Preparing Your Hazardous Shipment

These steps will help ensure the safe shipment of hazardous materials.

1. Safety Data Sheet (SDS) - Find the SDS of the product to determine if the product is hazardous or not. If you are unsure, consult relevant regulatory guidelines or contact a freight forwarder such as Mercury.

2. Package the Materials Properly - Select suitable packaging materials that meet the requirements for transporting hazardous materials. Use containers that are specifically designed and approved for hazardous substances. Ensure that the containers are secure and leak-proof. 

3. Label and Mark the Package Correctly - Clearly label the packages as "Hazardous Materials" or "Dangerous Goods." Follow the prescribed labeling requirements, including hazard symbols, proper shipping names, UN identification numbers, and any other necessary markings. The labels must be visible, durable, and prominently displayed on each package. Mark the package with the proper shipping name and identification number of the hazardous materials. Ensure markings are durable, in English, and not covered by other labels or tape. 

4. Fill Out all Required Shipping Documents Accurately and Completely.  

  • These documents may include but not limited to: 
    • A bill of lading 
    • A shipping manifest 
    • A Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods (DGD). Senders must certify that the shipment has been properly packed, labeled, and declared in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). 
    • Any necessary customs forms 
  • Provide detailed information about the hazardous materials, including: 
    • UN identification number 
    • Proper shipping name 
    • Hazard class 
    • Packing group 
    • Quantity 
    • Number and type of packages 
    • Emergency contact information 
    • Shipper's certification 

5. Secure Any Necessary Permits and Approvals -  In some cases, you may need permits or approvals from relevant authorities to transport hazardous materials. Check with the appropriate regulatory agencies or government departments to obtain any necessary permits or approvals before shipping. 

6. Engage a Carrier that is Certified in Handling Dangerous Goods - Make sure the carrier you select has the necessary expertise handling the type of hazardous materials you need shipped. Inform the carrier about the nature of the hazardous materials being shipped and any special handling instructions that must be considered. Provide all relevant shipping documents and discuss any specific requirements or restrictions with the carrier to ensure compliance with regulations. 

7. Monitor and Track the Shipment* - Keep track of the shipment throughout its journey. Include a GPS tracker in the shipment if needed. Stay in contact with your carrier and address any potential issues or delays promptly. 

*Mercury takes care of tracking all your shipments. Our dedicated team troubleshoots any issues that may arise, relieving you from the burden of managing it yourself.


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Safeguarding Temperature-Sensitive Biohazard Material for Uninterrupted Research

Shipping biohazardous materials

Our team successfully facilitated the secure importation of biohazardous materials from Canada to the US, which was vital for a client's research as no duplicate samples were available. Our team of experts ensured precise classification, clearance documentation, and careful packaging, guaranteeing timely and safe delivery. Our support was crucial in ensuring uninterrupted research, which is essential for scientific progress.

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