Hazardous Cargo

Safety is our number one concern when shipping hazardous cargo. Hazardous cargo is any materials being shipped that are considered to be classified under the regulations of the Federal Hazardous Materials Law with the US Department of Transportation. These materials pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety or property and have been rated under the DOT class system. Please contact our offices if you need help determining the class of your cargo. Below is a list of Hazardous Classes from the Department of Transportation:

DOT Hazard Class 1: Explosives

Division 1.1 Explosives with a mass explosion hazard
Division 1.2 Explosives with a projection hazard
Division 1.3 Explosives with predominantly a fire hazard
Division 1.4 Explosives with no significant blast hazard
Division 1.5 Very insensitive explosives
Division 1.6 Extremely insensitive explosive articles

DOT Hazard Class 2: Gases

Division 2.1 Flammable gases
Division 2.2 Non-flammable gases
Division 2.3 Poison gases
Division 2.4 Corrosive gases

DOT Hazard Class 3: Flammable liquids

Division 3.1 Flashpoint below -18°C(0°F)
Division 3.2 Flashpoint below -18°C and above, but less than 23°C(73°F)
Division 3.3 Flashpoint 23°C and up to 61°C(141°F)

DOT Hazard Class 4: Flammable solids, spontaneously combustible materials, and materials that are dangerous when wet

Division 4.1 Flammable solids
Division 4.2 Spontaneously combustible materials
Division 4.3 Materials that are dangerous when wet

DOT Hazard Class 5: Oxidizers and organic peroxides

Division 5.1 Oxidizers
Division 5.2 Organic peroxides

DOT Hazard Class 6: Poisons and etiologic materials

Division 6.1 Poisonous materials
Division 6.2 Etiologic(infectious) materials

DOT Hazard Class 7: Radioactive material

Any material, or combination of materials, that spontaneously gives off ionizing radiation. It has a specific activity greater than 0.002 micro curies per gram.

DOT Hazard Class 8: Corrosives

A material, liquid or solid, that causes visible destruction or irreversible alteration to human skin or a liquid that has a severe corrosion rate on steel or aluminum.

DOT Hazard Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles

A material that presents a hazard during transport, but which is not included in another hazardous freight classification.

ORM-D: Other regulated material

A material that, although otherwise subjected to regulations, presents a limited hazard during transportation due to its form, quantity and packaging.