Hazardous goods packaging for air transport
How to properly pack dangerous goods to ensure they are delivered safely?
Dangerous goods are actively being shipped by air freight companies. But, as you might guess, the requirements for their transportation are much stricter than for ordinary shipments — at every stage of the process.
Classification of dangerous goods
Firstly, it should be noted that there is a special classification of dangerous substances and items in the legislation. Its application helps in the identification of this or that cargo and, accordingly, the selection of the right packaging means and mode of transport.
All shipments that DGM handles undergo a detailed checking system to ensure that all shipments meet the required regulations. To ensure that this DGM provides appropriate documents and packaging for clients.
Dangerous Goods Documentation Preparation
DGM Luxembourg offers preparation of dangerous goods documentation, including Dangerous Goods Shippers Declarations. In addition, DGM offers packing, marking and labeling of dangerous goods shipments to meet DG regulations.
There are no specific criteria that must be met when packing dangerous goods for air shipment as compared to other methods of transport. Consignments must be carefully packaged individually. The packaging method must consider the efficient use of space within the aircraft compartment taking into account the characteristics of the goods and generally the packaging must protect the consignment from three groups of external influences: Mechanical (climatic); biological (e.g., weather); and physical (e.g., air pollution) criteria.
In total, there are three packing groups (1, 2, 3) for the transport of dangerous goods of high, medium and low risk respectively.
The means of transporting dangerous goods are individual and combined packaging.
Separate ones are individual containers for a single unit of cargo and gaskets are placed inside them to prevent cargo breakage and leakage during delivery.
Combination packagings are packaging units in which individual packagings are grouped together in several packagings. Also, for additional safety and space optimisation on board aircraft, dangerous goods can be placed in additional outer packaging.
What do you need to know in order to transport dangerous goods safely and correctly?
The conditions and regulations for the transport of dangerous goods depend primarily on their name and what class they belong to. For example, each dangerous substance or group of substances is assigned a specific UN number (UN-ID).
In the table, "List of Dangerous Goods" provides all the information relating to the transport of a substance/product: labeling and packaging methods, the positioning of danger labels on vehicles and containers, the choice of vehicle, transport and handling provisions, the degree and type of hazards presented and the substance class.
To ensure the safe transport of dangerous goods by air, shippers, freight forwarders and air operators must comply with the following regulations and requirements.
Dangerous goods are classified according to the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.
As required by IATA/ICAO, IMDG, and ADR rules, our dangerous goods crew has undergone the most rigorous training possible to guarantee that you receive a high-quality professional service for all of your dangerous products packaging and logistical needs.
We help our customers to find the best solution in compliance with the law, and to choose among all types of packaging.
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