Everything You Should Know About Shipping Hazardous Materials

Everything You Should Know About Shipping Hazardous Materials

DATE: 11/16/09

If you’re shipping hazardous materials, you probably have a few questions about the process. Do all shipping companies handle hazardous materials? Do I need to complete special documentation for my shipment? What class of hazardous materials am I shipping? This article will attempt to answer these questions and more.

Do all shipping companies handle hazardous materials? No. Many shipping companies are not certified to handle hazardous materials. Other shipping companies provide limited options for shipping hazardous materials. Your best bet is to deal with a shipping company that specializes in transporting hazardous materials of all types. These shipping companies employ certified hazmat agents who can guide you step-by-step through the entire process from completing the required documentation to ensuring your shipment is packaged properly to be in compliance with all regulations. Hazardous material shipping companies often provide different transportation options for delivering your goods. These typically include shipping by air, ocean, or truck (within the United States). The ideal mode of transportation will depend on your destination, the size of your shipment, and your budget, among other factors.

Do I need to complete special documentation for my shipment? Yes. All hazardous materials shipments are heavily regulated, and there are special shipping documents that must be completed before your shipment can be transported. The exact documentation you need to complete varies, depending upon the classification of your hazardous materials and the shipment’s destination. For shippers, this can all be a little confusing. That’s why it’s important to work with a freight shipping company that employs certified hazmat agents and friendly customer service representatives. These shipping experts can accurately identify which documentation must be completed, and they can even assist you in completing it properly. You should also know that the packaging of hazardous materials shipments is regulated by local and international laws. All classifications of hazardous materials have certain packaging standards that must be met. Additionally, all packages must be properly labeled in accordance with shipping regulations. Again, a shipping company with expert hazmat agents will be able to assist you in properly packaging your shipment to be in compliance with all regulations.

What class of hazardous material am I shipping? Hazardous materials are divided up into several different classifications?

Here are the main categories officially designated to be hazardous.

• Dangerous when wet

• Explosives

• Infectious substance

• Flammable gas

• Non-flammable gas

• Organic peroxide

• Poison gas

• Flammable liquid

• Flammable solid

• Radioactive

• Corrosive

• Spontaneously combustible

• Oxidizer

• Poison inhalation hazard

• Poison

If you’re unsure of the classification of your hazardous material shipment, get assistance from a certified hazmat agent. This will ensure you package your shipment properly and that everyone involved in shipping hazardous materials is kept out of harm’s way. With assistance from the right freight shipping company, shipping hazardous materials is a simple, straightforward process. Just always be sure you choose an experienced company that goes the extra mile to provide great service to their customers. For more information on shipping hazardous material, contact Amerijet International or visit our website: www.amerijet.com

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