Dangerous Goods Are Everywhere

Some tips to consider before handling and shipping dangerous goods.

Dangerous goods are everywhere. Perfume, oil paint art kits, and laptop computers are all considered dangerous goods during transport. Under some circumstances these everyday items can harm people, property, and the environment.

By identifying your dangerous goods and properly packaging every shipment you are not only protecting your shipment, but yourself. Here are some things you should consider before handling and shipping dangerous goods:

    • Identify your shipment: refer to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the correct identification, classification (including UN or ID number), Proper Shipping Name, hazard class and, if applicable, subsidiary risk and Packing Group.


    • Package your shipments correctly: always remember that some dangerous goods have specific packaging, labeling, and marking requirements. Plan ahead and pack your shipments correctly with a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods form.


    • Avoid penalties for incorrect packaging or labels: shippers who do not prepare packages according to IATA and ICAO regulations can experience a delay to the shipment, risk being fined by regulatory authorities and may even face criminal prosecution and imprisonment[1]. The government requires people trained and certified to handle and prepare dangerous shipments. Work with transportation providers such as FedEx Express who are familiar with the shipping requirements and provide a full suite of services from packing, documentation and declaration.


    • Ask for help: The FedEx Express team is ready to answer any of your questions on the proper preparation of dangerous goods for shipment. Contact your local FedEx Express Customer Service and ask to speak with a dangerous goods specialist.


[1] Please refer to the Regulatory of the final destination or contact the local FedEx Customer Service Center.