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Guide for hazardous goods shipper, what you need to know

If you need to ship hazardous goods (such as flammable aerosol, radioactive substance, lithium batteries etc.), you imperatively need to label these goods and respect IMDG international rules (International Maritime Dangerous Goods.) This process, respectful of the environment is required for all sea freight shipments. Moreover, this is will enable all actor implicated in supply chain to manage all shipment processes in the most appropriate way.
These key processes can seem complicated. SINO Shipping teams are here to assist you and ensure you a safe and appropriate shipment. With many years of experience in logistic industry, our teams will manage your transport in the safest way. A dedicated member will assist you during your shipment, from the pick up to the final delivery, and will carry your goods in the safest way.

For these shipments, it is necessary to respect the three following rules:

Suitable Classification and Labelling of the goods

Hazardous goods are included in several classifications of IMDG (for instance, explosives are in class 1, gaz in class 2) and need to have suitable labelling before shipment. This process is necessary for all handler implicated in supply chain in order to identify nature of shipment and manipulate goods in the most secured way.

Appropriate packing

Packaging will depend on classification and type of cargo. For all hazardous goods, appropriate packing material will be needed for safe shipment conditions.

Sino Info : Isolation of the goods : In order to avoid reaction or chemical risks with other goods on board, a safety zone is established by the shipper.

There are 9 different classes Hazardous goods


Does there is any labelling to identify those hazardous goods ?


1 = Product Identifier
2 = Signal Words
3 = Hazard Statement
4 = Precautionary Statement
5 = Supplier Information
6 = GHS Pictograms (Diamond-Shaped Symbols)

Your goods labelling is including one of these logos?

Contact us before starting your shipment

Why should you apply to SINO Shipping services to transport hazardous goods?

Your shipment needs to be shipped under several conditions. For hazardous goods shipments, many documents are required by customs authorities.

If these documents are not provided, your delivery might be delayed or even declined by destination agent and customs authorities. Don’t take any risk and contact us!

SINO advice : By letting us handle your shipment, our teams will provide you all required documents and check if all these formalities are in line with IMDG requirements.

Our worldwide network enables us to offer you shipments all over the world at very competitive prices.

New China requirements for hazardous goods, partially caused by Tianjin port explosion

COSCO revealed new restrictions for hazardous goods after the explosion that occurred in Tianjin port.


Tianjin port is now refusing hazardous goods (import or export.) For all hazardous goods already on board, when the vessel approaches the port, containers will be removed. Generally, containers will change destination, going from Tianjin to Qingdao.

Only the category 4 of hazardous goods of class 4 (unless UN1350) and class 5 (UN2465 and UN2468 only) will be sent back to loading port.

SINO info : Indeed, Qingdao requires a direct handling without any storage in warehouse. If the cargo is subject to any change regarding final destination, our teams will help you to ship to that destination. This change will cause a modification of the final price.

For all shipments in transit through Tianjin port, the cargo will be kept in the transshipment port until customer gives final instructions.


According to Qingdao port new releases, since 1 September 2015, all hazardous goods registered in Class 2,1, 4 (excluding Sulphur, UN1350 / CLS4.1) and class 5 (UN2465 and UN2468) cannot be stored in warehouses but need to be directly shipped.

SINO info : All hazardous goods shipped to Qingdao port should be handled by the receiver not more than 72 hours after the receiver. The agent must provide written document before the ship docks, confirming the shipment will be picked up in due time. If goods are collected after the delay of 72 hours, the port terminal will refuse to release the shipment (CEN, MD1, AWES, AWE2.)

Shanghai port

Yangshan terminal (COSCO establishment codes SHA08 and SHA09)

All hazardous goods shipped to Yangshan terminal must have “hazardous goods” labelling. Also, the container should not be damaged, otherwise, terminal will not allow unloading (for storage or transshipment.)

Guangdong Terminal at Yangshan (COSCO installation code: SHA41)

If the labelling does not comply with local restrictions, Guangdong terminal will not allow unloading of any containers. According to Shanghai port regulations, the shipper has to ensure that documents are declared, signed and in line with local rules. If hazardous labelling does not appear, the loader will not take in charge the shipment. These documents will be provided from the shipper.

If any the label gets damaged by any cause, you should inform your shipping agent.

Remark SINO : The local port can also prepare labeling in advance. If any labelling is missing at arrival, the local authorities will be able to provide the missing information.

Nantong port

Nantong port stopped accepting hazardous goods, imported or exported. This leaded the port to regain its usual mode of operation.

Jinzhou port

For handling of all hazardous goods, this port requires:

  • Booking with full name
  • Empty vessel for storage or unloading, provide a cleaning certificate
  • Full vessel for storage or unloading, provide a none hazardous certificate
  • Declare in advance the cargo and the vessel position at the terminal for transshipping

Xiamen port

Xiamen – containers terminal (COSCO establishment codes: XMN09)

Remark SINO : Because of renovation and improvement of Xiamen port equipments, Xiamen Ocean Gate Terminal will not accept any hazardous goods, unless if goods are already on the vessel. In this case, the shipment will be handled as a usual.

Xiamen Xinhaida Terminal (COSCO establishment codes: XMN42)

Remark SINO : Xiamen Xihaida ceased to accept dangerous goods, including re packaging of hazardous goods since 1stSeptember 2015.

Yangzhou Port

COSCO establishment Code YZH01

Since 19th august 2015, Yangzhou port only accept handling of hazardous goods of following class 2.2; 3; 5.1; 8 and 9. Hazardous goods belonging to other categories are not accepted. During customs declaration, a complete list of information must be provided. If there is a fake declaration or even missing information, container will not be accepted (loading and unloading) and the shipper will have to cover all related prices.

Remark SINO : All dangerous goods (excepted hazardous goods from Class 8) shipped in containers must be sent to the warehouse the day of arrival.

Yingkou port

YIngkou Terminal Co., Ltd. (COSCO establishment codes YIK01)

Because of security equipment modernization at Yingkou Terminal, the YIK01 codes accepts all hazardous goods to be handled and stored in terminal warehouses since 22 of August 2015. This could change when the port will regain its usual mode.

Yingkou new century terminal Co., Ltd. (COSCO establishment code YIK04)

Here again, because of new equipment settled at the port, the local authorities does not accept anymore any hazardous goods to be imported of exported (expected Class 8 battery dangerous battery). Been effective since the 14 august 2015, this might be changing when the port will regain its normal activities.

Yantai port

Yantai Terminal containers (COSCO establishment codes YNT01)des YIK01)

The code YNT01 already being effective, any hazardous goods will be accepted.

Yantai International Terminal container

Already being effective, the terminal will not accept hazardous shipments that contains potassium nitrate and thiourea dioxide. For hazardous goods, data and transport sheets have to be approved.

If the good is not registered in transport data, the cargo will not be accepted at the terminal.

Taicang port

COSCO Taicang Terminal Co., Ltd. (COSCO establishment code TAG01)

Taicang warehouse can’t provide storage service for hazardous goods because he does not own appropriate qualifications. All hazardous goods should be loaded/delivered directly, without any storage in the port.

Dafeng port

Dafeng harbor port Co., Ltd. (Cosco establishment code: DFE001)

This terminal does not accept storage of any hazardous good.

Lianyungang port

Lianyungang shipping terminal (cosco establishment codes: LYG01)

Lianyungang will not accept any hazardous goods from 1st September to 31th October. Regarding the goods already on board, all the information should be sent to the terminal authorities in order to ensure that the goods can be handled in the port or not.

Shantou port

Shantou port terminal (Cosco establishment code SWA01)

This terminal is refusing to handle any hazardous goods. Dangerous goods are only accepted in the terminal for transshipment, not for stowage.

Shantou International terminal

Since the 26th of august 2015, this terminal refuse to handle all type of hazardous goods.

Zhongshan port

Zhongshan international terminal Corp., Ltd. (Cosco establishment code ZSN01)

Warehouse and terminal port (Cosco establishment code WUC01).

These terminals are not accepting anymore hazardous shipments to be handled (excluding class 8 and 9) for storage and require direct loading and delivery (since the 21th of April 2015).

Huanpu port

Guangzhou Container Terminal Corp., Ltd. (Cosco establishment code HUA09)

This terminal will not accept any hazardous goods starting from the 29th of august 2015.

Fuzhou port

All terminal in Fuzhou port are not handling any hazardous goods, including Mawei terminal (cosco establishment code FOC03, FOC04), Qingzhou Terminal (cosco establishment code: FOC01) and Jiangyin Terminal (Cosco Establishment code FZN01).

Zhuhai port

All Zhuhai terminals refuse to handle hazardous goods, including Jiuzhou terminal (cosco establishment code ZHU01) Xiyu terminal (Cosco establishment code ZHU07) ad Gaolan terminal (Cosco establishment code GLA01).

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