Dangerous goods

Transporting of goods is a complex process that ensures the co-ordination of many compulsory requirements. These regulations are not only designed to comply with country laws, but to ensure the safety and protection of all parties.

Although countries may have varying rules and regulations surrounding the successful completion of freight transfer, when it comes to dangerous goods there is a worldwide standard.

The title of Dangerous Goods has been set out by the UN and includes the following:

  • Explosives
  • Gases
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable solids
  • Radioactive material
  • Toxic and infectious substances
  • Oxidising substances
  • Miscellaneous dangerous goods and corrosives

Shipping of these goods can be legally carried out only by firms that have received special certification. This enforcement ensures the safe handling as well as ensuring that they correctly packed, marked, labeled and documented.

It is not always easy to know can be shipped and what needs special consideration. Everyday items such as matches, lighters, oxygen tanks, chemical cleaners, pepper sprays, wet cell batteries, poison and dry ice fall under the Dangerous Goods category. These items are subject to special rules to ensure the protection and safety of the transportation and those carrying the goods.

It is important to note that there is an extensive list of dangerous or hazardous goods, so it is always advisable to check and query the products' status.

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