AsstrA provides trustworthy and professional ADR cargo transportation services in all parts of Asia and Europe, including the CIS. Our team offers every valued customer optimal logistics solutions and on-time shipments fully compliant with international regulations.
Hazardous cargo transport is regulated in order to prevent any accidents potentially harming individuals or the environment or causing damage to property or other cargo. All dangerous items are grouped in one of nine classes depending on the primary hazard involved. The official classification groups consist of explosives, gases, flammable liquids, inflammable solids, oxidizers, and materials containing peroxides, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive, erosive or miscellaneous dangerous substances. Proper ADR transportation always involves properly classifying, labeling, and packaging hazardous materials.
International ADR transportation involves a high level of responsibility due to the dangers it entails and the high cost of the cargo. AsstrA’s team thoroughly plans all precautionary measures ahead of time to ensure the secure and efficient transportation of dangerous goods by road, rail, air, and sea. With timely deliveries of hazardous goods, our valued customers can confidently grow their businesses in the pharmaceutical, chemical, mining and petrochemical industries. among others. Our staff takes responsibility for meeting all technical regulations, developing the best routes, and minimizing the cost of deliveries. A reasonable pricing policy and top-quality services are always among our priorities at AsstrA.
Dangerous goods transportation services are subject to a complex set of of international regulations. Logistic companies must operate in accordance with a system of international and regional technical and legal agreements between various organizations. The regulations of specific states are also in effect, of course. Therefore, international shipments of hazardous items are always complicated by differences in laws and regulations between jurisdictions.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, has unified the official procedures and regulations related to the transport of dangerous goods by air. Necessary documentation includes complete technical directions for the safe transportation of hazardous cargo by aircraft. These regulations establishing worldwide safety standards were developed and adopted based on diverse international aviation regulatory conventions. They are updated annually in accordance with current information and technical safety requirements.
Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), or technical instructions, are a list of guidelines with definitions and detailed classifications for hazardous cargo. The document establishes specific actions for shippers to take, e.g. when packing, marking, securing, and transshipping dangerous cargo. Also included is a description of the necessary security precautions to be taken for air transport and requirements for the aircraft crew. The ICAO classifications defines nine main categories of dangerous cargo which are further divided into subclasses.
Shippers must be aware of which substances may not be shipped by air according to the DGR and ICAO. Examples include radioactive, corrosive, and toxic materials.
Unified regulations on the transport of dangerous goods by road have been developed and established by the UN. The ADR Agreement provides worldwide guidelines on the transportation, labeling, and packaging of a comprehensive list of hazardous cargoes. Also, this document lays out the necessary qualifications for drivers of vehicles containing dangerous goods. This document is widely recognized and is in effect in the UK, the EU, Morocco, Russia, and the CIS. The ADR hazardous cargo classifications are the same as those used in the ICAO, with nine groups of cargo subdivided according to the nature of their predominant threat. The consignor must verify the main properties of the dangerous goods he is transporting and follow the rules from the ADR Agreement to ensure safe and secure delivery.
Guidelines for the transport of hazardous goods by sea are established in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. This legal document describes all the necessary measures to be taken to guarantee safe transportation of hazardous cargo according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It also defines the term "dangerous good" and other terminology. The detailed cargo classifications have the same nine groups as the ADR Agreement mentioned above, with guidance on packing, labeling, stowage, segregation and handling, as well as recommended emergency response protocols. The first edition of the Code regulating the carriage of dangerous goods was defined in 1974 by the SOLAS Convention as a standard guide to all aspects of handling marine pollutants during sea transport.
Basic regulations governing the railway transportation of dangerous goods are laid out in a several acts including the Convention on International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) and the SMGS Agreement on the Direct International Transport of Goods by Rail, as applied in Eastern Europe and Asia. The CIS countries also apply regional acts. These documents contain basic principles for the safe transportation of hazardous goods by rail and recommendations for proper operational practices, e.g. labeling and packaging.
The recommendations, classifications, and terminology are similar to those mentioned earlier governing other transport modes. The legal acts also lay out the required rules of service for railway crews. One of the salient issues related to the delivery of dangerous cargo by rail is the requirement that there be a substantial distance between the houses and the rail line being used for transport.
The scope of these regulations has been formed with respect to both international and domestic legal systems at the same time. That's why transport of dangerous goods by water, rail and air should be carried out taking into account both general and the specific rules established by State regulations. AsstrA provides full legal support to our valued clients and is always up to date on all the latest changes to regulatory requirements, both international and domestic.
Requirements for ADR cargo transportation by air, rail, road or by sea depend on the hazard class of the goods being shipped. The consignor is responsible for ensuring proper packaging, easily recognizable labeling, handling and storage, loading, and unloading. Also, the consignor should carry out loading and unloading in accordance with the provisions specified in the relevant documentation. All procedures are described in detail in legal acts establishing regulations for the transport of hazardous cargo. The documents must be completed and registered before the shipment.
The list of following documents must accompany an ADR consignment transported by road:
- a license for the international transportation of hazard cargo;
- a certificate for the dangerous goods delivered along a route including federal highways or certain other roads;
- a correctly completed waybill indicating the name of the cargo name, its identification number, hazard classification, etc.
Other official paperwork may also be required.
These certificates and other documents are necessary for ADR carriage by rail:
- a license for the transportation of dangerous cargo by rail;
- a license for loading and unloading ADR cargo on / off the trains;
- a certificate of railway technical regulatory compliance;
- consignment notes complete with name, ID number, hazard class, etc.
Other official papers may also be required.
The list of following documents must accompany ADR cargo transpored by sea:
- a license for cargo carriage by sea and inland waters;
- a license for loading and unloading dangerous cargo (according to the appropriate IMDG Code for hazardous materials and substances) for marine and inland water transport;
- a consignment note with name, ID number, class of dangerous goods, and so on.
Other official papers may also be required.
These documents are necessary for the transportation of hazardous goods by air:
- a license for receiving and handling ADR dangerous cargo by aircraft;
- customs declarations for this type of cargo;
- air waybill with name, ID number, hazard class, etc;
- and other documents.
Other official papers may also be required.
According to the ADR vehicle requirements set out in the ADR Agreement and other relevant legal documents, specialized vehicles and appropriate containers must be provided for shipping. Accordingly, AsstrA relies exclusively on reputable transport partners. We collaborate only with reliable and qualified companies with an excellent reputation and broad experience in the transportation of hazardous cargo. Our partners already have all the necessary official papers and licenses for the transport of dangerous goods. AsstrA can provides its own fleet for ADR carriage by road. Our team of skilled, qualified experts is trained to deal with dangerous goods and is ready to manage any logistic task of our valued customers.
AsstrA has acquired a European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Safety & Quality Assessment for Sustainability (SQAS) certificate. This assessment confirms the high quality of services we provide and our compliance with all requirements for the safe transportation of dangerous chemicals.
AsstrA AG customers enjoy innovative and cost-effective services for ADR cargo transportation fully compliant with regional and international standards. Our company arranges the delivery of dangerous goods of various hazard classes, such as 2, 3, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1-5.2, 6.1-6.2, 8, and 9. To minimize risks we offer additional cargo insurance. Every shipment is insured for a maximum of €3 million by the Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Switzerland), one of our valued partners.
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Loads in the volume from 1 pallet and/or heavier than 500 kg are accepted for transportation. For transportation of cargo with weight of less than 500 kg, use the services of LTL shipments or air freight. AsstrA company does not perform shipments of personal belongings.