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Do you need air freight for your hazardous cargo?

Shipping hazardous materials via air freight involves a distinct set of rules designed to keep these shipments safe in transit. The regulations are also aim to protect the aircraft and its crew as they move dangerous cargo to its destination.

Incorrectly packaged or improperly stowed hazardous materials can create catastrophic conditions in an airplane within a very short period of time, e.g. fire in an aircraft is extremely dangerous and calls for quick action to bring the risk under control. Undeclared flammable liquids or improperly packaged and labelled lithium batteries and chemical oxygen generators have been known to cause fires on aircraft.

In compliance with regulations

The United Nations (UN) has established a universal system for the classification of dangerous goods. Dangerous goods are defined as those goods which meet the criteria of nine hazard classes. These must be indicated with specific UN numbers on the declaration form, packaging, packing methods, marking and labelling to facilitate their safe shipment.

Packaging means what types of material or component are going to pack the Dangerous Goods and/or Hazardous Materials.

UN specification packaging, packaging for refrigerated liquefied gases and test criteria for Limited Quantity Packaging’s, etc., have been taken into account progress in science and technology, and there is no objection to the use of packaging, provided that they are equally effective, acceptable to the appropriate authorities and able to successfully withstand the tests.

The methods used for packing shall be complied with Authorities’ requirement. When preparing each package of Dangerous Goods and/or Hazardous Materials, following may provide you and your team some ideas:

  • Types of packaging being used
  • Packing instructions in Regulations
  • Quantity limitation in each package
  • Assembled and secured of the contents in the manner intended

All necessary marking and labelling of each package of Dangerous Goods and/or Hazardous Materials shall be fully completed. Specification of marks and labels may refer to Regulations.

The United Nations (UN) Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods develops recommended procedures on the safe transport of Dangerous Goods. International Associations and Local Authorities base on these to publish the regulations, to provide guidelines and/or guidance for different modes of transport:

  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): Annex 18 and the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air are applicable for the transport of dangerous goods by air from, to or through the member states of ICAO. It has used these recommendations as the basis for developing the regulations for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air by any aircraft.
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA): a trade association of the world’s airlines that represents around 82% of world air traffic. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) contains all of the requirements of the Technical Instructions (TI), it has included additional requirements, which are more restrictive than the TI and reflect industry standard practices or operational considerations. This is applicable to: all airlines which are members or associate members of IATA; all airlines which are party to the IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement – Cargo; and all shippers and agents that offer consignments of dangerous goods to these operators.

Get expert insights on what you need to know when shipping dangerous goods and hazardous materials.

Temperature-controlled transport

For dangerous goods and hazardous materials that require temperature-controlled environments, DSV provides correct handling with end-to-end cold chain cargo services.
You can expect temperature control at every stage of the shipment:

  • Across multiple modes of transport, including air, sea, road and rail
  • Cold storage facilities
  • Full visibility to track your shipments using our IT systems

Proactive temperature monitoring, control and documentation

Find out more about cold chain logistics and transport modes for shipping chemicals and pharmaceuticals in temperature-controlled environments over air, sea, road and rail.

DSV’s experts are trained to handle all types of hazardous air cargo. Speak to us about any specialised solutions for your industry.