Shipping Environmentally Hazardous or Dangerous Goods

Tips for Shipping hazardous materials.

Occasionally in the course of your business you may find the need to ship items that may be deemed environmentally dangerous. Special care must be taken in order to ensure that these items not only arrive intact, but that during the course of their transport they do not cause any harm to the transport vehicle, its operator or the other cargo being shipped along with them.

What are Dangerous Goods?

The UN has nine hazard classes that it uses to categorize goods:

  • Class 1 – Explosives
  • Class 2 – Compressed Gasses
  • Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 – Flammable Solids, Substances Liable to Spontaneous Combustion; Substances Which, in Contact with Water, Emit Flammable Gasses
  • Class 5 – Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides
  • Class 6 – Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
  • Class 8 – Corrosives
  • Class 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods (including GMOs, cryogenics, dry ice, materials sensitive to light or heat, magnetics or batteries)

If you are shipping anything that falls into one of these categories there are special considerations that must be taken.

Shipping Dangerous Goods Internationally

When shipping these good internationally, a great deal of investigation must be undertaken to find out what rules and regulations apply to these goods. Transporting them within a particular country’s borders may require specific documentation accompanying the materials, transport permits or even transport restrictions. These things can increase the amount of time it takes for your goods to arrive.

Inform Your Shipping Company of Your Needs

Once you have sorted out what class of goods you are attempting to ship and are aware what regulations you will need to follow, it is time to contact your shipping provider. Most major shipping companies can handle shipping dangerous goods, but in many cases the ability to do so will require special training and specific handling instructions. Provide any documentation and training that they might require prior to your shipping. Don’t forget to include this step of the process while calculating your shipping time.

Package Your Dangerous Goods Properly

The next step is to properly package your items. Many crating companies are experts at constructing the proper shipping containers to fit your needs. Providing them with accurate information about what you are shipping is the best way to ensure that your dangerous goods are safely packaged and labeled before your shipping provider picks them up.

When you find the need to ship dangerous goods, remember to rely on professional shipping companies and crating providers, like Cratex. We are experts at creating shipping containers to fit any need, and will be happy to help you find the best solution for shipping your dangerous goods.