CLX ChemLogix is our industry-recognized chemical 4PL division and the origin of CLX Logistics. With our extensive experience in chemical logistics, we are trusted by chemical companies around the world to build and deliver transportation solutions that meet their unique regulatory pressures and safety and security concerns.
For chemical companies looking to outsource some or all of their logistics functions, we have the expertise and capabilities necessary to get your hazardous liquids or solid chemical substances to their destination safely and on time. We tap into our 4PL product suite for solutions proven to increase performance and reduce costs. At CLX, we are always innovating to help shippers and manufacturers succeed.
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What is Chemical Logistics?
Chemical logistics is the transportation and supply chain networking of chemical freight around the world through all modes of transportation. Chemical logistics specialists handle the organization, activities, resources, regulatory requirements, and overall management between chemical companies, freight carriers and distributors, customers, and other partners.
What Are the Benefits of
Chemical Logistics Specialists?
A specialized chemical logistics provider enables chemical manufacturers and their partners to save time and money through expert guidance, specialized procedures and equipment, and up-to-date regulatory support. Modern chemical logistics makes effective use of intermodal transportation, which combines and optimizes road, rail, ocean, and air modes. At CLX Logistics, our intermodal chemical logistics solutions offer several benefits, including:
- Up to 30% cost reduction compared to OTR chemical shipments
- No driver capacity constraints
- Forward chemical storage eliminates shortages and delivery delays
- Reduction in overall carbon footprint
- A single point of contact for ordering
What Are the Differences Between Traditional & Chemical Logistics?
The biggest differences between traditional logistics and chemical logistics come down to the containers required to safely transport chemical freight and all of the regulations that chemical products must follow.
Bulk ISO tanks are used to transport liquid chemicals across networks and modes and are standardized worldwide for safe use in bulk liquid chemical shipping. Check out our ISO Tank Capacity Guide here to learn about the formula and procedures CLX uses to identify the optimal ISO tank sizes for any given quantity of liquid chemical products.
Due to the potentially volatile or hazardous nature of many chemical products, chemical logistics involves maintaining compliance with regulations set forth by the US and other countries to ensure proper safety, transportation, storage, and handling precautions are strictly followed. Around the world, hazardous materials regulations change frequently, and experienced 4PLs have to be diligent about staying up to date on those changes. It’s critical for chemical manufacturers to partner with a 4PL that specializes in, understands, and complies with the regulations and responsibilities set by the federal government. Read our Guide to HAZMAT Classes in Transportation to learn more about the various HAZMAT Classes defined by the FMCSA.
Understanding Procurement Bidding & Benchmarking for Chemical Freight
One of the most efficient ways to optimize a chemical supply chain logistics strategy from top to bottom is through proper planning, analysis, and smart decision-making in the procurement, bidding, and benchmarking process. These steps include:
PLANNING & PREPARATION
- Carrier evaluations
- Data validation and analysis
- Determine bidding strategies
- Request for proposal (RFP)
- Bid-hosting environment setup
PROCUREMENT & BID MANAGEMENT
- Comprehensive carrier support
- Data analysis
- Transportation network enhancements
ADVANCED FREIGHT PROCUREMENT SOLUTIONS
- Post-bid benchmarking
- Data-driven optimizations
- Increase efficiency and savings across all modes
Maximizing Efficiency in
Modern Chemical Logistics
Once a chemical provider reaches a certain size, they’ll start to face challenges in their supply chain. Processes become overly complicated, and costs can swell among all of the deliveries that leave transload stations. The key to exceeding expectations is clear communication. With weekly delivery schedule updates, CLX Logistics can maximize efficiency for chemical manufacturers and their partners, easily handle special requests, and assist with any unforeseen challenges.
Chemical logistics is a 24/7 operation, and it takes the right monitoring capabilities and experience to continuously find new efficiencies across appointment booking, carrier booking, loading site designation, and more. With open lines of communication between all parties, schedules are easier kept, and partnerships become stronger and more efficient. Our post, Get More From Your Chemical Logistics Program, goes into further detail on how chemical logistics specialists:
- Identify potential areas of improvement
- Implement forward-thinking strategies
- Make smart supply chain optimizations
Succeeding in Chemical
Logistics in Times of Crisis
For chemical manufacturers, understanding the unknowns in the transportation process can be a major asset. With a significant increase in global travel restrictions, it’s critical for chemical shippers to minimize unknowns and gain complete control over the shipping process, essential data, and decision points. To ensure success in times of crisis, chemical logistics demands:
- Supply chain visibility
- Effective information management
- Active participation in supply chain issues by multiple shipper departments
- Current market intelligence
- Strong carrier relationships
Identifying best practices is an essential first step, but you won’t benefit from them unless you make a plan, implement them, and stick to them. These four tactics can help:
FIND THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY
IMPLEMENT AN ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY
CREATE AN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
UTILIZE A FLEXIBLE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY
Read more about what our experts have to say about the
5 Best Practices for Chemical Logistics Success in Times of Crisis.