Shipping Hazmat Materials with Maximum Freight
What materials are considered hazardous?
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There are nine hazard classes are as follows:
- Class 1: Explosives.
- Class 2: Gases.
- Class 3: Flammable and Combustible Liquids.
- Class 4: Flammable Solids.
- Class 5: Oxidizing Substances, Organic Peroxides.
- Class 6: Toxic Substances and Infectious Substances.
- Class 7: Radioactive Materials.
- Class 8: Corrosives.
- Class 9: Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials.
If you are uncertain if your shipment falls under one of these classes you can contact us for assessment. The list of materials considered hazardous is very extensive and it is best left for your trusted logistics partner to properly classify the goods you are shipping. Depending on the classification of your hazmat shipment can affect the requirements, preparation, mode of transport, costs, and other factors on your shipment. Certain carriers cannot handle certain classes of hazardous goods. Certain warehouses or receiving facilities may also not be equipped for certain hazardous materials. This is why it is important to properly assess the content of the shipment so it can be planned for accordingly.
Cost of shipping hazardous materials:
In most cases there is simply a hazardous surcharge. This can range between $100-400 depending on the mode of transport, destination, and other factors. Keep in mind this is a general estimate. It is possible that beyond a surcharge the freight could potentially be more expensive as it may be required to use a specialized carrier. Since not all carriers take hazardous materials the availability of carriers may be smaller which can also drive up costs. Bottom line, hazardous materials / hazmat shipments are generally more expensive than their non-haz counterparts.
Is there anything too dangerous to ship?
This depends largely on the carrier, the warehouse, and other parties involved in the shipment. Every carrier has different regulations, rules, and restrictions. The destination of the cargo can also affect whether or not your hazmat shipment will be accepted. Some countries have stricter conditions on hazmat cargo. Usually this is dealt with with additional documentation and procedural requirements. But it is important to check in advance to avoid rejection of cargo at the port/warehouse. Check with the Maximum Freight team if you are shipping hazmat goods to plan properly!
Shipping hazmat goods can be done just as efficiently as non-haz cargo if done properly. Contact a Maximum Freight representative for all your hazmat shipment questions and needs. We are here to help and look forward to hearing from you!
Reasons to consider Maximum Freight Logistics as your hazardous cargo freight logistics partner:
- Highly experienced team provides best-in-class customer service, creating value for our clients by managing costs and mitigating risk.
- From our dangerous goods certified materials handlers and certified cargo screeners, to our licensed customs brokers, we utilize the expertise of our team in all phases of cargo handling and regulatory compliance.
- Knowledge and resources to successfully navigate safe passage for your air freight shipments.
- Maximum Freight Logistics Believes In A Hands-On Approach To Shipping.
- Our Service Consists Of Excellent Communication And Keeping The Customer Informed And Updated At All Times.
- We Also Believe In Educating The Client.
- We Will Advise All Air Service Options In Relation To Your Requirements.
- Air Shipments Are Fast Paced And Different From Other Modes Of Transportation.
- We Are Always A Phone Call Away If Any Questions Arise
- Single point of contact for spot or contract pricing
- Full pricing transparency – no contracts to sign and no hidden fees
- Live logistics support when you need it – 24/7/ 365
- Export filings
- Complete visibility into your shipments via our web-based Track and Trace and emailed pre-alert notifications
- Customs entries
- Regulatory compliance