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What Is Liquid Bulk?

The term dry bulk describes goods that are dry, are transported in large amounts and can be “poured”. These can be raw materials for construction or even foodstuffs. Everything that can only be shipped in bulk and cannot be "counted", so to speak, due to the quantity is bulk goods. Here are a few examples:

  • Pellets
  • Granules
  • Coal
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Animal Feed

In European Short Sea Transport 2019, bulk shipments accounted for about 21%, following the most common mode of transport, bulk liquid transport. The transport of dry bulk has experienced a strong upward trend, resulting in the highest numbers within the last 10 years.




How Does Dry Bulk Shipping Work?


The question of how dry bulk are transported depends very much on the type of goods. There are also different types of tippers that can be used for different products. Dry bulk carriers use, for example, skip loaders, dump trucks or walking floor vehicles for transporting building materials. In addition, there is the possibility of dry bulk container transport. However, silos are also frequently used. These are mainly used in agriculture for transporting animal feed or for soluble goods such as sugar or salt.


What Are the Usual Means of Transport for Dry Bulk Transportation?

Dry bulk shipping companies most often use the truck and the train as means of transport for dry bulk. This ensures ideal flexibility so that goods reach their destination safely and quickly. However, for both short and long distances, sea freight is also often used for dry bulk logistics. Air freight is the least used for transporting dry bulk.



What Are the Challenges of Dry Bulk Logistics?


Because dry bulk goods are not individually packaged goods, the goods lie in the dry bulk  container, silo or similar without protection. Therefore, it is immensely important to thoroughly clean the container for transporting these goods in order to prevent contamination. This is the only way to ensure quality for dry bulk. The transport carrier must be examined very thoroughly for any leaks before shipping dry bulk. Even the smallest cracks can contaminate goods from the outside or cause goods to trickle out of the transport carrier. Only if the dry bulk container or silo is leak-proof can the bulk goods be delivered without any problems.

Another issue is weight. Some roads and means of transport have weight restrictions for your freight. Thus, when it comes to dry bulk, you have to bear in mind that different bulk goods do not always weigh the same. This means that you may be able to fill an entire container to the brim with one type of goods, but only three quarters of the container with another.


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