What are Dangerous Goods? How to Ship Them Internationally?

Hazardous Materials for Transportation or Dangerous Goods are products and substances that can pose danger to people, property and the environment while being transported.

These dangerous items can include products that obviously pose a safety risk, such as a grill with a large flammable gasoline tank, but many common household items are also labeled as “dangerous” when being shipped.

Seemingly harmless everyday consumer products can be regulated under transport rules due to ingredients that make up the product. For example:

  • Did you know that nail polish, perfume, hand sanitizer, paint and shoe polish can all be flammable?
  • Or that make-your-own soda products come with pressurized non-flammable gas?

Dangerous goods aren’t limited to just needles, chemicals, and guns. In the shipping world, dangerous goods can be anything that could cause harm to those handling them in transit if not handled with care. Most dangerous goods are defined internationally by IATA, the international organization regulating air travel, although some couriers have slightly different rules. It may come as a surprise that goods such as liquids and lithium-ion batteries belong on this list.

While these products are perfectly fine for use in our daily lives, when it comes to moving them around the world, we need to be certain they are shipped safely.

What are Dangerous Goods? Can I Ship Them Internationally?

What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program. It also contains information on the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures all related to the hazards of the material. The MSDS contains much more information about the material than the label. MSDSs are prepared by the supplier or manufacturer of the material. It is intended to tell what the hazards of the product are, how to use the product safely, what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, what to do if accidents occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur.

Do I need an MSDS?

The latest Turkish SDS Regulation – Regulation on Preparation and Distribution of Safety Data Sheets regarding Dangerous Substances and Preparations is published in Official Gazette with number 29204 on 15 Dec 2014 and fully comes into force on 1 June 2016.

It aligns the Turkish SDS format with EU SDS regulation 453/2010/EC and sets detailed requirements on the content and order of sections in Turkish SDSs.

Key Requirements of Turkish SDS Regulation

  • Standard 16-section SDSs;
  • Must be prepared in English and provided free of charge;
  • Must be prepared by certified SDS experts in Turkey;
  • A copy of SDSs shall be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

Can I Ship Dangerous Goods Internationally?

Yes, many items labeled as hazardous materials can still be shipped abroad, however, these items require specific packaging and labeling to make sure all the hard-working people that make worldwide transportation possible are aware of the potential hazard.

We know the international laws regarding dangerous goods and how to identify, classify, pack, label and handle these dangerous goods.

Takeandship Safely Ships Dangerous Materials from the Turkey to Many Countries

Takeandship is passionate about our members satisfaction, and we want to provide the best service we possibly can. That’s why we are serious about properly identifying, handling and preparing your goods for transportation.

Many freight forwarders and global shipping companies do not offer this type of dangerous goods handling service, but Takeandship is different.

We are the experts when it comes to customs laws and shipping hazardous materials. We have a staff of professionals that are trained, certified and dedicated to making sure your products are delivered safely to your door, and that the people delivering your products stay safe as well.

If you’re not sure whether you can ship an item that’s been deemed hazardous, just feel free to contact us.

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