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What are Hazardous Goods And Can You Courier Them?

When it comes to transporting hazardous goods, it’s important to make sure you’ve got a courier you can trust. Transporting hazardous goods by courier in the UK can be a complex thing to manage; so it’s important to make sure you understand whether your consignment falls into the category of hazardous, and if so, where you can find a hazardous goods courier. With this guide from Speedy Freight, let’s examine the categorisation and transportation of hazardous goods in the UK!


Often referred to as ADR or ADR Transport, Accord Dangereux Routier which is the European regulations concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road.

What are hazardous goods?

Hazardous goods in the UK are classified by following a number of government guidelines. More generally, we might define hazardous goods as items that might cause harm to either the environment and the natural surroundings, the people around the consignment, or both – if they’re not handled with proper care.


So what falls under the UK legal definition of hazardous goods? The UK Government site describes the range of ‘dangerous goods’ as being between those which are more frequently encountered in daily life, such as paints, solvents and pesticides, to those which ‘present obvious risks’ like acids, gases and explosives.  All dangerous or hazardous goods are split into classifications, to help clients and dangerous goods couriers to assess how to transport and the level of risk.


The full list of classifications of hazardous goods can be found below:


Class  Type of material

  • Explosive substances and articles
  • Flammable gas (for example butane)
  • Non-flammable and non-toxic gases which could cause asphyxiation (for example nitrogen, helium, carbon dioxide) or oxidisers (for example oxygen)
  • Toxic gases (for example chlorine, phosgene)
  • Flammable liquids (for example lighter fluid, petrol)
  • Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitised explosives
  • Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
  • Oxidising substances
  • Organic peroxides
  • Toxic substances
  • Infectious substances
  • Radioactive material
  • Corrosive substances
  • Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles

For more information, check the classification list here.


Is it dangerous to transport hazardous goods in the UK?

The UK’s government definition of hazardous goods separates each type of hazardous goods into different classes, which then affect how they must be packaged and transported. It is the sender’s responsibility to ensure that any hazardous materials are transported according to UK legislation and regulations, so make sure that you respond to these accordingly.


It is important to note that these categorisations cover a huge range of consignment and material types, ranging from flammable gases to corrosive substances, so it’s key to check all of the different categories to make sure that your material is categorised correctly!


It’s also important to remember that if you’re only shipping limited quantities the rules are not as strict, so items must be moved according to consignment volume too.


What is a hazardous goods courier?

A hazardous goods courier is a courier specially equipped for and experienced in the movement of hazardous goods across the country or internationally. The movement of hazardous goods requires careful handling, and a dedicated hazardous goods courier facilitates the transportation of dangerous goods both around the UK and abroad.


Hazardous goods couriers in the UK must take precautions when moving dangerous goods, which are set out in the relevant legislation and laws around hazardous freight. Let’s take a look at how Speedy Freight prepares for the transportation of hazardous goods and moves them both nationally and internationally.


Arrange your hazardous goods courier, with Speedy Freight

Speedy Freight has a huge range of vehicles which are able to support you with the transportation of hazardous or dangerous goods around the UK and from the UK to abroad (and vice versa). With access to a range of over 4,000 vehicles, driven by dedicated ADR trained drivers, allows for the movement of any dangerous or hazardous consignments safely, securely and as efficiently as possible.


Get in touch with us today to arrange your hazardous goods transportation!

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