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Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods

Everything you need to know about using our services to
ship your dangerous goods safely across the globe

 

 

 

Everything you need to know about using our services to
ship your dangerous goods safely across the globe

 

 

 

What is considered a dangerous good?

Dangerous goods are items or substances which could pose a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. They need to be packed properly, handled carefully and shipped with the required expertise to ensure they arrive safely at their destination.

If you’re not sure whether your shipment is classified as dangerous goods, ask the manufacturer or supplier for a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). If it shows or mentions a UN number in chapter 14, it is a dangerous good.

Which dangerous goods do we ship?

There are nine classes of dangerous goods and it’s important to know which products fall into them. Some goods, such as explosives and poisons, are clearly dangerous. But others may surprise you. Aerosols, perfumes and most products that contains lithium batteries – such as mobile phones or laptops – all count too.

The classifications for dangerous goods can be found below.

Accessible dangerous goods

Class 3: Flammable liquids icon

Class 3: Flammable liquids

(Like solvents or paints)

Class 4.1: Flammable solids icon

Class 4.1: Flammable solids

(Like matches)

Class 4.2: Substances liable to spontaneous combustion icon

Class 4.2: Substances liable to spontaneous combustion

(Like phosphorus)

Class 5.1: Oxidizers icon

Class 5.1: Oxidizers

(Like fertiliser)

Class 5.2: Organic Peroxides icon

Class 5.2: Organic Peroxides

(Like fibreglass repair kits)

Class 8: Corrosives icon

Class 8: Corrosives

(Like bleach or drain cleaner)

Inaccessible dangerous goods

Class 6.1: Toxic substances icon

Class 6.1: Toxic substances

(Like pesticides)

Class 6.2: Infectious substances icon

Class 6.2: Infectious substances

(Like blood tests or medical trials)

Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous goods substances and articles-1 icon
Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous goods substances and articles-2 icon

Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous goods substances and articles

(Like airbags, magnets, telephones or laptops)


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