"Hazardous Materials" (HAZMAT) or “dangerous goods” are defined as any solids, liquids, or gasses with hazardous susceptibilities that can cause harm to living things, property, or the environment. HAZMAT can include materials that are radioactive, flammable, toxic, explosive, and those of similar characterizations.
There are nine overarching classes of hazardous materials, most of which are then further divided into multiple subcategories. Each hazard class is assigned it’s own diamond shaped label to communicate the hazard and class number. Hazard classifications are also known as hazard identifiers.
The UN Model Regulations that govern the classification system depend on the danger it presents to the carrier. Your factory should be able to indicate if the goods produced fall into one of these categories.
To better explore each of the nine HAZMAT classes, scroll through this detailed Hazardous Materials Table.
Shipping HAZMAT with Freightos
Freightos can ONLY offer instant quotes for hazardous materials shipments involving lithium ion batteries. Any other HAZMAT shipments CANNOT be handled by our forwarders.
Please note that even shipments with lithium ion batteries include special handling fees and additional details to take into account.
Additionally, to ship goods with lithium batteries through a forwarder on the Freightos Marketplace, you will need a Material Safety Data Sheet.
If you are shipping goods with lithium ion batteries, please indicate as such in your Freightos search, and our Freight Team will be in touch about any other details you'll need to provide.