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Hazardous goods are those which can cause illness, poisoning, explosions, burns, pollution or fire during their transportation or storage, along with potential damage to other freight, buildings and equipment.

As well as the more obvious things like explosives, and flammable and toxic chemicals, products that can be classified as hazardous include:

  • Batteries
  • Compressed/liquified gases and aerosol cans
  • Consumer electronics
  • Dry ice
  • First aid kits
  • Food flavourings
  • Medicines and ethical drugs
  • Paint
  • Perfumes
  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Solvents and household cleaners

Spatial Global's teams are trained and experienced in all aspects of international dangerous goods regulations, plus safety standards in air, sea, road and rail/intermodal transport. These include (click mode name to learn more):

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), local Civil Aviation Authority regulations and the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR).

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, and, in the UK, the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutant) Regulations 1997 and the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Area Regulations 1987.
The European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
Appendix C of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) and the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF).

Freight classified as potentially dangerous must be packed and transported according to international regulations, and packaging must meet UN specifications. Hazardous cargo also needs to be accompanied by a transport document declaring the nature of the goods. For hazardous air cargo, a dedicated air transport document, such as IATA's Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods (SDDG), is required. Hazardous cargo must in addition be labelled/marked with appropriate symbols, warnings and safety advice.

We ensure your hazardous freight is accompanied by relevant certificates to ensure regulatory compliance

We advise on packaging requirements for hazardous cargo and recommends modes, routes and carriers. We ensure your freight is accompanied by relevant certificates and other documentation to ensure regulatory compliance – so that deliveries can be made without delays or additional costs. We also advise on packaging and labelling requirements for each relevant country. Shippers remain responsible for declaring, packing and labelling/marking their dangerous goods.

Spatial Global handles both full truck load (FTL) and less than truck load (LTL) consignments of hazardous cargo, as well as limited quantity (LQ) goods.

Limited quantity dangerous goods

Limited or low quantity (LQ) dangerous goods, such as samples and clinical trials products, are packed in small containers weighing less than 30kg (20kg for shrink-wrapped trays). As they are deemed to pose a lower risk, LQ goods are generally not subject to the same stringent regulations as other dangerous goods. Spatial Global will advise on requirements and arrange the most appropriate form of transport in each case.

See also our Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor.

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