Shipping and Transport of Hazardous/Dangerous Cargo

Please note that the following is provided as a general reference only.

Consult with your Hazardous Material specialists to ensure your shipments are in compliance with all regulations.

Hazardous cargo is defined under IMO/IMDG and local regulations at point of origin and destination. It is extremely important that the exporter is fully aware of any regulations covering local transportation at origin and Ocean transportation.

Since regulations in foreign countries may vary it is not advisable to accept purchase offers involving delivery beyond discharge port.

There are 3 steps in the process of arranging for the transport of dangerous cargo, these are:

1. Identify the cargo being shipped

Your Freight Forwarder may provide you with a Pro forma Hazardous cargo application form which contains all the information required to confirm that the shipment(s) are acceptable from point of origin to final destination. This includes proper indentication of cargo, amount to be shipped, time frame of shipment, and quantity to be shipped. Since carriers must apply to all jurisdictions where the cargo transits, the process may take several days to complete.

In the current climate, it should be assumed that every shipment will be reviewed. Aproval of a shipment made in June will not automatically carry forward to another shipment made in July

Tip: Remember that carriers initial aproval covers a specific time frame and loading vsl. Failure to ship for the specific sailing may result in having to repeat the application process.

2. Ensure that all packages are properly labled and that proper placards have been affixed to the conveyance ie Container or Truck.

It is not adequate to merely placard the container . All indvidual packages or shipping units loaded inside the container must be properly labled.

3. Ensure that all packages are properly labled and that proper placards have been affixed to the conveyance ie Container or Truck.

This document will be required by the local cartage or railway agent at origjn, the Ocean carrier and the loading and discharging ports ( in most cases, the carrier will provide required information to the Loading/Discharging ports. Additionaly, your reciever may require a copy of the declaration in order to effect final delivery.

Envoirnment Canada and similar authorities at point of destination may have regulations in effect covering certain materials and acceptance by the carrier does not ensure that the transportation of the cargo will be permitted. It is advisable to make a thorough check with local authorities prior to shipment of any waste or recycled material that may pose envoirnmental Hazard.