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Tank container organisations complete merger

Tank container organisations complete merger
The merger of the International Tank Container Organization and the Asian Tank Container Organisation gives the tank container industry a single global voice.
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Reg Lee, ITCO President, congratulating Andrew Bishop of Fort Vale on the company’s 50th Anniversary
Reg Lee, ITCO President, congratulating Andrew Bishop of Fort Vale on the company’s 50th Anniversary

The merger of ITCO (the International Tank Container Organisation) and @TCO (the Asian Tank Container Organisation), came into effect on 1 January 2018.


“Operating under the brand of the International Tank Container Organisation (incorporating both ITCO and @TCO), the newly merged organisation will continue to develop the programme of work that ITCO is undertaking, while also integrating and maintaining the projects that @TCO has developed over the past six years. Most of the Members of @TCO have accepted an invitation to join ITCO, thereby strengthening the Organisation’s profile in Asia”, ITCO noted in a statement.


To improve the standard of tank container cleaning in the Asian market, @TCO had developed a Tank Container Depot Audit Scheme, “aimed at setting a quality benchmark for tank cleaning and repair - equivalent to the standards observed in Europe and North America. More than 25 depots have passed @TCO’s strict inspection procedures and are entitled to display the @TCO audit placard at their premises and are also invited to join ITCO as new TSP [Tank Service Provider] members”, ITCO stated.


ITCO will not lose focus on the Asian market, and noted that its “Tank Container Village” at Transport Logistic China 2016 in Shanghai in May will provide a strong focus on tank containers in the region. A European meeting will be held in September and an Asian regional meeting in Singapore in November.


Commenting on the merger, ITCO President Reg Lee stated: “As the elected President of both organisations, I am delighted to be able to confirm that we have completed the merger of ITCO and @TCO into one combined organisation which will now represent the tank container industry globally. Our ITCO members can offer the safest, most cost-effective, mode of transporting bulk Liquid chemicals when operated as part of a door-to-door global logistics liquid supply chain.”


Reg Lee, ITCO President, (left), at the ITCO Members Meeting in Amsterdam – congratulating Andrew Bishop of Fort Vale on the company’s 50th Anniversary.

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