Dangerous Goods

You may not be aware your item is dangerous or that different restrictions apply when transporting dangerous goods by road. Our routings also often involve sea crossings or tunnels where additional restrictions can apply. That's why it's important to check the different classifications and ensure your shipment is safe and compliant, and also compatible with other shipments.


What is considered dangerous?

Dangerous Goods are generally defined as “Substances, objects, solutions, preparations and wastes that present a risk of health, safety, goods or the environment."

If you are unsure whether your shipment is hazardous or not, ask the supplier for a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If it contains a UN number, it's dangerous goods and needs special handling. Alternatively, you can contact us to ask.

Wallenborn is licensed to transport all classifications of dangerous goods except Class 1 (explosives) and Class 7 (Radioactive materials). Since June 2018 we are also authorised to transport Class 1.4S. Our features and services for dangerous goods transport include:

  • Dangerous goods specialty training programme for drivers and office staff
  • Specially licensed dangerous goods drivers - all have an individual ADR protection kit
  • In-house Monitoring & Intervention with alert messaging
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Online tracking
  • Certified dangerous goods safety advisors available to provide advice specific to your requirements


Dangerous Goods classifications

There are nine classes of dangerous goods, plus a few sub-classes. The class your shipment falls under will affect how you pack, label and transport it.

Class 1. Explosives

Examples include: dynamite, bombs, ammunition

Class 4.3. Dangerous when wet

Examples include: sodium, zinc dust, zinc phosphate

Class 1.4S. Minor fire projection hazard

Examples: lighters, weapons cartridges, most consumer fireworks

Class 5.1. Oxidizing agents

Examples include: nitrates, fertiliser

Class 2.1. Flammable gases

Examples include: hairspray, aerosols

Class 5.2. Organic peroxides

Examples include: fibreglass repair kits

Class 2.2. Non-flammable, Non-toxic gasses

Examples include: oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide

Class 6.1. Toxic substances

Examples include: pesticides, cyanide

Class 2.3. Toxic gasses

Examples include: chlorine gas, anhydrous ammonia

Class 6.2. Infectious substances

Examples include: medical waste, viruses, bacteria

Class 3. Flammable liquids

Examples include: paint or alcohols

Class 7. Radioactive materials

Examples include: uranium, plutonium, smoke detectors

Class 4.1. Flammable solids

Examples include: matches, aluminium powder, kerosene

Class 8. Corrosive substances

Examples include: quicksilver, sulphuric acid, nitric acid

Class 4.2. Spontaneously combustible

Examples include: sodium, calcium carbide, zinc

Class 9. Miscellaneous dangerous goods

Examples include: lithium batteries, dry ice, asbestos


It's your responsibility

It is important to know that it is the shipper's responsibility that your cargo is correctly declared, packed and labelled with the right dangerous goods documentation for each country and mode involved in the transport.

A trusted and reliable partner is the most valuable thing in this business and Wallenborn is here to help. Wallenborn is a regulated agent certified by the Luxembourgish government. We have been TAPA TSR certified since 2012 and were the first asset-based company in the EMEA region to be certified at three levels – levels 1, 2 and 3.

Additional resources for more information on transporting dangerous goods by road can be found at https://adrbook.com and https://dgm.world.


To learn more about our dangerous goods transportation services or to request a quote please email LUX.request@wallenborn.com.