Dangerous Goods Operations

Stay in control and build your reputation with fast, error free, compliant & safe preparation and shipping of dangerous goods.

Transportation of dangerous goods, whether by air, sea, road or rail is not like traditional shipping of general cargo. One cannot just put dangerous goods in a carton, put a label on it and ship it without taking the dangerous goods safety and compliance requirements into account.

Dangerous goods regulations and compliance, the safety of people, aircraft, vessels, cars, trucks, trains, equipment and storage facilities, the cargo and the environment – all must be considered.

Preparing and shipping dangerous goods for transport requires a full understanding of the relevant regulations and can be a time-consuming exercise. Cargo that is packed and sent with incorrect packaging, packing, documentation, marks and labels will cause rejections, delays and additional costs. To avoid this, you need to have the right team working with you, a team with a full understanding of the maze of complex requirements involved with transporting of dangerous goods.

Your own DG expert on demand

The dangerous goods consultants at DGM Australia have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to ‘all things’ dangerous goods. Our dangerous goods experts are available to give you a fast response to your enquiries for you to keep your cargo moving. Timely communication and great service are important to us. We aim to make your experience as stress-free and easy as possible.

When you partner with DGM Australia we continue to advise and assist you with all your dangerous goods requirements, long after your shipments have safely reached its’ destination. At DGM Australia, ongoing compliance and safety go hand-in-hand with fast response time, competitive rates and full access to expert Dangerous Goods knowledge.

No matter the size of your shipment, the mode of transport or the dangerous goods class, we have the knowledge, skills and experience to assist you. DGM Australia is not a freight forwarder, leaving you with your preferred option to move the cargo. Where required and requested we will actively participate and communicate with your other providers to ensure a smooth process regarding your dangerous goods shipping.

However, if you require a full service, we can take the process off your hands entirely, keeping you updated throughout the process with open and clear communication. We can pack and document safely through the worldwide DGM Group of companies, and if required organise transport through our selected network of capable freight forwarders. We aim to give you a fast response, competitive rates and the service you need and deserve while you stay focused on the other things that are important to your business.

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Dangerus goods classification for logistics

For all Classes of Dangerous Goods

For all classes of dangerous goods, including lithium batteries, explosives, radioactive material and infectious substances, DGM Australia provides the following DG services:

  • Inspect, pack and re-pack into UN tested & approved packaging
  • Marking & labelling
  • DG documentation for the concerning mode of transport
  • Inspection of cargo on-site
  • Decanting into sizes accommodating the transport of dangerous goods via airfreight on passenger and/or cargo aircraft
  • DG documentation for the concerning mode of transport
  • Measuring magnetised material compass deflection for airfreight
  • Authorised transport via road of radioactive material (class 7)
  • Authorised transport via road of explosives (class 1)
  • Assuming all legal responsibilities for the dangerous goods shipments DGM Australia handles

FAQ's

Identification and classification of dangerous goods: How do I know if my cargo is considered dangerous goods for transport?

The first step to managing Dangerous Goods safely and in a compliant manner is to find out the classification of the goods you wish to ship.The easiest way to find that information is by consulting the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).The SDS should, amongst other information, provide you with the classification according to UN criteria, the UN proper shipping name, the transport hazard class(es), the packing group (where applicable).Generally, the supplier or manufacturer of the DG product should be able to provide you with an SDS. DGM Australia can assist you in locating and understanding the SDS.

What does a 4GV/X rating on a UN approved packaging mean?

The requirements for (use of) UN tested and approved packagings, as well as the format and marking of UN packaging is not always easy to understand. DG approved packaging requirements and compliance come into play with all modes of transport. For example, the year and month of manufacture plays a role in the useability of a UN approved plastic jerrycan or drum. Where indicated by the regulations, your dangerous goods must be packaged in UN approved packaging. When dangerous goods are not in compliant packaging this may mean re-packaging the item into compliant packaging. DGM Australia can provide you with a review and provide advice on your packaging, as well as provide UN approved packing services.

Packaging specification tests and criteria – what is approved dangerous goods packaging?

The requirements for (use of) UN tested and approved packagings, as well as the format and marking of UN packaging is not always easy to understand. DG approved packaging requirements and compliance come into play with all modes of transport. For example, the year and month of manufacture plays a role in the useability of a UN approved plastic jerrycan or drum. Where indicated by the regulations, your dangerous goods must be packaged in UN approved packaging. When dangerous goods are not in compliant packaging this may mean re-packaging the item into compliant packaging. DGM Australia can provide you with a review and provide advice on your packaging, as well as provide UN approved packing services.

Packing and repacking of shipments – What options do I have for the packing of dangerous goods?

Incidents or accidents during dangerous goods transport can be caused by inappropriate packaging, packing, labelling and marking. Knowledge sharing and compliant packing services are part of our core values and encompass our goal of working towards more understanding regarding transport of dangerous goods. When it comes to packing and repacking, there are several types of services we can offer you:

  1. Packing, marking & labelling, documenting by DGM Australia

Handling, Packing, marking & Labelling, documenting is completed by DGM Australia, with DGM Australia also taking over the liability for those shipments.

  1. Packing, marking & labelling, documenting by the Shipper

If you like to stay completely in control, DGM Australia can provide you with all the necessary requirements to assist you with your dangerous goods transport requirements. This ranges from, but may not be limited to, training, consultancy, as well as supply of UN approved packaging, packing tape, dangerous goods labels and marks, absorbent material.

DGM Australia can even provide you with access to DG Office, our globally offered and used dangerous goods software package to create your dangerous goods documentation for all modes of transport, create Safety Data sheets, and etcetera.

Logistics, a fit for Purpose Solution – Can you organise forwarding of our dangerous goods?

Dangerous Goods Documentation, amongst other shipping documentation, needs to accompany shipments containing dangerous goods. The documentation informs the transport company and carrier about the presence of dangerous goods and what type of dangerous goods is present. In case of incidents, various parties including emergency services, have access to important information about the cargo.

DGM Australia’s specialists complete and sign the DG Declaration for transport according to the regulations on your behalf for the various modes of transport:

  • IATA-DGR DG Declaration Air
  • IMDG DG Declaration Sea
  • ADGC DG Declaration Road & Rail

When you have successfully passed the training and testing requirements for the specific mode(s) of transport you are certified to complete the dangerous goods documentation yourself. By completing and signing the dangerous goods documentation you declare that the dangerous goods requirements have been fulfilled for the concerning mode of transport. This includes ensuring that the packing, packaging, marking & labelling is as per regulatory requirement. Never sign a dangerous goods declaration for cargo for which you are not 100% confident that the cargo complies with the requirements; once you have signed the dangerous goods declaration you are liable for any non-compliance irregularities.

If in doubt, call upon the experts of DGM Australia to assist you. When you engage DGM Australia to handle your Dangerous Goods, we assume all responsibilities and liabilities related to the safe transportation of those goods. DGM Australia carries a Global Comprehensive Liability Insurance Policy in case of an accident or incident related to the packing and documenting of the dangerous goods. All your DGs are in safe and compliant hands with us.

Inspection / Acceptance Checks – Can DGM Australia assist us with ensuring compliance requirements are met?

DGM Australia is not a freight forwarding company. We are Dangerous Goods specialists and partner with a long list of freight forwarding organisations. We know what we are good at, and our unique position and knowledge in the field of dangerous goods management & transport enables us to be able to offer you a worldwide ‘Fit for Purpose’ Solution by using valued and experienced partners.

By considering the commodity, transport options and restrictions, budget and time constraints, we can use our global network of partners to create a workable and financially viable solution for all your Dangerous Goods shipments. Each of our valued partners have their own specialities and DGM Australia selects the right partner(s) for your project to ensure a managed process with open and clear communication, providing you with the assurance that your project is continuously monitored and compliant with your cargo arriving safely at its destination.

 

Dangerous Goods Documentation – can I take care of the dangerous goods documentation myself?

Accepting responsibility, compliance and liability goes hand in hand with transporting Dangerous Goods. In order to reduce your liability, DGM Australia can check, accept, and approve dangerous goods on your behalf before they are moved further in the transport chain. For example:

  • On-site inspection
  • Cargo acceptance at airports
  • Segregation checks at seaports
  • Final load inspections