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Procedures for the Handling of Airfreight Shipments 
Containing Dangerous Goods

Step 1:

Obtain a completed forwarding instruction, including an adequate description of the cargo, marks/numbers and a definite answer to the Dangerous Goods clause.

Step 2:

Respond to the Dangerous Goods clause. 


  • Ensure that you understand the description of contents provided by the shipper. If unsure about the nature of the cargo, call the shipper for verification. 
  • Check that the description is not a known Dangerous Goods commodity          

  • Explosive (ammunitions, flares)
  • Flammable liquids (fuels, flavourings, essential oils, printing ink
  • Gases, Toxic, Flammable, Corrosive (aerosols, gas cylinders etc)
  • Flammable solids (matches)
  • Oxidising Substances (peroxides, fertilisers)
  • Toxic Substances (agricultural  products such as pesticides)
  • Infections Substances (medical shipments, diagnostic samples)
  • Radioactive Substances
  • Corrosive Substances (acids, cleaning products, batteries)
  • Magnetised materials (audio speakers), Internal Combustion engines (motor vehicles, generators etc), Life Rafts, Lithium Batteries
  • Check any commodity showing a chemical name.  Refer to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.  If you are unsure, check with someone who knows.


  • Verify the appearance of the cargo with the warehouse staff or driver prior to lodgment. Any cargo exhibiting hazard labels or UN/ID numbers should be delivered to the warehouse for further investigation prior to export.


  • Confirm that the shipper understands their responsibilities under the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. A shipper must provide 2 original copies of the completed IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration and offer the goods for transport packaged and labelled according to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.  
  • If the shipper is unfamiliar with the export of dangerous goods:
  • Recommend the completion of a Dangerous Goods Acceptance Course
  • Advise the shipper that there are specialist dangerous goods companies that are authorised to complete the documentation, packaging and labelling requirements on behalf of shippers.

Shipper Signed DG Declaration

  • Request a fax copy of the DG Declaration prior to Pick Up
  • Complete sections 1 to 28 of the DG Check list to ensure the Declaration is acceptable
  • Arrange for cargo to be delivered to EMO Trans warehouse
  • Cut the MAWB/HAWB and complete sections 29 & 30 of the check sheet
  • Go to the warehouse and complete sections 31 to 55 of the check sheet
  • Sign and date the check sheet (keep a copy in the job file)< 

  • If you answer NO to any question on the CHECK SHEET, the shipment MUST be HELD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE and shipper advised of the discrepancy.

External - DG Specialist Signed DG Declaration

  • Deliver goods to DG Specialist (Dangerous Goods Management or Dangerous Goods Compliance)
  • Obtain a copy of the DG Declaration
  • Complete a DG Check on both Documents and Cargo prior to lodgement or at the airport terminal
  • Sign and date the check sheet (keep a copy in the file)
If you answer NO to any question on the CHECK SHEET, the shipment MUST be HELD UNTIL the discrepancy has been resolved with the DG Specialist. (Keep records in the file)

Click here for a Dangerous Goods Check List

Click here for Dangerous Goods Labels

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