A Guide to Hazardous Cargo Freight to and from Malta

A Guide to Hazardous Cargo Freight to and from Malta

The safe and secure shipping of hazardous loads always warrants careful consideration, and this is certainly no different when it comes to the transportation of dangerous goods to and from the island of Malta. Both international and local regulations must be adhered to, making the identification and employment of a trusted international shipping provider all the more important, whether you are shipping from in Europe, or further afield.

Rules and regulations

Malta is an EU member state, so adheres to the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, also known as the ADR, when it comes to international journeys involving hazardous cargo freight. Among the type of loads classified as dangerous or hazardous are explosive substances, gasses, flammable liquids, substances which can spontaneously combust, oxidising substances, organic peroxides, toxic substances, radioactive material, corrosive substances and other miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles.

Consignor's obligations

Before you hand over a hazardous cargo to a carrier, there are obligations you must meet in accordance with ADR. These include ensuring the goods are authorised and classified under the terms of ADR, providing the carrier with the correct information on the nature of the cargo, including the necessary ADR travel documents such as the ADR Dangerous Goods Note (downloadable here: and any notes for the driver. You are obliged to use only suitable packages and mark or label any empty tanks appropriately.

Shipping options

There is no set option when it comes to shipping hazardous cargoes, and you can typically choose between seafreight, airfreight and roadfreight services - or in some cases a combination of all three may work out best. Each transportation method has its own legal requirements relating to the shipping of dangerous loads, and you should be sure that you are putting your faith in a company that understands the requirements for every cargo it ships. Every part of the distribution environment must be comprehended in order for safety standards to be met.

The tools for the job

As important as the meticulous planning that must go into every shipment is having the right equipment to get hazardous cargoes from A to B, especially when international transportation is needed. Aside from possessing the right expertise in operating the equipment, it is vital that a shipping provider can call upon reefers, dry vans and isotanks when needed, to ensure that cargoes are carried in the correct manner.

An experienced team

It might be said that the personnel involved with the shipping of hazardous cargoes around the Mediterranean islands, including Malta and neighbouring Gozo, are just as important as the strict adherence to the procedure itself. Working with a shipping provider that invests heavily in training, as well as team members with the right experience in the area of hazardous cargoes, at both front line and managerial level, is imperative.

Constant communication

Should the nature of a cargo change, or any part of the information attached to it, you must alert your shipping provider as soon as possible. Similarly, the best shipping providers will have a responsive client service function that can deal with any questions or queries on the cargo; prior to, during, and following, its arrival at a destination.