International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

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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Tags: International Shipping, Shipping Made Easy, Air and Overseas Cargo Transport, freight forwarder, Hazardous Cargo

Your international shipping source

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 03:27 PM



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Shipping Vehicles Internationally. Household Goods to Australia

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Forwarders to the rescue, how can importers get their duty rate?

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2 dollar question in international shipping

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

I addressed on my last blog, a shipper wanting to ocean freight inside Burundi, East Africa & I pretty much summed up the shipping scenario up to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

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International Freight Forwarding Explained

Posted by Christina Winsey on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

International Freight Forwarding Might Seem Complex...

Until you work with the right organization.

Depending on precisely what product(s) your company is shipping overseas, the right international freight forwarding company can and should assist you in all decisions required for legal and safety parameters your company must follow.

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