Banned Items for Transportation – All Services

  1. Currency: Transferring of currency in any form is not allowed
  2. Bullion: Precious metals in bulk form is known as bullion, and are traded on commodity market. These metals can be casted in form of ingots or minted into coins. Bullion is not allowed to be transferred.
  3. Indian Postal Articles: Indian Postal Articles like letters, cards, postal stamps, postal orders etc are not allowed to be moved from one location to the other by us.
  4. Illegal Drugs/Narcotics: These items are banned and cannot be transported in any scenario.
  5. Liquids and Semi Liquids: These materials are banned so as to safeguard other shipments. Other shipments should not get spoiled just because of liquid or semi liquid products. If it is urgent to book the shipment then it can be done by approval from HB&O and RMG head(HO).
  6. Philately items: Philately is study of stamps and related items. Stamp sending through transportation is banned.
  7. Ammunition: The materials like gunpowder and artillery is banned from transportation.
  8. Pornography: Pornographic and related material are not allowed for transportation.
  9. Precious and Semi-precious items: If a material value is > Rs 6000/- per kg or Docket value greater than Rs 50,00,000/- then it is classified as precious material. We are not allowed to transport this kind of material. If urgency is there then an approval of CBCO (HO) is required.
  10. Radioactive Material: Radioactive materials are not allowed to be transported as these might lead to health disaster if not proper packing is done.
  11. Commodities banned by Law at any given time without prior notice

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods, also called hazardous materials (“HazMat”), are solids, liquids, or gases that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. They are often subject to chemical regulations. Dangerous goods include materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive or corrosive, oxidizers or asphyxiants, biohazardous, toxic, pathogen or allergen substances and organisms, but also physical conditions as compressed gases and liquids or hot material, including all goods containing such materials or chemicals, or may have other characteristics that render it hazardous in specific circumstances. The colours of each diamond in a way has reference to its hazard ie: Flammable = red, Explosive = orange because mixing red (flammable) with yellow (oxidising agent) creates orange. Non Flammable Non Toxic Gas = green, due to all compressed air vessels being this colour in France after World War II, France being where the diamond system originated.

Mitigating the risks associated with hazardous materials may require the application of safety precautions during their transport, use, storage and disposal. Most countries regulate hazardous materials by law, and they are subject to several international treaties as well. In saying that, different countries may use different class diamonds for the same product.

Persons who handle dangerous goods will often wear protective equipment, and metropolitan fire departments often have a response team specifically trained to deal with accidents and spills. Persons who may come into contact with dangerous goods as part of their work are also often subject to monitoring or health surveillance to ensure that their exposure does not exceed occupational exposure limits.

Laws and regulations on the use and handling of hazardous materials may differ depending on the activity and status of the material. For example one set of requirements may apply to their use in the workplace while a different requirements may apply to spill response, sale for consumer use, or transportation. Most countries regulate some aspect of hazardous materials.

Classification of Dangerous Goods

Information on this graphic changes depending on which, “Division” of explosive is shipped. Explosive Dangerous Goods have compatibility group letters assigned to facilitate segregation during transport. The letters used range from A to S excluding the letters I, M, O, P, Q and R. The example above shows an explosive with a compatibility group “A” (shown as 1.1A). The actual letter shown would depend on the specific properties of the substance being transported.

Class 1: Explosives
  • Articles and substances having a mass explosion hazard
  • Articles and substances having a projection hazard
  • Articles and substances having a fire hazard and/or a minor blast hazard

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates hazmat transportation within the territory of the US.

Class 2: Gases
  • Flammable: Gases which ignite on contact with ignition source, like acetylene and hydrogen.
  • Non-Flammable: Gases which are neither flammable nor poisonous. Includes the cryogenic gases/liquids (temperatures of below -100°C) used for cryopreservation and rocket fuels, such as nitrogen and neon.
  • Poisonous: Gases liable to cause death or serious injury to human health if inhaled; examples are fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen cyanide.
Class 3: Flammable Liquids
  • Packing Group I, if they have an initial boiling point of 35°C or less at an absolute pressure of 101.3 kPa and any flash point, such as diethyl ether or carbon disulfide;
  • Packing Group II, if they have an initial boiling point greater than 35°C at an absolute pressure of
    101.3 kPa and a flash point less than 23°C, such as gasoline (petrol) and acetone; or
  • Packing Group III, if the criteria for inclusion in Packing Group I or II are not met, such as kerosene and diesel.
Class 4: Flammable Solids
  • Substances liable catch fire
  • Substances that are spontaneously combustible
  • Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
Class 5: Oxidizing Agents and Organic Peroxides
  • Oxidizing agents other than organic peroxides
  • Organic peroxides, either in liquid or solid form
Class 6: Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • 6.1a Toxic substances which are liable to cause death or serious injury to human health if inhaled, swallowed or by skin absorption
  • 6.1b Toxic substances which are harmful to human health
  • 6.2 Biohazardous substances; the World Health Organization (WHO) divides this class into two categories: Category A: Infectious; and Category B: Samples
Class 7: Radioactive Substances

Radioactive substances comprise substances or a combination of substances which emit ionizing radiation. Example- Uranium, Plutonium, etc.

Class 8: Corrosive Substances

Corrosive substances are substances that can dissolve organic tissue or severely corrode certain metals:

  • 8.1Acids: sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid
  • 8.2Alkalis: potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide
Class 9: Miscellaneous

Hazardous substances that do not fall into the other categories. Example: asbestos, air-bag inflators, self inflating life rafts, dry ice

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