Bulk Distributor Jul/Aug 18

B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR www.bulk-distributor.com July/August 2018 Est. 1990 Your single information source for bulk and semi-bulk logistics Tank Containers • Flexitanks • IBCs • Drums • FIBCs • Bulk Liners • Road Tankers • Loading/Bagging • Bulk Logistics • Cleaning & Repair Depots • Components IN THIS ISSUE Shipper 2 Industrial Packaging 3 Flexitanks 6 Digitalisation 8 Road & Rail Tanks 10 Product Transfer 12 Sector Focus: Minerals 14 Containers 16 Publisher: Mike Reardon mike@bulk-distributor.com Tel: +44 (0)1565 653283 Managing Editor: Neil Madden neil@bulk-distributor.com The Schütz Wine-Store-Age IBC is billed as a real alternative for the maturation and storage of wine Tel: +33 (0)3 88 60 30 68 Advertising Director: Anne Williams anne@bulk-distributor.com Tel: +44 (0)20 854 13130 Circulation: Berni Chetham berni@andpublishing.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1565 653283 © Ashley & Dumville Publishing Bulk Distributor is published by Ashley & Dumville Publishing Caledonian House, Tatton Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6AG, United Kingdom www.bulk-distributor.com To advertise or contribute please email anne@bulk-distributor.com or newsdesk@bulk-distributor.com FEATURES IN THE NEXT ISSUE Tank containers Components Bulk Powders & Granulates Schütz claims breakthrough for wine IBC B illed as a “real alternative for the maturation and storage of wine”, Schütz’s new Wine-Store-Age IBC is equipped with an EVOH barrier for controlled oxygen supply. The IBC and its benefits have been tested by experts in Australia. Studies are also currently being carried out at the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim, Germany, and Schütz says the initial results are “very promising”. Compared with conventional tanks, wine manufacturers can save time and costs in their supply chain. Schütz is now looking for wine growers and producers as test partners. Schütz is currently asking German wine growers and producers to consider the new solution, arguing that the cubic bulk packaging of the IBC is a great tool for use in wineries, cellars and warehouses. The best proof of this claim is a 2016 Rheingau Riesling dry: this wine was the result of a co-operation with the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim. Schütz’s Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age was the focus of a series of scientific tests conducted at the institute. Three years ago, this IBC was extensively and successfully tested by experts at the Australian Wine Institute (AWRI) using a barrique variant of a Shiraz red wine. In Germany, the oenologists at Geisenheim University led by Professor Rainer Jung also focused on this topic. Together with Schütz, they chose a typical Riesling from the slate slopes of the Rhine Valley, representing the numerous white wine varieties that are grown in Europe. In order to continue these tests in day-to-day winery operations, Schütz is has been recruiting wine growers and producers interested in testing the Wine-Store-Age IBC. Applicants were invited to register stating briefly how they intended to use the IBC; then Schütz selected a number of testers, each of whom received five containers along with project support and inclusion in joint marketing and PR. A variety of container shapes and materials are used during the wine production process. Wine typically matures in barrels or – as a modern alternative – in steel or plastic containers. Protecting this oxidation-prone product from external influences is one of the main challenges. This also determines the choice of container, which must ensure that only small quantities of oxygen can permeate. Oxygen is the number one enemy of wine: it alters the flavour and character, accelerates premature ageing and diminishes the quality. However, wine also depends on oxygen to mature, as it influences the content of phenols, the colour, the tannins and other essential aroma substances. Continued on p3. h^ƚĂƌŝīƚŚƌĞĂƚƚŽƚĂŶŬƐ A s Bulk Distributor went to press, the International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) advised members of the possible imposition of tariffs by America on imported tank containers. ITCO issued an advisory stating that as the USA is in negotiation within the scope of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and in the process of increasing tariffs on specified imports, primarily from China and Europe, this could in certain cases, concern tanks imported from China. United States Tariff Representative (USTR) issued Docket USTR 2018-0018 on 15 June 2018. The docket refers to the US Harmonised Tariff Schedule Section 301. Annex C lists items under consideration for China import tariffs and includes sub-heading 8609.00.00 intermodal ISO containers, among these “containers for transport of fluids”. If implemented, tank containers imported into the USA from China will be subject to an import tariff of 25 percent of value. ITCO is co-operating with the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL), the US- based container leasing organisation). IICL has requested confirmation from its legal counsel on the free movement of international containers for temporary import, and ITCO is waiting for documented findings. The free movement of tank containers in international trade and displaying the standard plate marking ‘Approved for Transport Under Customs Seal’, ie, containers that are engaged in temporary import to USA, should remain tariff free and continue to ply their trade as before. However, if containers manufactured in China Tank and dry containers at Port of Los Angeles. Containers imported into the USA from China could be subject to a tariff of 25 percent are imported into the USA - for example containers repurposed for continued use within the USA - the tariff is expected to apply. 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