Hazardous goods transport in Thailand falls under regulations that comply with the ASEAN Framework agreement on the facilitation of interstate transport. These rules and agreements have been in effect since December of 2020.
Transporting chemicals within or out of Thailand is best accomplished working with chemical transport companies that are responsible, experienced and have a well established reputation for safe and efficient chemical transporting.
What are considered hazardous chemicals?
The term “HAZMAST” is generally used to describe the class of goods and chemicals that are considered dangerous when being transported.
As you might expect, such items like explosives, flammables and unstable chemicals are labeled as HAZMAT goods. Other types of materials and goods fall under this category which are not as well known:
- Comestible oils
- Nail polish and other types of cosmetics
- Perfumes and fumigants
- Batteries, laptops and other devices that use lithium batteries.
- Dry Ice
These are just a short list of the types of goods that require special packaging and external labeling when in transport. Chemical trucking companies and other registered chemical transport companies can provide their clients with a more extensive list of goods that fall under the HAZMAT category.
In this short article, it isn’t practical to describe the steps for labeling, packaging, and documentation required for transport hazardous materials by air, truck or ocean going vessels. We suggest that you engage the services of a professional organization experienced in the chemical transport industry.
When shipping dangerous goods by air, IATA international safety regulations need to be understood and followed closely. At Eagles air & Sea, we have experience working with our customer base to ensure that the goods they are shipping are identifies into the different categories of potentially harmful or dangerous cargo. In some cases, segregation of the goods from other cargo is required and well as special packaging to manage vibrations that can increase the volatility of certain chemicals.
We will ensure that your chemical or hazardous goods are packages and labeled correctly so as to avoid any problems or financial exposure while in transit or upon arrival at the destination.
We are experienced with chemical shipping containers used in ocean freight as well as all of the restrictions for cross border trucking of chemical via trucks.
If you have questions or concerns about shipping chemical of other hazardous cargo, the professionals at Eagles Air & Sea will be happy to review your requirements and guide you through the process of specific chemical transportation protocols.
Frequent Asked Questions
Are there international regulations for the transport of hazardous goods?
Yes – For air transport, IATA or the International Air Transport Association has established internationally agreed upon policies referred to as the ICAO Technical instructions. The international Maritime Goods or IMDG covers shipping of hazardous materials by sea.
How does the freight forwarder help when shipping hazardous materials?
When you partner with a logistics provider that is experienced in hazardous materials transport, they will be able to assess your specific specialized needs to make sure the cargo is documented and labeled correctly as well as secured safely within the freight container or air plane.
How are hazardous materials classified?
There are 9 classes of hazardous material:
- Class 1: Explosives
- Class 2: Compressed Gases
- Class 3: Flammable Liquids
- Class 4: Flammable Solids
- Class 5: Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
- Class 6: Toxic Materials
- Class 7: Radioactive Material
- Class 8: Corrosive Material
- Class 9: Miscellaneous