Dangerous Goods 101: Trust the Pros for Shipping Hazardous Materials

The movement of hazardous materials presents risk—and not just to people and property. Your business’ bottom line, and reputation, could take a serious hit if you’re not in compliance. In fact, in 2020, non-compliance penalties reached upwards of $80,000.

That’s why it’s important for shippers to find transportation logistics partners who not only understand the ins-and-outs of dangerous goods transport but also know how to make the process seamless.

Read on to learn more about shipping hazardous materials and how AIT helps our customers move the goods they need to meet their business goals—safely and securely.

What types of freight qualify as dangerous goods or hazardous materials?

In short: any substance or material that, under transport, presents a risk to health, safety or property.

The broad hazmat categories as defined by the U.S. government are explosives, gases, flammable liquids and oxidizing, radioactive, toxic or corrosive substances. A few specific examples include automotive batteries, lawn treatments, lighters and even some perfumes, when shipped in bulk quantities.

An experienced freight forwarder, like AIT, can help you determine your cargo’s proper classification and packaging requirements, including the necessary hazard communications (e.g., marks, labels and shipping documentation).

For more information and resources on dangerous goods classification and requirements, visit transportation.gov, FAA.gov or IATA.org.

What modes of shipping are best suited for dangerous goods?

Hazmat shipping is possible via all modes of freight, but is especially common for air and ground transport.

Does AIT handle dangerous goods and/or hazmat shipping?

Yes, we do. When shipping hazardous materials, AIT’s global network of teammates are trained to work with all categories, Class 1 through Class 9.

How does AIT ensure safety when coordinating hazmat shipping?

Every AIT location is equipped with a designated staging area for hazardous materials. We also provide strict training and regular monitoring through our internal audit and subcontractor compliance programs, ensuring our agents, teammates, and contracted carriers are all in compliance with local and national hazmat shipping requirements.

Additionally, AIT notifies our subcontracted carriers of any and all compliance obligations or requirements.

Is AIT registered to handle dangerous goods with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)?

Yes. In addition to our registration with the DOT, we also comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization and other regulatory bodies when shipping hazardous materials. Learn more about AIT’s cargo security certifications.

How do I ship dangerous goods with AIT?

With just a few clicks you can request a hazmat shipping quote online. Simply fill out our form with as many details as possible regarding your shipment and an AIT representative will contact you shortly.

Partner with experienced, global hazmat shippers

The complexities of shipping hazardous materials don’t have to be overwhelming. Trust our more than four decades of know-how, and worldwide network of expert professionals, to make your experience shipping dangerous goods simple, painless and cost-effective.

To get started now, or learn more about our hazmat shipping capabilities, contact an AIT representative.

AIT has a robust global logistics network, with more than 60 offices worldwide.

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