A dangerous cargo means substances, materials and products that, in the course of air freight, can pose a threat to the life, health and safety of passengers and crew, damage aircraft property or the environment. These include flammables and explosives, pressurised gases, pesticides, toxic, corrosive and radioactive substances and other sources of possible threat (internal combustion engines, lithium batteries, magnetized material, etc.). A dangerous cargo also embraces goods seemingly harmless – food additives with a strong smell, inks, household appliances, consumer goods (powders, perfumes, aerosols), equipment with fuel and lubricants residue, etc. Such goods must be properly declared, packaged and marked, require qualified handling and special carriage conditions subject to national and international laws.
The Russian laws regulate the transportation of dangerous goods through the “Air Navigation Order of the Russian Federation” (Article 113) and the Federal Aviation Regulations (“General Rules of Air Carriage of Passengers, Baggage, Freight and Requirements to Servicing Passengers, Shippers, Consignees”, “Regulations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Civil Aviation”). Transportation of dangerous goods by air is globally governed by the ICAO’s (International Civil Aviation Organization) documents (in particular the “Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air”) and IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations, which are updated annually and contain an exhaustive and detailed instructions for the safe transportation of dangerous goods by air.
The ATA International has experts in dangerous cargo transportation. They regularly attend IATA’s specialized schools and have the right to declare goods, as well as extensive experience in the international air transportation of dangerous goods.
advice on the possibility of shipping dangerous goods onboard of passenger aircraft and freight carriers;
complete and clear instructions on the preparation of dangerous goods for air freight;
packaging and labeling;
if necessary, providing a special UN certified packaging;
declaring dangerous goods;
arranging transport of dangerous goods by land and air.
Please, remember that in order to provide preliminary advice on the transportation of dangerous goods by air we need a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) with details of substance/product properties, proper shipping name and UN number (four-digit identification UN number).