Dangerous Goods (Hazmat)
More often than not your list of requirements may include products that are considered hazardous for transport. Dangerous goods are subject to legislation based on the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods-Model Regulations.
Where air transport is concerned the UN Model Regulations (currently in the 17th edition) are fully endorsed and incorporated into the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) â€“ Technical Instructions, this being the regulatory body for the international transport of dangerous goods with the exception of radioactive materials.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) publishes annually a manual for the application of the dangerous goods regulations known as the IATA DGR. This manual, currently in its 54th edition, is recognised by ICAO as the field document for shipping dangerous goods by air.
Other regulations covering the movement of dangerous goods include;
IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) governs transport by sea
ADR (International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) in Europe.
49CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) governs all modes of transport in the US.
Carramoreâ€™s logistics staff are fully trained and certificated in the shipping of dangerous goods. An in-house qualified dangerous goods instructor helps keep this knowledge up-to-date.
All shipments of such materials are prepared, packed, labelled and documented in accordance with current legislation covering all transport modes.
This expertise ensures that your shipments will not suffer the delays or extra costs that may occur in such shipments through badly prepared packages and/or documentation. Our knowledge in this area helps us advise on such questions as:
- the package size limitations for air and sea shipments.
- substances which are prohibited by air.
- Airline and/or State variations to the rules which may apply to your destination.
Particular attention will be paid to these points during the quotation process and it may be that we will offer alternative products should there be a rules conflict.
Dangerous goods are defined as articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.
Such articles or substances will meet the criteria of one or more of nine UN hazard classes and where applicable, to one of three UN Packing Groups. The nine classes relate to the type of hazard, whereas the packing groups relate to the applicable degree of danger.
Depending on the package quantity and/or packing group it may be that certain products must be shipped under the Cargo Aircraft Only provision. As this can affect the delivery time Carramore will offer, if possible, an alternative that can be shipped on a passenger aircraft - where a more frequent service will be available.
A considerable amount of thought and consideration is required in preparing hazardous goods for shipment.
- the MSDS has to be checked
- the appropriate packaging must be selected
- if different hazards are to be packed together compatibility must be checked
- all required markings and labels must be applied
- a DGN must be prepared
Depending on the quantities involved the hazards may be packed as Excepted Quantity, Limited Quantity, Passenger aircraft quantity or Cargo Aircraft Only. The first two categories do not require UN approved packaging whereas the latter do. Furthermore an Excepted Quantity does not require a DGN. We will always choose the appropriate method.
Carramore's record in shipping hazardous products without let or hindrance is second to none.