dangerous goods shipping services is certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ship dangerous goods by air. Without complying with rules and regulations for properly packing, labeling and shipping dangerous goods can result in a loss of time and money. IATA sets a global standard for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air, and it is the only standard currently recognized by airlines around the world.
Dangerous goods are also called hazardous materials or HAZMAT for short and include dry ice, explosives, flammable materials or substances, lithium batteries and chemicals. Not all dangerous goods are obvious. Some examples of common items that qualify as dangerous goods that most people fail to recognize are certain comestible oils, nail polish and perfume. These items are flammable and require proper packaging for shipment. We commonly think of dangerous goods being shipped by chemical companies, gas companies and pharmaceutical companies or research labs, but the truth is any type of company may have the need for shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods at some point, including cosmetics, retailers and food companies.
Labeling Dangerous Goods: IATA has 9 classes of hazardous materials that need to be labeled accordingly. These hazardous goods are further broken down into smaller categories, and must also be labeled as such. These goods may also require special handling labels so that proper safety precautions are taken when your goods are loaded and unloaded. The main 9 categories are:
HAZMAT Packing: Air freight containing dangerous goods must be properly packed according to international regulations. Some common packing materials for dangerous goods include steel pails, plastic jugs and fiberboard boxes. The UN sets the standard for these packing groups:
The least amount of protective packaging is required.
Proper HAZMAT Documentation: Additional shipping documentation is required for dangerous goods or hazardous materials. Some of these items include:
As IATA certified freight forwarders, our team is able to advise and verify that all shipping documentation for hazardous goods by air is compliant with international regulations. We can also help our clients recognize dangerous goods that they may not have previously known were classified as such. By preventing these materials from being incorrectly shipped out, we can prevent costly and even dangerous mistakes. We also help our clients verify that all packaging, marking and labeling for the carriage of dangerous goods by air complies with IATA regulations for the items being shipped.
Contact Airborne International Courier Services today to learn more about the shipping dangerous goods by air or to get an estimate from one of knowledgeable team members. We provide an exceptional level of customer service.