Temperature Controlled :
These items require a special temperature to be maintained during the shipping process that is not within the current normal weather temperature. Like frozen meat that should be in -18 C or some fresh vegetables that should be kept between 4-8 C., Some exporters chose to ship it as general cargo and do proper packing with dry ice to keep the desired temperature at all times. Other exporters would think of shipping it into an “entertainer” it’s a ULD (Unit Load Device) that is specialized with temperature-controlled cargo.
No matter which way they chose, the shipping label should be done properly for this one. At least there should be the shipment details label, temperature controllable showing the range that temperature should be kept within. If the exporter decided to ship cargo using dry ice. They should follow a certain limit of dry ice weight otherwise and a proper dry ice shipping label to be placed on the cargo. Otherwise, it will be considered as a dangerous cargo as well.
Hazardous and Dangerous Cargo:
There are several types of hazardous and dangerous items. In general, it is put under 9 classes :
Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gases
Class 3: Flammable and Combustible liquids
Class 4: Flammable solids
Class 5: Oxidizing substances
Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances
Class 7: Radioactive materials
Class 8: Corrosives
Class 9: Misc. hazardous materials
Of course, not all dangerous and hazardous items are allowed to be shipped by air freight, even less with passenger aircraft.
Each one of the above-mentioned classes follows its packing procedures and material. It also follows certain shipping label structures or types. Especially when moving on a passenger aircraft, hazardous and dangerous material are not something to take lightly.
Live Animals :
Shipping live animals is not a simple process. These animals are mostly dear pets to their owners and if not they are still souls that should be handled with care. Therefore, there are special procedures and shipping labels to follow with live animal shipments. It’s always recommended to keep the animal in a crate that is big enough for them to stretch their legs or move during the flight time. Price per kilogram or pound for these crates is different than the general cargo and also shipping labels have to indicate that there is a live animal inside and placed on all sides of the crate.
Human Remains, Organs, and Tissue samples :
In the unfortunate event of a death in a foreign country, the human body has to be taken back home. This, of course, has to go through very strict procedures to make sure respect is shown and the body arrives safely to its destination and loved ones.
The same sensitivity goes to shipping any organs or tissue samples. These items are very delicate and require special handling and packaging. Mainly dry ice will be required. It is also a must to have proper shipping labels placed on these shipments to make sure they are handled properly. Human remains, organs and tissue samples will have specialized shipping labels to explain what’s inside also, it will show in which direction the items should be held and placed. This is plus the basic ones that indicate the shipment details.