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Shipping Information

DOW Caustic Soda solution is transported via tank truck, tank car, barge and marine vessel from Dow manufacturing facilities and terminals located across the globe.

Dow utilizes a fleet of tank trucks which are constructed of stainless steel or are lined to preserve product quality. Where weather conditions require, tank trucks are insulated.

Dow utilizes a fleet of insulated and lined tank cars equipped with suitable heating coils for caustic soda solution service. Tank cars are equipped to allow unloading from the top by air pressure or from the bottom by pump or air pressure and are lined to preserve product quality.

A fleet of contracted barges is used for deliveries to customers and terminals.

Marine vessels are also utilized to move large quantities from manufacturing facilities to terminals or overseas for export sales.

All vessels are inspected prior to loading to assure product quality and responsible transportation prior to shipment.

DOW Caustic Soda solution can be shipped in tank cars or tank trucks in the quantities shown in the tables below.

Tank Car Shipments
Size of Car Approximate Solution Wt. Approximate Dry Wt.
Gallons Lbs. Kilos Lbs. Kilos
16,000 200,000 90,900 100,000 45,500


Tank Truck Shipments
Size of Truck-U.S. Size of Truck-Canada Approximate Solution Wt. Approximate Dry Wt.
Gallons Solution
Metric Tons
Dry
Metric Tons
Lbs. Kilos Lbs. Kilos
4,000 22 11 48,400 22,000 24,200 11,000
36 18 79,200 36,000 39,600 18,000
40 20 88,000 40,000 44,000 20,000

For additional information on caustic soda solution tank cars, review Pamphlet 087 "Recommended Practices for Handling Sodium Hydroxide Solution and Potassium Hydroxide Solution (caustic) Tank Cars." For caustic soda solution tank trucks, review Pamphlet 088 "Sodium Hydroxide Solution and Potassium Hydroxide Solution (caustic): Tank Motor Vehicle Loading/Unloading." These pamphlets and additional resource materials can be purchased through the Chlorine Institute web site or send your request via fax to (703) 741-6068.