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DANGEROUS GOODS & PROHIBITED ITEMS

DHL Freight is an established carrier of dangerous goods that can offer solutions for such transports both nationally as well as internationally. 

Transportation of dangerous goods is regulated by international and national regulations for each mode of transport. The purpose of these regulations is to prevent accidents as well as injuries or damage to persons, property and the environment.

DHL complies with the respective regulations for dangerous goods; ADR for road transportsthe IMDG code for maritime transports and RID for rail transports.

DHL also have certain own restrictions and limitations, which you find in the respective products terms and conditions. It is the consignor’s responsibility to comply with the restrictions and rules for the transport of dangerous goods and to provide DHL with the correct documentation and information.

International transports from Sweden that include maritime transport, must also be comply with the IMDG code.

Dangerous Goods Restrictions for each transport service

Domestic
DHL Pall
DHL Stycke
DHL Parti
DHL Paket
DHL Home Delivery
DHL Service Point

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International
DHL Freight Euroconnect
DHL Freight Euroconnect Plus
DHL Freight Eurapid

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DHL Paket Export
DHL Parcel Connect

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Road Transports of Dangerous Goods

DHL Freight transports dangerous goods by road in accordance with the national and international ADR agreement (the European agreement concerning international road transport of dangerous goods). These rules apply in all countries that have incorporated the ADR Convention to their legislation. In addition, the EU directive on the transport of dangerous goods in Europe applies.

The agreement is renewed every two years by UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe).

DHL Freight ensures that all transport equipment is provided, including the drivers “written instructions according to ADR” in the languages required. When transporting dangerous goods, special arrangements are always required, and that is why the transport schedule must be agreed separately.


The consignor’s responsibility for the transport of dangerous goods

  • The consignor has certain obligations that are required both in the regulations and in the law.
  • For consignors of dangerous goods shipments, the law requires that you have a safety advisor linked to your business. This safety advisor can be internal or external but must be registered with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).
  • Under all conditions, everyone who comes into contact with dangerous goods at the consignor must be trained in accordance with the ADR/IMDG Code, chapter 1.3.
  • To create the correct documents according to the regulations that apply for the transport.

Road transports (ADR) require an approved goods declaration with the correct information in the correct way and in the correct language according to international and national rules.

Maritime transports (IMDG code) require an approved goods declaration with the correct information in the correct way, written on a “Multimodal Dangerous Goods Form” in English.

  • That the goods are correctly classified (you must know what items you are shipping)
  • That the goods are packed in approved packaging and are marked and labeled in accordance with the regulations.

Excluded goods for transport by DHL Freight

Please note that DHL Freight does not transport the following types of goods in our network:

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Waste, living botanicals, livestock, animals, fresh produce
  • Cash, precious metals, jewelry, gemstones, works of art, antiques, checks, ready-to-use credit cards, coins, stamps, valid phone cards
  • Means of payment, securities (guarantees), valuables, documents, household goods, bulk materials
  • Cigarettes, cigars and other finished tobacco products

For Dangerous goods see DHLs restrictions for respective product terms and conditions.


Surcharges for Dangerous Goods

When transporting dangerous goods, extra measures are required such as marking transport unites, handle and convey declarations to authorities and transport companies. For dangerous goods, extra local and/or national DGR fees are charged and these are invoiced separately. Extra charges are always added for transports of dangerous goods. 

If you want to know more about the local costs and regulations that apply to the transport of dangerous goods, contact DHL Freight customer service. 

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