Restrictions in air cargo shipments

Sending your belongings by air is much easier, that’s for sure. But, there is a problem with that. There are some things you cannot send by air. Therefore, in this article, we will tell you something about restrictions in air cargo shipments, and how to know what you can send.

Gas bottle - restrictions in air cargo shipments
Some things are obviously not safe to transport

What are the main restrictions in air cargo shipments?

When you are sending heavy lift cargo by air, you have to pay attention to regulations of the transportation company. But there are also regulations of the country you are sending to. One of the main restrictions in air cargo shipments is dangerous goods.

What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous goods are objects or substances that can be a serious risk to health, safety or property when transported by air. A look in the barn or under the kitchen sink will reveal a wide range of items that are potentially dangerous goods. Several examples of household items include pesticides, acids, aerosols, perfumes, bleaches, matches, cigarette lighters, camping stoves with liquid fuel or compressed gas, everything that contains or contains gasoline such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, brush cutters, model airplanes, batteries, fireworks, chainsaws.

Dangerous goods classes

There are nine main classes of dangerous goods. Some classes have sub-classes to adequately describe the nature of the properties of individual goods.

For each class or unit, there is a label to show what each hazard is. For example, toxic substances or radioactive materials. These labels must appear on the outside of the package and must remain on the package while it is in transit. There are labels also on most domestic packages, such as aerosol cans, bleach bottles, paint cans that you buy at the supermarket.

How else can you find out if the goods are dangerous?

  1. Look at the danger label in the form of a diamond on the container.
  2. If you do not see the label, look for the UN number. There will be a UN letter, followed by four-digit numbers, such as UN1950 or UN 1197.
  3. Look if there is a danger class on the container – often it will have something like “class 5.1” or “corrosive”.
  4. If you think it could be dangerous, but you cannot see any of these indicators, look for a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on the Internet.
  5. You can also search on the Internet by entering the manufacturer of your product, followed by the letters MSDS, and then the product name.
  6. You can also call the manufacturer or distributor using the customer information phone number found on most home products.
Sign of restrictions in air cargo shipments
Products with the sign like this are mostly under restrictions in air cargo shipments

If there is any doubt, ask!

Conventional household substances, such as oven and drain cleaners, bleaches, adhesives, aerosols and pesticides, gasoline and paint, can be classified as dangerous goods and cannot be taken on board aircraft.

In an aircraft flying high above the ground, some objects can behave unpredictably and dangerously.

You can check if there is a hazardous symbol on the container.

If there is, you must:

  • Check the cover of your ticket to see if what you are planning to carry is on the list of banned or restricted dangerous goods.
  • Check the airline’s website with which you are flying.
  • Contact the airline with which you are flying. Their trained staff can help with your inquiry and can tell you all about restrictions in air cargo shipments.

If you find out that you cannot take those items with you, nor put them in your luggage, there is a solution. Air freight forwarding companies in Japan will gladly take your belongings and transport them wherever you need.

Least wanted dangerous goods

1. Lost and damaged smartphones

An increasing number of passengers accidentally crush their phone with the reclining mechanism of their seat. The growing speed of these incidents, resulting in a damaged battery falling into a heat escape and igniting a fire, resulted that large carriers have considered the design of seats and updated the security video. They are warning passengers not to move their seat if they lose their electronic device.

2. Spare batteries

Passengers placing spare batteries in checked baggage remain a constant threat to flight safety, despite widespread warnings. Spare batteries that are not included in the set of equipment must be in hand luggage with secured terminals. In no event should spare batteries, regardless of size, be in the checked baggage.

3. Compressed oxygen

Passengers who need oxygen for medical purposes should contact their airline before the trip. While medical containers with medical assistance are authorized on aircraft, travelers should obtain approval from their operator before the flight so that the airline can ensure that the cylinders, valves or regulators mounted on the cylinder are protected from damage.

What to do if your luggage violates restrictions in air cargo shipments?

Well, it all depends on the type of your cargo. Some international freight forwarders can transport your belongings even if other companies don’t want to. Of course, there are some things that all companies refuse to transport. And you have to understand them, they don’t want to jeopardize their employee’s lives. Not to mention their equipment.


Plane for air cargo shipping
Check with the company whether they want to transport your belongings

If you are planning to transport anything that might be dangerous, check if you can transport it at all. As we have already said, it is not difficult to find out whether it is dangerous. After all, you can look for it on the Internet, you will surely find the information.

How much do such services cost?

It all depends on the company. Sometimes they charge extra for some special requests. And only the most reliable ones install a moving quote calculator form on their websites. That way you can calculate how much your transportation will cost. So, after hiring the company, you can relax and not worry that there will be any additional costs.

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