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5 Things You Should Know About Shipping Dangerous Goods

There are a number of different things that fall into the “dangerous” goods category. Some of the most common are flammable or explosive (liquids, fireworks, gun powder), hazardous (chemicals, fertilizer) and poisonous (again, chemicals, various liquids, and types of fertilizer.) As you can see, many of these things fall into more than one category. However, just because something is dangerous, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be shipped. You just have to be cautious, and follow the guidelines below:

1) Packaging Requirements

There are (or may be) packaging requirements. For certain items, especially those that are extremely flammable or poisonous, there are specific packaging requirements that have to be followed. Your goods must be packed in a specific way and have the right amount of safety seals and labels attached to the box.

2) Location

Some things cannot be shipped to certain locations. There are a number of restrictions on what can be sent to certain places, and these rules need to be followed. The shipping company that you choose must be aware of these restrictions or they (as well as you) can get into a lot of trouble.

3) Details

Your shipping company needs to know every detail of what is being shipped. In order for the rules and regulations to be followed, the shipping company has to be aware of what they’ll be handling. You need to be honest and upfront with them about everything that you are sending.

4) Labels

There are specific labels that must go on every package. Once your dangerous goods have been packed into boxes, they must be labeled. The labels will state exactly what is in the box, as well as the level of danger attributed to each of the contents. This includes the skull and crossbones label for things that are poisonous.

5) Knowledge on Regulations

The company that you choose needs to know the regulations involved. Do not choose an unknowledgeable company to ship your dangerous goods. Instead, pick one with a solid track record and a full understanding of the hazards involved. This way, your items will be shipped properly and legally, and with the right amount of care.