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Air Partner #1 at Transporting dangerous cargo

Air Partner - 26 Oct 2016

At Air Partner, standard, ‘everyday’ types of freight are the kind of things we can transport with ease. But some types of cargo are less routine – and come with bigger challenges. That’s where our experience with flying dangerous goods and hazardous cargo comes into play. From gases to flammable liquids, corrosives to miscellaneous dangerous goods, no one’s better prepared – or better equipped – to get your cargo precisely where it needs to be.

Defining ‘dangerous’

‘Dangerous goods’ are materials or items with hazardous properties which, if not properly controlled, present a potential hazard to human health and safety, infrastructure and / or their means of transport.

Playing by the rules

There are internationally agreed rules for transporting dangerous goods by air – these are covered by the International Air Transport Association International Dangerous Goods Regulations and MUST be followed and adhered to at all times. Failure to do so can result in an unlimited fine, two years in prison – or both (if cargo fails an inspection or causes a safety incident).

There’s also the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, ICAO’s Technical Instructions and the IMO’s International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. Collectively, these regulatory regimes mandate the means by which dangerous goods are to be handled, packaged, labelled and transported.

9 is the magic number

The complexity of dangerous goods classifications and regulations can make compliance a challenging task. Regulatory frameworks incorporate comprehensive classification systems of hazards, which are broken down into nine classes, according to the type of dangerous materials or items present:

1. Explosives
2. Gases
3. Flammable Liquids
4. Flammable Solids
5. Oxidizing substances
6. Toxic and Infectious Substances
7. Radioactive Material
8. Corrosives
9. Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Training, labels and instructions

Anyone using their own aircraft to transport dangerous goods must be specially trained – and some countries have their own derogations, known as State and Operator Variations. Then there’s the requirement (by law) for suppliers of dangerous goods to label their hazardous products and packaged chemicals with the appropriate hazard symbols, warnings and safety advice. And finally, manufacturers must also include instructions for use, either on the label or on a leaflet supplied with the product.

When it comes to dangerous cargo, you need a safe pair of hands

There’s a lot to remember and a lot to stay on top of. So it’s good to know that when you choose Air Partner, whatever you’re shipping is always in the safest hands. Time critical, outsize, bespoke… whatever kind of freight requirement it might be, Air Partner can be relied upon to get it there – on time and on budget.

Whatever the size, whatever the shape, and wherever cargo needs to be flown, we have the expertise, knowledge, global network and 24/7 support to make sure it gets there safely and securely.

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