Shipping Hazardous Materials Guide

Shipping Hazardous Materials Guide

Transporting items would require caution and knowledge of what is safe and not. We would like to give you a summary of how items are classified and a guide on how and when you can ship items that may fall into these categories.

Dangerous Goods Classifications

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the international regulatory agencies recognize nine classes of dangerous goods. It’s critical to know what classification your good falls under, so you can properly identify it. Here are the nine classes:

    Class 1: Explosives

    This class includes items like:
    • Fireworks
    • Ammunition
    • Airbag inflators

    Class 2: Gases

    This class includes items like:
    • Aerosols
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Propane cylinders

    Class 3: Flammable Liquids

    This class includes items like:
    • Paints
    • Lacquers
    • Alcohols

    Class 4: Flammable Solids, Spontaneous Combustibles

    This class includes items like:
    • Matches
    • Carbon
    • Sodium batteries

    Class 5: Oxidizers

    This class includes items like:
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Ammonium nitrate fertilizers
    • Pool chlorine

    Class 6: Toxic or Infectious Substances

    This class includes items like:
    • Medical waste
    • Dyes
    • Pesticides

    Class 7: Radioactive Materials

    This class includes items like:
    • Density gauges
    • Medical treatment products
    • Uranium

    Class 8: Corrosives

    This class includes items like:
    • Acid/acid solutions
    • Batteries
    • Iodine

    Class 9: Miscellaneous

    This class includes items like:
    Dry ice
    Internal combustion engines
    First aid kits

    Learn how to safely and successfully transport hazardous materials through your preferred Courier guidelines.

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