous liquids like chemicals. Drums are the most popular choice because they are durable and easy to stack, while IBCs are preferred among supply chain operators. 

At OctoChem, we can help you determine which packaging you need to ship your product. We determine which container will keep your product safe during transport. We also handle the labeling, packaging, and manage inventory to take away your stress. Our team will set up an e-commerce site for you to make it easy for customers to order your products. Visit our website to learn more about our commercial packaging services.

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