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Hazardous Materials Shipping

Hazardous materials freight includes substances that can be dangerous, harmful, pose risks to people, property, or the environment. When shipping hazmat freight over the road, there are several regulations that must be followed to ensure safe transportation. These regulations are primarily governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada.


Hazardous materials are classified into different hazard classes and divisions based on their characteristics and the risks they pose. It’s crucial to correctly classify the materials being shipped.


Hazardous shipments must be packaged in containers that meet the regulatory requirements for the specific hazard class. Packaging must be designed to prevent leaks, spills, and other potential hazards.

Marking and Labelling

Proper marking and labeling of hazmat containers are essential to communicate the nature of the materials being transported. This includes labels, placards, and other identification marks.

Shipping Papers

Accurate shipping documents, such as bills of lading and shipping manifests, must accompany the hazmat shipment. These documents should include detailed information about the materials, emergency contacts, and handling instructions.

Driver Training

Carriers handling hazmat freight must undergo specialized training to ensure they are aware of the potential risks.

Vehicle Requirements

The vehicles used for transporting hazmat freight must meet specific safety standards. Including the use of safety equipment and placarding based on the materials being transported.

Emergency Response

Carriers must have a written emergency response plan in place. Drivers should be trained in handling emergency situations related to hazmat shipments, including spills and leaks.


Given the potential for hazardous materials to be used for harmful purposes. Security measures must be in place to prevent theft or unauthorized access to the cargo.

Regulatory Compliance

It is critical to stay updated on hazmat regulations, as they can change over time. Non-compliance can result in fines, penalties, and legal consequences.

Hazardous Waste

If you are transporting hazardous waste materials, additional regulations and permits may be necessary. The disposal and handling of hazardous waste materials are subject to specific rules.

How we can help with your Hazmat shipping

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Types of Equipment for Hazmat Shipping

Dry Vans

Flatbed Trailer


Reefer Trailer

Temperature Controlled (reefer)

Step Decks

Double Drop Trailer

Double Drops

Straight Trucks

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