Some goods are classified as hazardous for transportation. Different regulations apply depending on the transport mode regarding marks, quantities and documentation.
Regardless of the mode of transportation, hazardous goods are categorized into the following IMO classes:
other hazardous substances
pesticides, paint, fuel
matches, coal, sodium
fertilizer, coating, hardener
pesticides, medical waste
cleaner, acids, alkalis
batteries, asbestos, dry ice
Additional to the IMO class, every type of hazardous cargo also has a UN number. It is a 4-digit number that has been defined by the United Nations with the purpose of improving the
characterization of hazardous goods.
For shipping IMO cargo via sea freight, an IMO packing certificate is required.
Caution! Not every shipping line accepts every IMO cargo. Also, there are regulations forbidding the loading of certain IMO classes resp. UN numbers together in a container or onto a vessel which
also restricts bookings. Therefore, availability of loading spaces should be checked before booking.