You've got a product that's highly reactive, flammable or corrosive. You have to ship it somewhere and you don't want the consequences of improper shipping to derail your business. So what do you do?

The good news is that there are many companies around the world that specialise in handling dangerous goods freight. 

If this sounds like something you might need assistance with, then read on! In this post, we'll explore some practical steps you can take when dealing with dangerous goods freight transport so as not to endanger yourself or others while doing so.

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Properly document your hazardous goods

You should always document your shipments. In fact, it's a requirement by law to keep records of your shipments. Proper documentation will help you track the goods, as well as provide proof that the goods are being shipped in accordance with the rules and regulations of each country they travel through.

It's also important to keep copies of all documents related to dangerous goods shipments—this includes copies of shipping manifests and bills of lading (if applicable). It's also recommended that you keep copies of driver training certificates when applicable.

You should keep these documents on file for a minimum of five years after the shipment has been completed; however, some countries require longer retention periods than others so be sure to check their requirements before discarding any paperwork related to hazardous material freight hauls.

Provide proper training to employees

As a shipper, you should ensure that all employees understand the dangers of mishandling dangerous goods and are trained on what to do if they suspect a leak or spill. You should also provide training to your employees on how to read shipping documents.

However, even if you have done everything right when it comes to providing proper training for your employees, if any of them are not properly trained in working with or handling dangerous goods (or have not received proper refresher courses), then there is still some risk involved with transporting these materials.

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Stay updated on government regulations

  • Stay updated on government regulations.
  • Keep an eye out for changes and new rules that affect your business.
  • If you're uncertain about the appropriate handling procedures for a specific type of dangerous goods, ask your freight carrier consult

Make sure you have a good carrier for your shipping needs

While you do not have to be a freight expert, it is best to work with a carrier that has experience in your industry. If you are shipping electronics and have never shipped this type of product before, find a carrier that specialises in electronics.

When selecting dangerous goods freight, check to see if they have experience in the type of goods you are shipping. If your company ships heavy machinery, make sure the freight forwarder has experience with shipping heavy machinery across long distances and international borders.


So, there you have it—a list of three things that you should think about when shipping hazardous goods. 

These tips can help make sure your shipment is safe and secure, which will save time and money in the long run. If you need more information about any of the topics covered here, comment us below.