If you wish to import or export dangerous products such as perfumes, electronic devices or radioactive products, find out more about the relevant regulations below.
All information listed here is for reference only, and may not be fully complete.
Regulation and certifications
What is considered a dangerous product?
A product is considered to be dangerous when it represents one or more risks that may cause harm to people or to the environment. Whether pure substances, mixtures or blends, dangerous products are subject to strict regulations regarding their usage, storage and transport conditions. Depending on their physical and chemical properties, acute or chronic effects on humans and the environment, they each have a classification based on a scale of seriousness.
The different classes are:
Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gases
Class 3: Flammable liquids
Class 4: Flammable substances or solids
Class 5: Oxidising substances and organic peroxides
Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances
Class 7: Radioactive substances
Class 8: Corrosive substances
Class 9: Various dangerous substances
The transport of dangerous materials occurs frequently in the air cargo industry. Each type of dangerous material requires specific care and handling to be allowed on the aircraft.
In many cases, these goods can be transported safely by air, provided that the standards set out in the IATA transport regulations are strictly adhered to.
Some goods are not allowed to be carried on board an aircraft; others are only allowed on board cargo aircraft.
IATA regulations define the quantity limits of dangerous goods per package, which are strictly verified when the goods are accepted by the airline.
The Freight Terminal has a specific area for handling dangerous materials and our teams are trained to handle dangerous materials.
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For freight aircraft which also operate commercial flights (with passengers), certain dangerous products are prohibited: explosives, flammable gases, toxic or infectious substances, oxidants and corrosive substances.
Only full Cargo aircraft are allowed to carry dangerous goods in accordance with IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations.
Your freight forwarder will be best placed to advise you on conditions for transporting your dangerous goods. However, you should be aware that packaging for the transport of dangerous goods must be UN-approved (United Nations) and clearly labelled as compliant for the transport of dangerous goods. This packaging is mandatory, and an essential component of safe transport. The approval number certifies that a package is compliant for use in storing and transporting dangerous goods.
Administrative and tax formalities
The import or export of dangerous goods requires a Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
What are the DGD and the SDS?
The DGD is a declaration containing all data required by IATA Regulations, and is drawn up by the person shipping the goods.
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is an identity card for the dangerous goods being transported, containing all the information about the products. The MSDS must be provided by the manufacturer of the dangerous product.
What are they for?
The DGD declaration ensures the proper handling of the dangerous cargo during transport in order to facilitate any response needed in case an incident occurs during the flight or on the ground.
The Safety Data Sheet contains information regarding health and environmental hazards, indications on means of protection, choices of means of transport, as well as measures to be taken and emergency contacts.
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