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Shipping Hazardous Materials Internationally
03 Sep, 2019

BYEXPRESS Worldwide serves businesses and organizations who would often need to ship by air or sea across international borders. While shipping in itself requires top-level planning and expertise for the best express, this gets even more challenging when you’re shipping hazardous materials internationally. Understanding the rules and regulations involved will prove very useful. Falling short of these can mean financial and legal penalties or even worse, subjecting crew members to injury risk. 


The Hazardous Material Transportation Act

The Hazardous Material Transportation Act, also known as the HMTA spells out the Hazardous Material Regulations, HMR expected to guide the procedures involved in shipping hazardous materials internationally.

Here at BYEXPRESS Worldwide, we understand the need to comply with the necessary regulations and have partnered some of the most experienced ocean and air carriers to make global shipping smooth and less complicated for your supply chain.


Shipping Hazardous Materials by Air

It will interest you that even some goods that may appear otherwise harmless may be classified as hazardous. Some of these include nail polishes, cooking oils, perfumes, and similar flammable items. Other items such as dry ice, chemicals, explosives, and others that appear clearly dangerous are also classified as hazardous items.

At BYEXPRESS Worldwide, we recommend that carries and shippers comply with the regulations and standards of the International Air Transport Association. These include;

  • Proper labeling of hazardous items based on the nine different categories 
  • Proper packing based on the appropriate packing group as stipulated by the UN for the air transportation of hazardous goods.
  • Proper documentation with detailed personal and regulatory information to ensure the shipment complies with safety and legal standards


Shipping Hazardous Materials by Ocean

Caution should also be taken when shipping hazardous goods by sea. Like with air transportation, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code dictates the standards and regulations that ocean carriers are expected to abide with a view to keeping both the human crew and the environment totally safe when transporting hazardous goods via sea. 

Here at BYEXPRESS Worldwide, we maintain a strategic partnership with some of the best ocean carriers in the world who are able to comply with globally acceptable shipping standards that include;


  • Proper labeling and classification according to the International Maritime Organization’s classifications so handlers can easily identify dangerous cargos.
  • Proper packing of both the outer and inner parts of hazardous goods while making sure that the packaging materials do not get weakened react dangerously with other items.
  • Proper package segregation from other cargos on the vessel in case of dangerous goods that may react dangerously with others.



Here at BYEXPRESS Worldwide, we’ve partnered with some of the most reliable and credible global ocean and air carriers to bring real value to global logistics and transportation needs. Just log on to our website at and provide the basic details of your shipment to get free rates from multiple carriers at competitive rates. 

You can also contact us at for additional information. We’ll be more than glad to help!