Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) also called Dangerous Goods are substances or materials – liquid, solid or gases defined as harmful for the people, living organisms, property and environment when transported in USA or internationally. Dangerous goods (HAZMAT) include flammable, corrosive, explosive, oxidizing, radioactive, asphyxiating, toxic, bio hazardous, pathogenic, or allergenic hazardous materials.

Shipping Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) or Dangerous Goods overseas is strictly regulated process: loading, storage, labeling, documentation etc. Dangerous goods (DG) may only be loaded on the carrier and ship internationally with explicit approval from the shipping line. The shipper has to submit hazardous goods documentation (IMO declaration) with the shipping line prior to scheduling ocean freight transportation. Exporting or importing from USA of hazardous materials internationally, requires more transit time and is subject to hazardous materials surcharges from the shipping line. The Shipper is entirely responsible for providing the proper documentation and correct cargo description for the ocean transportation of hazardous materials. Incorrect classification, identification, improper IMO declaration and missing documentation will detain and delay the dangerous goods shipment.

Most of the international shipping lines will not approve dangerous goods other than IMO Classes 3, 8 and 9. Some classes of hazardous goods require specialized equipment form the shipping line to transport dangerous goods cargo. 

Dangerous Goods Terms & Classes in Ocean Freight Transportation

IMO Class – International Maritime Organization hazardous materials class.

PACKING GROUP – specify the level of protective material required during ocean transportation. 

Packing Group I most protective packing required - great danger;

Packing Group II, medium danger

Packing Group III, small danger.


UN Number United Nations Number.
This is internationally recognized number assigned to a specific class or material of dangerous cargo. FLASH POINT - temperature at which the material can be ignited or vaporize to form an ignitable mixture in air. 

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Classes

Class 1. Explosives
Class 2. Gases
Class 3. Flammable Liquid

Class 4. Flammable Solids

Class 5. Oxidizing Agents

Class 6. Toxic
Class 6. Infectious
Class 7. Radioactive
Class 8. Corrosives
Class 9. Miscellaneous


Freight consolidation services


Consolidated Freight & Shipping, Inc offers Freight Consolidation services where we can consolidate your freight in our Miami based warehouse facilities, providing you with the best freight consolidation service for your needs. For smaller less than a container loads “LCL”, full container loads “FCL” or large multi modal projects we will provide you with on time shipment coordination, safe and secure warehouse facility, superior customer service and deliver the consolidated freight anywhere in the world.

Freight consolidation can help you reduce the shipping cost by moving in LCL volumes of goods together. In order to optimize export, import consolidation time and cost, we offer combining load consolidation of several consignees into one consolidated load. Our experience team is ready to pack, brace, crate, load and secure your consolidated container cargo for the best of your needs and international shipping requirements. Our professional agents will monitor and track every step and detail of the ocean freight consolidation and provide you with the best solutions for your consolidated load.  

Consolidated Freight & Shipping, Inc. provides logistics services to the progressive wholesaler, retailer, importer or manufacturer including:  

Freight Consolidation

Consolidates LCL (less than Container load) shipments 

Ocean Freight

Negotiates highly competitive ocean rates, regardless of foreign port origin or container quantity through our strategic partnership with the Global Shippers Association 

Professional and Experienced Staff


Each team members efforts reflects our company's pride and desire to exceed every customer's service expectations.
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