If your business needs to ship hazardous goods, such as flammable aerosols or radioactive substances, you are required to label the cargo as dangerous and follow certain regulations under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code. This helps ensure that no harm comes to the environment, the transport vessel, or the people on the vessel, and that all supply chain organizations know how to appropriately handle the cargo.

Meeting all the strict requirements for the transport of dangerous goods by sea can be challenging, but working with Global Freight Services will help you stay in compliance. With over 10 years in the freight forwarding industry, we have the experience necessary to safely handle your dangerous goods. We can facilitate your transportation from the hazardous cargo’s point of origin all the way to its final destination. All Hazardous/dangerous goods are subject to review of documents/cargo and can be restricted by destination.

All goods that qualify as dangerous must meet the mandatory IMDG requirements, no matter their point of origin. Dangerous goods include explosives, toxic or infectious substances, flammable solids or liquids, radioactive substances, corrosives, poisonous gases, and certain pesticides and herbicides. Basic requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods by sea include:

  • Correct Classification & Labeling: Hazardous goods fall into different classifications under the IMDG code (for examples, Explosives are Class 1 and Gases are Class 2) and need to be appropriately labeled before they are shipped. This helps all handlers on the supply chain quickly identify the cargo and move it safely. You can find all classifications on the International Maritime Organization website.
  • Appropriate Packaging: Acceptable packaging will depend on the classification and type of cargo. For all hazardous cargo, shippers must select inner and outer packaging that will not weaken or react dangerously when it comes into contact with the dangerous substance.
  • Segregation from Other Cargo: If the hazardous cargo could react dangerously with another substance on the vessel, the shipper needs to make sure it is kept away from that potentially harmful substance.

Why Should Global Freight Handle Your Dangerous Goods at Sea?

If you have not properly prepared your hazardous cargo and the appropriate documents for shipping dangerous goods by sea, you risk having your shipment delayed or denied entry at port. When your business depends on the safe delivery of this cargo, you can’t afford that kind of risk.

Let Global Freight Services handle the move for you. With our extensive experience in the ocean freight forwarding industry, we can help you complete the necessary documentation, pack your cargo, and make sure your dangerous goods meet all the regulations of the IMDG Code.

We are members of the WCA Family and Lognet Independent Global Agents, and we hold contracts with all major shipping lines and contractors, which means that we can negotiate competitive prices and ship dangerous goods to ports around the world. And while we have a large network, we also believe in delivering the personalized service of a small business—we will communicate with you throughout the transportation process so that you know your cargo is being handled safely and delivered on time.

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Contact Global Freight Services by filling out our online form or calling one of our locations to learn more about how we can complete your shipping of dangerous goods by sea and our other sea freight forwarding services.

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