Should You Use Peanuts for Dangerous Materials?

When shipping dangerous materials by air or sea, it’s important to make sure the product is packaged properly. Improper packaging can cause leaking, which can pose a health concern. That’s why government agencies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have guidelines in place to protect not only the people who handle the product but the actual product as well. It’s imperative that the product arrives at its intended destination in the same condition that it was in when it left. Continue reading…


Intent for Labels and Placards on a Storage Container

When shipping hazardous materials, it’s important to meet the government regulations. For example, you are required to use appropriate labels and placards on the shipping container. You may also see these visuals on storage containers in a warehouse or factory. But why are they used and what do they mean? Continue reading…


How Many Gallons Are in a Tote?

In the past, companies used drums to store materials such as liquids and powders. However, in recent years, there has been a switch toward totes. Totes – formally called intermediate bulk containers – are mounted on pallets and can be moved by using a forklift or pallet jack. Continue reading…


Shipping Dangerous Goods? Read This Now!

Shipping dangerous goods - read this now

Putting a simple letter in the mailbox is a fairly easy task. Shipping a dangerous chemical? Not so much.

Shipping hazardous materials can be a challenge because there are so many regulations involved. While the number of rules that must be followed may seem like overkill, these laws are in place for a reason: to keep people safe from potential dangers.

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Can Shipping Materials Prevent Leaks?

When shipping hazardous items, you not only have to worry about meeting all the strict shipping requirements, but you also need to be concerned about leaks. A leak inside a ship or plane – or even inside the package itself – is a safety concern. Flammable items can cause explosions that can lead to serious injuries or even death. Because of this, making sure that the materials stay inside their shipping container throughout the duration of the shipment is of utmost importance. Continue reading…


Can IATA Books Help with Compliance?

When shipping materials via air transport, it’s important that all regulations are met. The two agencies that regulate the shipment of hazardous materials are the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Continue reading…


#1 Guide for Commercial Shipping of Lithium Batteries

 

Every day, there are millions of tons of materials being shipped from one part of the world to the other. There are some products out there that you definitely know require extra safety precautions, while there are other items in existence that you previously thought were harmless yet turn out to be harmful under the right conditions.

Shipping cargo to harborOne of such items is lithium batteries. You might not know this, but lithium batteries have always been a safety concern for those who have experience with the shipment and receiving of these batteries. They only recently got negative attention in the mainstream media last year due to the incident where Samsung Galaxy Note7 and hoverboards were recalled in large numbers due to the fact that they would spontaneously burst into flames. Continue reading…


Six Things Product Packaging Must Accomplish

Anyone who has ever tried to sell a product can attest to how difficult it can be to get their product in front of customers and convert them to make the purchase. It is one of those concepts that sounds incredibly simple on paper yet turns out to be incredibly difficult when it is applied to the real world. Indeed, there are many studies showing that the packaging alone can make a significant difference in sales even if the product itself is totally unchanged. Continue reading…


Simplified Guide to IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)

If you have dealt with dangerous goods (also commonly referred to as hazardous materials) in any shape or form, you have probably heard about the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) set forward by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). They are known for releasing an updated version of their IATA DGR manual that is considered to be the “global reference for shipping dangerous goods by air and the only standard recognized by airlines.” Continue reading…


Intents of Placards and Labels on a Storage Container

Whenever you receive a container, you can expect to find numerous labels. There’s usually the address of the sender and the recipient, along with some postal markup to indicate if the package was submitted normally or delivered through an express system by request.

If you happen to work with materials that are somewhat dangerous, you are going to see several additional markups that contain information about the product itself, the dangers it may cause to human health, and how it should be properly handled. Continue reading…