Marine Bulk Parcel Transportation / Distribution Management
Large volume products (>2,000 metric tons/year) to a single international
destination usually move through marine bulk. This system requires bulk liquid
shore terminals at the export and import locations, and a vessel equipped with
tanks and pumps to transport the marine part of the process. The terminals
can use multiple tank trucks or rail tanks to manage moderate parcels; larger
normally require shore storage tanks to avoid expensive vessel demurrage.
Many shore terminals are within bonded areas, where a product may be stored
without paying import duties to the host country for a period of time. This
could be an ideal distribution channel.
Customers have local inventories without the investment usually associated with
them. They gradually "nationalize" the product as needed. Given the
extremely high interest rates in Latin America and Caribbean countries vs. North
the in-bond program could become a strategic marketing tool. Suppliers
avoid the need to establish a local company and its corresponding overhead and
Flexitank, Inc. can manage the entire
and contracting the export terminal
Contracting the import terminal
Supervising an in-bond distribution program.
Flexitank uses terminals which have been previously evaluated by the company
safety and compliance with environmentally sound practices.