Hazardous Cargo

“Hazardous Materials” and “Dangerous Goods” are terms used synonymously to describe articles or substances which can pose a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. These items have been identified and categorized by various domestic and international government agencies and safeguards put in place for their safe carriage by all modes of transport, including by air.

In the United States, the transport of Hazardous Materials is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in Chapter 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (49CFR), and outside the U.S. by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in its manual titled Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Both regulatory organizations recognize that most Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials can be safely transported by air provided certain principles and regulations are strictly followed, but some items such as explosives cannot be transported by air under U.S. and international regulations.  However, Phoenix Air holds a Special Permit issued by the U.S. DOT allowing the transport of explosives (see section above).

General Hazardous Materials Transport by Air

Although explosives are a type of Hazardous Materials, there are many other commodities which are prohibited for air transport except under special authorization. Phoenix Air is authorized to transport by air many of these items, including:

  • Class 2 Flammable, Non-flammable and Toxic Gases
  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 Oxidizing Substances
  • Class 6 Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive Material
  • Class 8 Corrosives

When all other modes of transport of hazardous materials are unavailable either due to the nature of the commodity or time constraints, Phoenix Air will likely be your organization’s ultimate transport solution.