SHIPPING DANGEROUS GOODS SAFELY
WORLDWIDE DANGEROUS GOODS TRANSPORT FOR COMPANIES
Special legal requirements must be observed when shipping dangerous goods in particular. In addition to expert know-how, careful handling and compliance with dangerous goods regulations are particularly important. In addition, as the shipper, you are responsible for the classification, labelling and packaging of your dangerous goods depending on the transport.
What are dangerous goods?
Dangerous goods are substances and objects which, due to their nature, may pose a risk to people and the environment during transport. This includes, for example, substances that are corrosive, toxic, explosive, flammable or radioactive. These are defined in the Dangerous Goods Ordinance and categorised into nine dangerous goods classes.
Please note that many everyday items are also considered dangerous goods, such as aerosols or lithium batteries. If you are not sure whether your shipment contains dangerous goods, ask the manufacturer or supplier for the safety data sheet.
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WHAT DO I HAVE TO CONSIDER WHEN SHIPPING DANGEROUS GOODS?
As a shipper, you are legally obliged to identify, classify, pack, mark, label and document your dangerous goods accordingly for the transport of dangerous goods. All your dangerous goods must be labelled with at least a name, UN number and the appropriate transport document in accordance with the transport regulations (such as ADR, IATA, IMO, etc.). If you have any questions, please contact the dangerous goods officer in your company or an external dangerous goods service provider. They will ensure that you comply with all regulations regarding the transport of your dangerous goods so that your sensitive goods reach the recipient safely.
WHAT DOES DANGEROUS GOODS LABELLING LOOK LIKE?
The type of dangerous goods in the consignment can be recognised immediately by the diamond-shaped labelling. As the sender, you are responsible for correctly labelling your dangerous goods with the diamond-shaped labels. You can either download them directly online or order large quantities online from a specialist retailer.
That’s all you need to do. You will automatically receive the labels required for the transport when you book your dangerous goods transport. If you have any questions, please contact our team.
WHY ARE BATTERIES AND CHEMICALS DANGEROUS GOODS?
You often don’t realise it, but many everyday items such as rechargeable batteries, batteries, paints and varnishes are also considered hazardous goods and are therefore subject to strict transport regulations.
SHIP LITHIUM BATTERIES & RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES
Due to their high energy density, lithium batteries and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries can be found in many consumer goods, such as pacemakers, watches, cameras, mobile phones and notebooks. In the course of e-mobility, the demand for shipping lithium batteries and rechargeable batteries for installation in electric vehicles and e-bikes has also increased enormously.
Although lithium is very suitable for the production of batteries and accumulators, it is not entirely safe to handle and transport. It reacts with many substances, such as water. If handled or transported improperly, lithium batteries tend to overheat and the strong heat development can cause fires. Lithium batteries and rechargeable batteries belong to dangerous goods class 9, the class of substances that could be hazardous during transport.
In 2020, a total of 4 billion tonnes of goods were transported in Germany, of which around 222 million tonnes were chemicals. Around 40% of the chemical products transported are hazardous goods.
Chemicals can be assigned to different dangerous goods classes, depending on whether they are explosive, flammable, toxic or corrosive substances. Dangerous goods in the chemical industry include acids, alkalis, flammable paints/lacquers and gases. The shipping of paints and varnishes is very frequently requested by our customers. However, products from other sectors also fall under the dangerous goods regulations, such as petrol, diesel or heating oil.
Chemical products are transported in Germany in several ways: 137 million tonnes by truck, 25 million tonnes by rail, 22 million tonnes by sea, and 16.5 million tonnes in pipelines. (Source: Federal Statistical Office, VCI)
As a rule, national and international dangerous goods are largely transported by road or rail, as sending dangerous goods by air freight is subject to many conditions.
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DO YOU WANT YOUR DANGEROUS GOODS TO ARRIVE SAFELY AT THEIR DESTINATION? WE CAN HELP YOU.
Do you want to ship dangerous goods safely and in accordance with regulations? Then LetMeShip is the right place for you. We’ll help you find the best provider for your dangerous goods transport, regardless of whether it’s national or international. With us, you always have full price-performance transparency and a personal shipping expert at your side.
Simply create a free customer account and submit an enquiry for your dangerous goods shipment in our shipping portal via the “Special shipping” tab. Depending on your requirements, we ship with reliable shipping service providers such as UPS, TNT, DHL and FedEx.