Dangerous Goods

Shipping dangerous goods is a serious business.  Dangerous goods, also referred to as “Restricted Articles", are described as articles or substances that are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property when transported by air (IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation, 42nd Edition, Section 1, 1.0 pg. 1).  All dangerous goods must be declared and packed according to regulations.  Most dangerous goods can be safely transported by air if they are in approved quantities and properly packaged and handled.

Many seemingly “harmless” items used every day around the workplace or house may be regulated as dangerous goods/hazardous material when transported by air.  Thus, many federal laws require proper labeling, packing, documentation and training to ship materials that fall under the broad definition of “dangerous goods”.  Our acceptance of dangerous goods is in compliance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all established domestic and international rules and regulations.

Should there be an accident as a result of undeclared or wrongly declared dangerous goods, then only the shipper is liable for the damage arising.  Goods/Hazardous Materials could subject the shipper to potential penalties that could be imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  It is a violation of law to tender cargo containing dangerous goods that have not been properly declared, identified, packaged, marked, labeled, or documented to any airline.  Failure to properly identify and tender a dangerous goods shipment can result in United States Department of Transportation maximum penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of $250,000 or more.

At International Logistics Express, Inc., our staff is regularly trained to recognize potential dangerous goods in our cargo in order to insure the whole supply chain is made safer.  We can also provide the customer with exact information about the dangerous goods regulations.

For more information about the transport of dangerous goods, please follow this link: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat