Shipping dangerous goods: General regulations of shipping

There are certain standard regulations of shipping pertaining to all goods. These standards are universal as adopted and mandated by international agencies. Almost all countries in the world are members of such agencies but there are national laws as well. Usually, what’s considered to be hazardous in England would also be hazardous in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world. But the taxes levied and the method of transporting dangerous goods as recommended by a specific country may vary.

Now, goods are classified as hazardous and nonhazardous. Dangerous goods are just hazardous goods but the category is quite diverse. The ambit is huge and that is why it is necessary to check every item and the regulations for that item. Here are the general regulations of shipping dangerous goods that most countries need you to abide by.

  • The first regulation is finding out if the item is prohibited, restricted or banned. Banned goods are not the same as dangerous goods. The latter simply require additional checks whereas the former cannot be shipped at all, not legally.
  • Once you know that a particular item can be shipped but is dangerous or hazardous, you have to check the destination country’s rules pertaining to the same. The rules will tell you how much quantity of the item you can send at once, what kind of taxes or excise duties you will be paying, what kind of shipping standards you have to follow and what kind of risks you have to bear. Dangerous goods often need special packaging, special vehicles and there has to be additional insurance. So a company like Courier Point attending to parcel delivery England to Netherlands will have to adhere to all these regulations, from insurance to special packaging. Dangerous goods pose a threat to items being shipped along with it so isolated shipments are often recommended. The checks at customs are also very different for hazardous goods.
  • Courier companies have to be registered and should declare the kind of goods they will and can ship. A courier company cannot suddenly start shipping perishable items without necessary permits. These permits are necessary in the country of origin or where the courier is based and in the country where it operates. A courier company cannot use another party, whether it is for freight or delivery, that doesn’t have the permit to deal with dangerous goods.