FIBC Bulk Bag 101: Types of Lift Loops Explained

FIBC Bulk Bag 101: Types of Lift Loops Explained

Updated 4-29-2022

FIBC Bulk bags have proven to be effective for storing and transporting various products and materials and have also gained a reputation for being a versatile bulk packaging option. One customizable feature of flexible intermediate bulk containers that makes them a versatile bulk packaging solution is the top loop construction. With multiple loop construction options, bags can be customized to fit your specific application and operation.

Let’s examine the pros and cons of four of the most common types of lift loops used and hopefully determine which type of lift loops are right for your unique application. For regular updates, subscribe to our blog by filling out the “Subscribe to our blog updates” form to the right.


Loop over Loop Lift Loops (Corner Seam Lift Loops) - National Bulk BagLoop over Loop (Corner Seam Loops)

Loop over loop lift loops, also known as corner seam loops, are the most commonly used type of lift loop construction. For this type of construction, each corner has a lift loop sewn into the seam of the bag. A forklift can lift this bag, but all four loops must be used, making loading and transporting bags somewhat tedious.

Pros: Loop over loop/corner seam loops are the most common type of loop and are a cost-effective option.

Cons: This type of loop construction may be harder to use with forklifts.


Cross Corner Lift Loops - National Bulk BagCross Corner Loops

Much like loop over loop lift loops, cross-corner loop bags are constructed with loops in each corner of the bag, but instead of the loops being sewn into the seam in the corner of the bag, they are constructed with the lifting loops sewn into eight points in opposite corners of the bag. One caveat of using bags with cross corner loops is they require that the bag is made from circular fabric.

One of the biggest benefits of using cross corner loop bags is the loop design and how they position themselves when the bag is full. These specific loops are designed to ensure that the lifting loops stand upright, making it easier for forklift operators to grab and lift, thus reducing bag handling times.

Pros: Cross corner loops stand upright making it easy for forklift operators to grab and lift

Cons: Usually more expensive than loop over loop construction


Stevedore Straps (AKA Stevedore Lift Loops, Single, Double, & Supporting Loops)

Stevedore straps/lift loops are special supporting loops designed for the safe handling of bulk bags. While bags with four loops must be lifted at all four points for safe handling, bags with Stevedore loops allow lifting equipment to lift from only one or two. There are three different types of Stevedore Straps:

  1. One Stevedore Loop: is a loop pulled through the four standard corner loops to connect all of them.
  2. Double Stevedore Loops: these are two loops that connect each parallel loop at the corners.
  3. Supporting Stevedore Loops: are supporting loops that are attached to each corner loop.

Pros: Ability to lift the bag by one or two loops. Multiple ways to lift the bag.

Cons: Specialty and can be more expensive


One Stevedore Loop

One Stevedore Strap Lift Loop - National Bulk Bag

Double Stevedore Loops

Double Stevedore Strap Lift Loops - National Bulk Bag

Supporting Stevedore Loops

Supporting Stevedore Strap Lift Loops - National Bulk Bag


Sleeve Lift Loops (Lift Tunnel Loops) - National Bulk BagSleeve Loops/Lift Tunnel Loops

Sleeve/Lift tunnel loops are a special type of loop made from bulk bag body fabric. Sleeve/Tunnel loops are a very practical style of lift loop for operations exclusively using forklifts to pick up and move FIBCs. If you use forklifts exclusively to move bulk bags, bags with sleeve/tunnel lift loops are great options. Sleeve/Lift tunnel loops can be designed to be at the bottom or the top of the bag depending on your specific application. Sleeve/Lift loops on the bottom of the bag can be beneficial when height clearance is an issue.

Pros: Easiest option for forklift operators.

Cons: Specialty lift loops are only usable by forklifts.


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December 13, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

About the Author: Janette Lais

Janette is the Director of sourcing for National Bulk bag. Janette is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Janette has been in the packaging industry since 2004 and has held many roles such as Operations and purchasing manager, Purchasing management project manager. Before entering the packaging industry, Janette spends 19 years at a manufacturing facility where she held production scheduling, product manager, and purchasing manager position. Janette is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking and fishing in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and her three dogs.

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