How Many Used IBC Totes Can Fit on a Standard Truck?

Posted by ReUsed USA
On November 28, 2022

So How Many Used Totes Can Fit on a Standard Truck?





An average freight truck can carry 60 IBC tanks. The size, weight, and material of the tanks will determine this, as well as how large the truck is. For the standard 275 and 330 Gallon IBC totes, you can almost always fit 60 totes per truckload. It is however important to load the IBCs with the valves facing the outside walls of the truck to ensure the full 60 get on.




IBC Tote Sizing Chart for Freight




Type of TruckInterior DimensionsDoor OpeningNumber of IBCs
LTL (Less Than Truckload)N/AN/A12 – 275 Gal
12 – 330 Gal
6 – 550 Gal IBCs
53′ Dry Van (FTL)L: 48 – 53 feet 
W: 8.5 feet
H:  9 ft
N/A60 – 275 Gal IBC
60– 350 Gal IBCs
26– 550 Gal IBCs
20′ Shipping ContainerL: 5.90m (19’4″)
W: 2.35m (7’9″)
H: 2.39m (7’10”)
W: 2.34m (7’8″)
H: 2.28m (7’6″)
8 – 275 Gal IBCs
8 – 330 Gal IBCs
8 – 550 Gal IBCs
40′ Standard Shipping ContainerL: 12.02m (39’5″)
W: 2.34m (7’8″)
H: 2.36m (7’8″)
W: 2.33m (7’7″)
H: 2.27m (7’5″)
18 – 275 Gal IBCs
18 – 330 Gal IBCs
18 – 550 Gal IBCs
40′ High Cube Shipping ContainerL: 12.03m (39’6″)
W: 2.35m (7’8″)
H: 2.69m (8’10”)
W: 2.34m (7’8″)
H: 2.58m (8’6″)
36 – 275 Gal IBCs
36 – 330 Gal IBCs
18 – 550 Gal IBCs




IBC Tote Size, Weight, and Material

For IBC Tote Recycling or Removal it is important that the Containers are empty or have no more than 1inch of liquid inside of them. Before placing an IBC tank on a truck, it must be measured and weighed. This will help ensure that the vehicles are capable of transporting containers safely without them breaking or spilling. In most cases, an IBC tank will come with a certification plate that will let you know its size as well as its weight limit. It is also important to consider the type of material that is used to make the IBC tank before you put it into a common freight truck. There is no doubt that plastic IBC containers tend to be more lightweight than IBC containers made of carbon steel or stainless steel. The reason for this is that more plastic IBCs can be loaded into a truck at one time compared to carbon and stainless steel IBCs because of this.

Contents Inside the IBC Tank

Depending on what is inside the IBC tank, the number of IBCs that can fit inside the freight truck may vary. To prevent dangerous situations, it may be best to only load a limited number of containers into the truck if they contain hazardous items. When loading IBCs with hazmat material it is imprtant that the truck has matching placards to go match the material. These are the common classifcations of hazmat material in IBC totes

  1. Gases
  2. Flammable Liquid and Combustible Liquid,
  3. Flammable Solid, Spontanaeously Combustible and Dangerous When Wet
  4. Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide,
  5. Poison (Toxic) and Poison Inhalation Hazard,
  6. Radioactive,
  7. Corrosive,
  8. Miscellaneous, and the general Dangerous placard.


How to stack IBC tanks inside a freight truck

It is common for freight trucks to be able to carry IBC tanks that are stacked two high. In addition to preventing the IBCs from falling, this also allows for plenty of room on the top and sides of the truck, which makes it easier to remove the containers once they have been loaded.  For a full 53 foot dry van truck this will include two rows of 30 IBC totes The intermediate bulk container (IBC) is a common way of transporting and storing liquids, viscous liquids, or granular materials. For these applications, these totes are among the most cost-effective ways to store these products, and they are used worldwide by manufacturers for storing these products.   Let us know how we can help with any IBC Tote Recycling Needs 

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