Recently, there has been an increase in maritime incidents involving undeclared and misdeclared hazardous or dangerous goods in cargo.
These incidents can range from simple customs fines to major contingencies such as vessel fires, wreck removal, crew injuries, among many others.
Among those surveyed, 69% of the import containers contain dangerous goods, while 38% export containers also contain dangerous goods.
Either done purposely or not, non-declaration or misdeclaration of dangerous goods in cargo can pose huge risks to everyone in the supply chain.
If you plan on importing or exporting dangerous goods, read more to know what you should do before shipping dangerous goods.
These are articles or substances that can be risky to human lives, safety, health or to the environment.
Examples of dangerous goods include, but are not limited to, lithium batteries, explosive, flammable, poison, corrosive, radioactive materials, etc.
Misdeclared Dangerous Goods are any dangerous goods that are not declared correctly based on the classification criteria of IMDG code.
This happens when the shipper includes incorrect or misleading information on the goods declaration form.
Misdeclaration can lead to loading of dangerous goods into containers and handling without special precautions.
Here we will elaborate on what are the specific steps to take when you’re planning to import or export hazardous goods to and from Australia.
Now that you know the requirements for shipping hazardous goods, here are a few reminders before shipping and upon arrival of your hazardous goods shipment.
Because of the numerous incidents involving non-declaration and misdeclaration of hazardous goods, there have been penalties imposed on the shippers who are not complying with the requirements.
Shipping dangerous goods can be quite tricky due to the long list of requirements and paperwork that needs to be done.
However, it also pays to be informed and to comply with the requirements not only for the sake of compliance but also for the safety of everyone involved in the supply chain.