dangerous goods

Dangerous goods shipment

We are empowered to issue dangerous goods shipping documents for third parties, to repair or create special packaging for dangerous goods for sea freight, air freight and air freight.

We can take care of your dangerous shipments from A to Z, from packaging to delivery, providing all the documents that a dangerous shipment needs.

Dangerous goods shipment service

Which goods are considered as dangerous?

Dangerous goods are those goods that, because of their inherent features, might damage the environment or people’s health.

Dangerous goods are divided into 5 classes (and various subclasses)

The type of packaging, labelling and transportation of your goods depend on their class.

  • Classe 1 – Explosive materials
  • Classe 2 – Gases (flammable, non flammable, toxic and non toxic)
  • Classe 3 – Flammable liquids
  • Classe 4 – Flammable solids
  • Classe 5 – Oxidising substances and organic peroxides
  • Classe 6 – Toxic and infectious substances
  • Classe 7 – Radioactive materials
  • Classe 8 – Corrosive materials
  • Classe 9 – Miscellaneous dangerous items

Not everyone knows, for instance, that lithium batteries are actually dangerous goods because they might cause short circuiting if subject to shock, high temperature or high pressure.

There are various types of lithium batteries:

Do not forget that all products and devices containing lithium batteries are classified as dangerous goods as well.

Responsibilities in the transport of dangerous goods and work steps

It is your responsibility (as shipper) to make sure that your dangerous goods are properly declared, packaged, labelled and provided wih all documentation required in the countries of origin, of transit and of destination.

Our specialists will assist you throughout the whole process, from packaging to transport, taking care of all regulatory requirements concerning:

  • classification of dangerous goods, materials and substances
  • packaging requirements (special features of packaging for different types of goods)
  • procedures for testing and type approval of packaging for the transport of dangerous goods
  • requirements regarding transport vehicles and shipping documents for dangerous goods

Keep in mind that the whole process involves several parties:

  • shipper
  • forwarder
  • consignee
  • loader
  • packer
  • unloader

Transportation of dangerous goods by air

The International Air Transportation Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulation (IATA DGR) is the reference point to prepare, handle and accept dangerous goods for air transportation.

This classification defines all procedures for air transportation of DGR cargo (from packaging to labelling).

To issue the airway bill, forwarders must be certified IATA DGR, which means they are entitled to handle and ship dangerous goods by air.

If you need to ship dangerous goods by air, just contact our specialists.

Transportation of dangerous goods by road

The Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (also known as ADR, which stands for Accord européen relatif au transport international des merchandises Dangereuses par Route) is aimed at ensuring safe transportation of dangerous goods.

This agreement contains all regulations regarding the transportation of dangerous goods by road, from packaging to load securing and labelling.

Over the years, the safe transportation of dangerous goods has become a more and more important issue, in fact today drivers and trucks need to be certified to handle such shipments and the same applies to all operators involved in the process in order to reduce the risk of accidents during loading, transportation and unloading.

We will arrange the shipment of your dangerous goods by road (truck), contact our specialists and we will assist you in the whole process.

Transportation of dangerous goods by sea

The transportation of dangerous goods by sea (IMO) in containers represents a substancial part of the overall sea shipments.

The transportation of dangerous goods and of marine pollutants on ocean vessels is regulated respectively by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) is the international giudeline to the transportation of dangerous goods or marine pollutants by sea.

We will take care of your sea shipments of dangerous goods, contact our specialists to learn more about the service.

Packaging of dangerous goods

When working with dangerous goods it is very important to take care of every single link in the chain of transportation and distribution.

Such shipments are very delicate because one single mistake is likely to cause serious damages to other goods, to the environment and to the producing/receiving company.

This is why all steps in the process must be studied in detail.

The risk of having the shipment rejected or of running into high penalties is just around the corner.

The complete service offered by Adriatic Air Cargo includes storage and warehousing of dangerous goods in compliance with all existing regulations:

The decree of the Ministry of Infrastructures and of the Transports dated 21 December 2017 provided the instructions to identify the features of a proper packaging for the international transportation of dangerous goods.

The decree applies to all modes of international transport and its 6 articles define the standards of packaging which apply to each mode.

We provide certified packaging service for all kinds of dangerous goods in our warehouse in Bologna, contact us.