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IBC Tote Dimensions & Sizes

Metano_350 tote - websiteIBC totes are available in a variety of sizes. Stainless steel tote tanks are available in sizes ranging from 180 gallons to 550 gallons. IBCs are DOT/UN certified tanks that are ideal for transporting and storing liquids for a variety of industries, including industrial chemicals. To utilize the space efficiently when storing and shipping liquid materials, it’s important to familiarize yourself with common IBC tote dimensions.

IBC Tote Dimensions & Sizes

The most commonly requested capacities are the 350-gallon & 550-gallon tote tanks. One 350-gallon IBC holds approximately the same amount as six 55-gallon drums. The standard base dimensions for the ss350 are 42” x 48”,  with a height of 47”.  The 550-gallon tote also has a base dimension of 42” x 48”, with a height of 71”.  The tare weights are approximately 475 lbs. and 630 lbs., respectively.

IBC Stacking

One of the main advantages of using stainless steel tote tanks is the ability to stack one tank on top of the other.  This is a major space saving feature!  While the capacity may vary, the same base dimension allows for easy stacking. 350-gallon stainless steel tote tanks can be stacked four high when empty. They can also double stack in a trailer (as long as they are empty), maximizing the number of totes that can be transported at one time.  

Here’s a quick reference guide to help you find the right fit:

Standard Tank SizesSee SS IBC Details
Capacity (Gallons) Length Width Height Tare Weight (Pounds)
350 42" 48" 47" 470
550 42" 48" 71" 640
Capacity (Gallons) Length  Width Height Tare Weight (Pounds)
180 42" 48" 27" 350
250 42" 48" 35" 390
300 42" 48" 41" 435
450 42" 48" 59" 550


Choosing an IBC Tote

When choosing an IBC tote, you should consult a reputable tote tank provider to ensure that you get the best tote tank to suit your requirements. While there are standard sizes and fittings, stainless steel totes can be easily customized for specific applications found in the many different industries that utilize the container. 

Need a custom IBC tote size? Let us provide a quote!

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Topics: IBC dimensions, IBC totes, IBC capacity

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