Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Cargo
Due to the extensive documentation and packaging requirements for hazmat shipments, SGL has established partnerships with organizations that specialize in hazmat goods handling to ensure the proper management of your hazardous cargo. As packing, labeling and shipping requirements vary from commodity to commodity, we understand that our clients often need assistance in following all the federal and international guidelines required to transport these assets. Team SGL will help simplify the complexities of Dangerous Goods shipping by:
- Identification & Classifying of hazardous materials – Team SGL will properly identify and classify all hazardous materials related to the shipment. Determine which of the nine hazard classes characterizes the material and assign each material to a packing group. Typically, these classes and groups can be found inside the MSDS. Hazard classes define the type of risk a hazardous material may pose. Some materials meet the definition of more than one hazard class with primary risks and subsidiary risks. Some hazard classes contain divisions in order to further group materials with similar risks. Packing groups indicate the degree of risk a hazardous material may pose in transport in relation to other materials in that hazard class:
- Packing Group I – High danger
- Packing Group II – Moderate danger
- Packing Group III – Low danger
Packing groups are always represented by Roman Numerals and determine the type of packaging required for the materials as well as quantity limits allowed on aircraft.
Hazard classes characterize the hazards associated with the actual materials and define the type of risk the hazardous materials:
- Class 1 – Explosives
- Class 2 – Gases
- Class 3 – Flammable Liquids (and combustible liquids)
- Class 4 – Flammable Solids; Spontaneously Combustible Materials; Dangerous When Wet Materials
- Class 5 – Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
- Class 6 – Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
- Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
- Class 8 – Corrosives
- Class 9 – Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods (Examples are Dry Ice and Lithium Batteries)
- Documentation according to regulations – Team SGL will have all Dangerous Goods Declarations cut and all associated paperwork completed accurately to ensure compliance with Federal and International regulations. Air Waybills, Bills of Lading and any associated export documentation must list the description of goods as “Dangerous Goods” and list any UN and packing group information in order to be properly transported either CONUS or OCONUS
- Packaging for safety and compliance – The degree of protective packaging required for Dangerous Goods during transportation is determined by the packing group in which the materials have been classified. Packing instructions listed within the IATA / DOT regulations detail the types of inner and outer packaging permitted on ground and aircraft as well as instructions on how to package specific materials. Only containers that meet United Nations performance standards can be used in hazardous materials shipping. Team SGL has the ability to provide any standard or custom requirements to ensure the safe transport of most hazardous materials.
- Transportation requirements by Air, Ocean, Highway – Packing instructions and quantity limits of hazardous materials allowed on aircraft can be found in the List of Dangerous Goods (Section 4) of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Requirements for the safe transport of Hazardous Materials by ground, rail, private vehicle, etc can be found through the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Team SGL works with all carriers to ensure compliance and that all applicable local, federal, and international laws are being followed.
- Regulations – compliance with governments and agencies worldwide – Proper classification of materials, packaging, labeling and documentation ensures our clients assets are transported safely and within compliance of all federal and international regulations.