March 28 2019 0Comment
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Shipping of Dangerous Goods in Australia

Moving goods in Australia must be done in line with certain legislation and road rules. If you’re moving goods that are considered dangerous, you must comply with relevant laws. In many cases, business owners are not aware that the items they are shipping fall under the definition of ‘dangerous goods’ in Australia. If you’re involved in shipping goods in Australia, it’s important to be aware of the different classifications and to be certain that your shipment is safe.


At Specialised Logistics Australia, we’re a Brisbane-based shipping and logistics management company and we exist to provide shipping and logistics services to your business. We assist Australian and international businesses with safe, reliable and efficient logistics management for local, interstate and international shipping. This includes dangerous goods shipping.


For dangerous goods shipping within Australia and across the world, contact us at Specialised Logistics Australia. Reach us on 07 3879 3500 or get in touch with us online and we will get back to you. Read on to find out more about shipping dangerous goods in Australia.


Are my items dangerous goods?

When classifying ‘dangerous goods’ there’s significant legislation and guidelines in place that identifies exactly what and in what quantity something is considered to be dangerous goods. A simple definition of dangerous goods is – articles or materials capable of posing significant risk to people, health, property, or environment when transported in quantity.


Not sure if your goods are dangerous or not? You can simply ask the manufacturer whether your goods are dangerous, or you can give us a call and we can work with you to identify whether your goods warrant a dangerous goods classification.


Examples of dangerous goods shipped on Australian roads and interstate:

  • Aerosols, perfumes, fragrances
  • Anything containing lithium battery, so things like phones and laptops are considered dangerous goods
  • Paints and varnishes are considered dangerous goods due to the fact that in certain conditions they can overheat and catch fire

In Australia, we have nine different categories of dangerous goods – plus some sub-classes of dangerous goods. For a full list of the dangerous goods please take a look at the Queensland Government website here.


The way in which your shipment is classed will depend on how your shipment is packed, labelled and sent. Certain shipping conditions may result in a dangerous goods label, while other conditions may remove the dangerous goods label. The ultimate responsibility for labelling dangerous goods correctly will come down to you, the shipper, to make sure that the documentation and labelling is correct both for the country of origin and the country/location of the destination.


In many cases, shipping dangerous goods will require a special transport and handling service – which means that an additional charge may be added onto your initial shipping costs. You can speak to us at Specialised Logistics Australia to find out more about our surcharges and any additional costs associated with shipping dangerous goods.


We can move your dangerous goods interstate and internationally

When it comes to moving your dangerous goods, we can take care of them all at Specialised Logistics Australia, providing you with peace of mind and with safe and secure shipping across our network of logistics providers. We offer a safety assurance that we are capable of shipping dangerous goods in full compliance with regional, national, and international regulatory schemes for shipping.


Why Specialised Logistics Australia?

At Specialised Logistics Australia we are committed to delivering high quality solutions to our network of clients and customers alongside an assurance that we are committed to the continual safe transport of hazardous and dangerous goods across Australia.

  • We are certified to transport dangerous goods around the world and we hold relevant industry certification
  • Our team are accredited and certified to transport dangerous goods; you won’t be at risk of a failure in transport from Specialised Logistics Australia
  • We can store, transport, document, label, package and consult on a range of matters when it comes to dangerous goods transport


Please contact us on 07 3879 3500 or get in touch with us online to find out about how we can help you today.

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