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DEEP BLUE is one of the carriers of Dangerous Goods worldwide. Whether you are shipping Dangerous Goods within India or internationally, we have the expertise to provide safe solutions for handling and transporting your Dangerous Goods shipments. Deep Blue accepts 'consumer commodities' and 'limited quantities' as defined, labeled and packaged in accordance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations for shipments .


Dangerous Goods Resources




What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous Goods are commodities that, when transported, pose some form of danger to people, animals, the environment, or the carrier. Dangerous goods can be either acceptable or unacceptable for shipping. The latest list of Dangerous Goods can be accessed at www.iata.org.

There are nine classifications of Dangerous Goods that identify the type of danger each possesses. These are grouped into categories called accessible and inaccessible which determine the Deep Blue service you can ship with.


Accessible vs Inaccessible Dangerous Goods

Certain Dangerous Goods shipments must be accessible to the flight crew in-flight. These are categorized as Accessible Dangerous Goods (ADG). Inaccessible Dangerous Goods (IDG) do not need to be loaded so they are accessible to the flight crew in-flight.


Dangerous Goods: Accessible Inaccessible
Class 1 - Explosives x  
Class 2 - Gases    
2.1 - Flammable Gas x  
2.2 - Nonflammable Gas    
without a "Cargo Aircraft Only" label   x
with a "Cargo Aircraft Only" label x  
Class 3 - Flammable Liquids x  
Class 4 -
4.1 - Flammable Solids
4.2 - Spontaneous Combustibles
4.3 - Dangerous When Wet
Class 5 - Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides
5.1 - Oxidizers
5.2 - Organic Peroxides
Class 6 - Toxic (Poisonous) and Infectious Substances
6.1 - Toxic Substances
6.2 - Infectious Substances
Class 7 - Radioactive Material
White I
Yellow II
Yellow III
Class 8 - Corrosives  x  
Class 9 - Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods   x


Examples of Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods:

  • Dry Ice (Carbon Dioxide, Solid)
  • Consumer Commodities
  • Life saving appliances (self-inflating or containing Dangerous Goods as equipment)
  • Air bag inflators and/or air bag modules
  • Battery powered equipment or vehicles containing a wet battery
  • Machines incorporating internal combustion engines
  • Lithium batteries
  • Magnetized Material - although considered a class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Good, Magnetized Material has its own label. The label bears the picture of a magnet and a compass, and rather than a number at the bottom, contains the words "Magnetized Material"

Available Services

Depending upon the Dangerous Goods category, Deep Blue Xpress offers a number of shipping options. A nominal fee applies for handling Dangerous Goods. Get a rate quote or consult Deep Blue Xpress Rates with your relationship manager. Dry Ice Surcharge (Effective January 23, 2012) - An additional handling surcharge will apply to select Deep blue Xpress shipments that contain dry ice.



You are responsible for correctly identifying, classifying, packaging, marking, labeling and completing documentation for Dangerous Goods according to national and international governmental regulations. The government requires you to have job-specific training before offering a Dangerous Goods shipment to any air carrier.


Packaging Guidelines

To ensure proper handling, Dangerous Goods cannot be offered in Deep Blue packaging. You are required to purchase your own shipping containers from a Dangerous Goods packaging supplier.

For a list of Dangerous Goods packaging and supply companies who can help you classify and properly package your Dangerous Goods shipments, please visit the iata.org website


Acceptable Dangerous Goods Summary

There are some items that sound like they may be considered Dangerous Goods, but are not. These items may be shipped to any location served by Deep Blue unless they are specifically prohibited by the destination country. Examples include:

  • Gas oil, kerosene, or diesel fuel (if their flashpoints are higher than 60 degrees C)
  • Motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, or power steering fluid
  • Ethylene-glycol based antifreeze liquids for autos
  • Water-based paint
  • Blue Ice
  • Neon signs
  • Freon in liquid form (non compressed)

Unacceptable Dangerous Goods Summary

Dangerous goods in violation of the regulations in any way are unacceptable for transportation. In addition, here are some examples of the other Dangerous Goods that are not acceptable for Deep Blue Express service.

  • Dangerous goods to or from a location where Dangerous Goods service is not available
  • Radioactive, with a transport index higher than 10
  • Explosives other than division 1.4
  • Hazardous waste (including medical waste)
  • Substances with a primary or sub-risk of division 6.1 (toxic substances) packing group I or II, unless the shipper uses V-rated packaging
  • Any substance bearing a toxic gas label (division 2.3)
  • Infectious substances of risk group 4 (division 6.2)

Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities

Very small quantities of certain Dangerous Goods may be transported as "Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities". You will need to affix the Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities label to the shipment.


Customs Regulations

The same customs rules apply to Dangerous Goods shipments as for all other types of shipments. Customs paperwork is only required if the shipment meets the criteria necessary for any particular form.


Handling instructions

Dry Ice must be in packaging designed and constructed to permit the release of carbon dioxide gas and to prevent a buildup of pressure that could rupture the packaging. A good sturdy fiberboard box is acceptable. Styrofoam is generally unacceptable outer packaging.

A Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods is not required when shipping dry ice together with a non-Dangerous Good if the following information is contained on the air waybill, and marked on the outside of the package:

Dry Ice, 9, UN1845, "_ x _ Kg".

(Note: Dry Ice is often used as a refrigerant when packing other Dangerous Goods such as "infectious substances". Under these circumstances, a Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods is required.)


Marking and Labelling Shipments

The package must be marked with the names and addresses of both you and the consignee. You may write the information directly on the box or affix a label with the required information to the box.