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Dangerous goods can simply be defined as any material that contains hazardous properties. When discussing cargo shipping, any goods of a sensitive nature that could pose a health risk to handlers and humans can be classified as a dangerous good if not properly controlled. 

All you need to know about Shipping Dangerous Goods

No person may offer or accept dangerous goods for transport unless those goods are properly prepared.

At DGOperations we specialize in classifying, packaging, marking, labeling, describing and documenting your shipments correctly for transport.

Types of Dangerous goods we work with:

Class 1 - Explosive materials

Items under class 1 are substances, that may potentially cause an explosion, which in turn could lead to a fire outbreak. Items under Class 1 are not shipped through the air but via road, rail or sea. Class 1 items are further subdivided into 6 subgroups.

Class 2 - Gases

It covers compressed gases, liquefied gases, dissolved gases, refrigerated liquefied gases, mixtures of gases and aerosol dispensers/articles containing gas. There included flammable gases, non-flammable, non-toxic gases and toxic gases

Class 3 - Flammable Liquids

Are flammable liquids with flash points no more than 60 celcius degrees. It covers liquid substances, molten solid substances with a flash point above 60 celcius degrees and liquid desensitized explosives.

Class 4 - Flammable Solids

Substances liable to spontaneous combustion and substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases. There are three sub-divisions:

Class 5 - Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides

This class is basically for organic pesticides and oxidizers. Both groups cover all agents that react to oxygen when exposed.

Class 6 - Toxic Substances and Infectious Substances

Substances under class 6 are vaccines, arsenic, cyanide, and pathology specimens. If your cargo contains any or more of these, it will be categorized under this class.

Class 7 - Radioactive Material

This class is for materials that have radioactive properties greater than 70 kilograms. There is no sub-division. However, there are different labels for radioactive materials which depend on the content and activity of such materials.

Class 8 - Corrosive Substances

Corrosive substances may cause severe damage when in contact with living tissue such as skin or damage or destroy surrounding materials in case of leakage.

Class 9 – Miscellaneous items

The remaining items not listed under the previous eight classes are found on this class list. All items that may pose a risk to human health when transported via air is listed under class 9. There are so many items that fall into this category. The list is endless, but do bear in mind that if it is trafficked with an aircraft and it has the potential to cause damage to the craft, other cargo and even pose a risk to the crew, it falls into this category.

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