What precautions are needed to ship dangerous goods? And what goods are you allowed to ship? Most companies face this issue from time to time. Therefore, we provide you with the most important rules and safety requirements in this article.
Certified carrier of dangerous goods
Is anyone allowed to transport dangerous goods? The clear answer is no! In order to ship risky goods, everyone in the process has to complete a recognised training programme. As a leader in transport and logistics, DHL Express complies to these regulations:
- IATA: Regulates air transport and applies within all countries under ICAO regulations and to any airline under the IATA regulations.
- ADR: Regulates road transport and applies within all countries that have adopted the ADR convention. Moreover, DHL Express complies with an additional regulation within Europe: The EC directives for transporting dangerous goods, for example the directives specifies rules about loading vehicles. Please note that we only take care of goods that are in the ADR LQ category (exempted goods from ADR regulations).
These rules apply to the carrier of dangerous goods. However, shippers are responsible to confirm if their shipments will reach their destination via air or road and prepare the shipment accordingly.
Mind the Correct packaging
Not properly packed goods increase the risk for health and (public) safety issues. This includes: Hidden goods, incorrect or no declarations, and wrong labels. It is crucial for shippers to follow the regulations that come with shipping dangerous goods.
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