Are there any special steps required to transport dangerous goods?
Dangerous goods can include anything from hazardous materials to explosives. Special care must be taken when shipping dangerous freight to insure the safety not only of the shipment, but that of the carrier, warehouse and dockworkers and the general public as well.
Shipping Dangerous or Hazardous Freight steps defined
The first step in this process is to make sure the goods are adequately packed and that all packaging is labeled with the proper placards to insure that contents are known as hazardous.
The second step in this process is to properly note on your bill of lading that the shipment contains hazardous or explosive materials. A freight broker or carrier representative should be able to assist in this process. The bill of lading should also note what placards need to be placed on the truck as well.
There are two regulatory bodies that you may want to consult prior to shipping any dangerous goods or hazmat items.
The IATA for air transported goods: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Pages/index.aspx
The ADR for road transport: http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat
The more information that you can provide to your freight broker or carrier on the bill of lading when arranging your hazardous freight transport the better.
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