When it’s more than Dangerous Goods

One thing a shipper quickly learns is that there is more to sending a dangerous goods package than simply the package preparation and paperwork

The logistics of getting the package where you want it is another factor altogether! For an air shipment, you have to consider if there is a cargo plane that goes to that destination; if there is not, and you have to use a passenger airline, the quantities you can ship will be greatly reduced. 

Another factor to consider is whether door-to-door delivery is an option. Often, to your customer’s dismay, the only option is door-to-port. 

When shipping by ocean, you have to plan well in advance to get a booking. The ocean liners have to ensure, in advance, that they can follow the numerous segregation rules found in the IMDG regulations. From a dangerous goods perspective, the shipping paper needs to include the elements outlined in Chapter 5.4 of the IMDG regulations. Keep in mind there is no set format, only set information. Once the dangerous goods are listed, it would look something like this:

You are done, right? Wrong. The ocean liners want additional information for their planning purposes. Look at all of the required additional information; not only gross or net mass but also BOTH, and you also need to include the dimensions for the skid(s).

When planning your next dangerous goods shipment, think about all of the other things that have to be considered. Planning will save you time and frustration!

Need help? Our repacking divisions and our network of repackers can assist with your shipment if you are not comfortable doing it on your own. Contact ICC to see how we can help.

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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.