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How to Avoid the Woes Associated with Shipping Hazardous Materials

Posted by Sean Chartier on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Who knew we had so many hazards in our lives?

Hazardous shipments come in a lot of different forms, from the obvious, like chemical compounds and paints to the maybe not-so-obvious like perfumes we spray in our faces and the alcoholic spirits we drink.

If you're shipping an automobile or motorcycle, you MAY avoid calling it hazardous, but only if you follow the strict guidelines, such as draining enough gasoline before packing it up. Do you remember our blog article about specialty shipping services where we touched on the race car we helped ship? They had to separate everything to avoid dealing with one large hazardous sea freight shipment.

Yeah, but what about my Tesla? There's no gasoline in there, so does it qualify? Actually, electric vehicles are most DEFINITELY treated as hazardous cargo because of the self-contained lithium ion batteries.  So, although it may not seem intuitive at first, when you're shipping something overseas, you'll want to ensure you're following the proper guidelines, so you can avoid any unnecessary complications.

Even shipments having only a very small quantity of hazardous contents need to follow the proper regulations.

So, what does this mean for you? Many shipping lines have their own, self-imposed regulations outside of other governing agencies, and if your'e not careful, your shipment could be rejected by the port itself. So, rather than deal with the woes as they happen, here are some things to consider and take care of prior to pulling the trigger.


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