Hazchem Shipping Guide

Hazchem Shipping Guide

Here at YDL, we are proud to be a member of the Hazchem Network. The Hazchem network is the only pallet network solely dedicated to chemicals, incorporating some of the biggest names in UK hazardous goods. But what is Hazchem shipping? In this post, we’ll walk you through what Hazchem shipping is and how we comply.

What is Hazchem shipping?

Common Hazchem shipping is known as ADR shipping. ADR, short for Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road), is a UNECE regulation covering the shipment of hazardous materials. The main aspects of the regulation one must comply with are Annexes A and B. ‘A’ covers the overall packaging of a hazardous good, including its container and labelling. ‘B’ covers the vehicle of transportation, including its construction and operation. These annexes are updated frequently to ensure the safety of Hazchem transport is constantly improved and maintained.

What do ADR regulations cover?

Since it entered into force in 1968, ADR shipping has grown and adapted to cover a multitude of materials. These materials are divided into certain classes. These are as follows:

  • Class 1 Explosive substances and articles, includes:
    • Mass Explosion Hazards (e.g Dynamite, Nitroglycerine, etc.)
    • Minor Fire/Projection Hazards (e.g. Ammunition, fireworks, etc.)

And more

  • Class 2 Gases, includes:
    • Flammable gases (e.g. butane, propane, acetylene)
    • Non-flammable and non-toxic, likely to cause asphyxiation (e.g. nitrogen, CO2) or oxidisers (e.g. oxygen)
    • Toxic (e.g. chlorine, phosgene)
  • Class 3 Flammable liquids, includes:
    • Acetone
    • Paints
    • Gasoline
    • Perfume
    • Any liquid with a flashpoint <60° Celsius
  • Class 4.1 Flammable solids, self-reactive substances, and solid desensitized explosives includes:
    • Safety matches
    • Magnesium

And more

  • Class 4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion, includes:
    • White phosphorus
    • Aluminium alkyls

And more

  • Class 4.3 Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases, includes:
    • Sodium
    • Calcium
    • Potassium
    • Calcium Carbide

And more

  • Class 5.1 Oxidizing substances, includes:
    • Calcium hypochlorite
    • Ammonium nitrate
    • Hydrogen peroxide

And more

  • Class 5.2 Organic peroxides, includes:
    • Hydroperoxides
    • Peroxy acids
    • Diacyl peroxides

And more

  • Class 6.1 Toxic substances which could cause death or serious injury to human health if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed via the skin
    • Potassium cyanide
    • Mercuric oxide

And more

  • Class 6.2 Infectious substances
    • Virus cultures
    • Used needles
    • Pathology specimens

And more

  • Class 7 Radioactive material, including substances or combinations of substances which emit ionizing radiation, including:
    • Uranium
    • Plutonium

And more

  • Class 8 Corrosive substances that can severely corrode certain metals and/or dissolve organic tissue, including:
    • Sulfuric acid
    • Hydrochloric acid
    • Potassium hydroxide
    • Sodium hydroxide

And more

  • Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles that do not fall into a prior category
    • Asbestos
    • Air-bag inflators
    • Dry ice

And more


Each hazardous material has its own defined symbol that must be shown on the front and rear of any vehicle transporting Hazchem materials, and on all four sides of a freight container. The 100mm labels must also be displayed on the proper packaging of the hazardous materials.


We hope this guide has helped introduce you to the basics of Hazchem shipping. For the best Hazchem shipping, including ADR-compliant: Time Critical, International and Next Working Day Shipping trust us at YDL today.


Why you can depend on YDL, a UK based haulage company?

Whatever you’re sending, whether it’s a pallet or a parcel, you want to be sure that it reaches its destination in a safe pair of hands. Our parcel network, APC, has over a 99% on-time delivery record. This is just one of the reasons we are Yorkshire and the North East’s leading independent carriers of parcels and freight.

We want you to be confident when you choose YDL that your parcel will be “Handled with Care, by People that Care.” That’s also why we work with TPN, the premier pallet network in the UK, and which is why we are confident that whatever you are shipping, it will be safe with us.

If we can help, we want to. That’s why, in additional to shipping and delivery, we can offer a wide variety of different services. This includes international, haulage, same day, warehousing storage and fulfilment. Internationally, we can offer tracked services by road and air worldwide, and this can be anything from personal possessions. In addition to the network services we can offer, as a company we aim to provide you with the complete logistics solutions. This is why we offer same day, haulage and warehousing for our existing customers.

Our ideology is that if we concentrate on what we do well, you will have time to do what you do well. We will take care of your transportation and storage needs, so you can focus on the additional business, whether your shipping is personal or professional. YDL has more than 200,00 sq foot of warehousing, so if you require storage as part of the process, then we are more than happy to provide that.

Why are we so reliable?

We have access to APC overnight tracking to give you peace of mind. APC are the largest independent parcel tracking service in the UK, and have access to 115 depots around the country, meaning that you can rest assured your parcel will get from A to B safely, securely and, just as importantly, quickly. APC tracking allows you to check the status of your parcel so you can keep your family or colleagues updated about its progress and you can ensure you feel confident and where and where your delivery will take place at every stage of the journey.

As you might expect, YDL are 100% compliant with an ADR fleet, DGSA certification, and HERS back up. We can provide a range of services and accommodate your needs. We understand that your requirements are individual to you and your shipping, so we will do what we can to support you with whatever you need.

We are happy to be on hand for any questions you might have – it’s not just for the deliveries we pride ourselves with outstanding customer service. You can speak to one of our friendly, professional team who are all experts in everything delivery and packing-related and will be able to answer any of your questions. Choose YDL, and you can be confident that your delivery is in the hands of people that care.


How to choose the perfect courier

Choosing a courier is an important decision now, with the popularity of online shopping it’s not uncommon, to buy an item online and ship it to an address of your choice. Sure, there might be hundreds of solutions available, yet you can’t take any risks because you want to ensure your package reaches you quickly without any flaws. Therefore, you require only the best parcel and pallet couriers in the UK as their services are superior and reliable.

If you aren’t sure what features to look for, here are our top tips.

A Range Of Services

Sticking to the basics might be an excellent way to deal with individual and corporate freight, yet it’s not feasible. You don’t always have days to wait for a parcel to arrive. Think about Christmas when you have to buy presents to a deadline – a three-day standard service just won’t cut the mustard. Therefore, it’s essential to search for a courier that provides a wide range of solutions to suit your needs. At YDL, we deal with everything from parcels to pallets to boxed freights to meet your specifications. Deliveries are also available overseas as well as across the United Kingdom.

Customer Satisfaction

Of course, offering services doesn’t mean anything unless they are high-quality. Thankfully, it’s easy to spot couriers that don’t take their responsibilities seriously as previous customers will gladly rank their experiences. Anything under four stars is a service that requires tweaking and should be avoided. Our APC Overnight parcel network consistently achieves a 99.8% rating, which proves that we follow through. When we say that our motto is “Handled with Care – by People that Care,” our customer satisfaction rating proves we are right. Why would they say otherwise? They are unbiased sources giving their honest opinions.

Punctuality & Culpability

There is no time for mistakes for couriers because customers have tight deadlines that they need to hit. As a result, we are the same. That’s why we have a selection of time-based solutions that are designed to ensure you have an option, regardless of how quickly you want your package. If delivery is time-critical, you can pick from our time-specific, before noon, or next working day options. Plus, there is added culpability thanks to our tracking technology. With tracking software, customers can check the location of their package to ensure it’s where it is supposed to be and not stuck in the supply chain.

Depot Density

Last but not least, it’s vital that you consider the number of depots the courier has across several locations. Why is this important? It’s essential because the closer the depot, the less the parcel has to travel to reach its destination. As a result, the courier can keep waiting times low. This is one reason we are incredibly proud to be part of the TPN pallet network. Membership means that we boast more than 100 depots throughout the whole of the UK, enhancing our ability to deliver on time and to spec.

How do you choose the perfect courier? You do it by valuing the services on offer and researching the provider’s customer satisfaction rating.

How logistic delivery services can help your business

If you are a business owner that needs to get products to your customers, and you need to do so as quickly as possible, hiring a logistics company is the obvious solution. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the benefits that are associated with this in further depth so that you can understand the true value associated with a logistics delivery service.

Benefit from the expertise of logistics experts

There is only one place to begin when it comes to the benefits that are associated with this type of service, and this is that you are going to get the expertise of a logistics company that truly understands the UK market. They will know the different shipping options that are able, and therefore, the best way to go about shipping your goods. They will also know about legislation and any potential hurdles that could get in the way. This is the sort of knowledge that you may not have in-house.

Scale back on costs

You will be surprised by how much money you could save if you go for a logistics company. You may assume that this is going to cost more. However, if you handle everything yourself, you could end up shipping items via an expensive route and spending more than is required, which will drive up the cost of your product. This is why it is imperative to team up with industry experts so that you can always ship your items in the most efficient manner.

Saving time

Another reason to consider using a logistic delivery service is because you will save time. Time can be a key part of the equation when you are shipping goods abroad or within the UK. There are many factors that come into play here; from your final destination to the type of product that you are shipping. An experienced logistics business is going to know all about shipping products to different locations, as well as the regulations and laws that are governing these places. You can save your business considerable time if you do things first the right time around, which is what you will be able to achieve with the help and assistance of a logistics delivery company.

Focus on day-to-day operations

With an experienced logistics company by your side, you can focus on the day-to-day operations of your company. You can dedicate your time to sales, marketing, and product development, rather than worrying about how you are going to get your items from one place to another. If you do not seek the assistance of a logistics company, you are going to lose a lot of time, which could have been spent on your core business activities.

As you can see, there are many benefits that are associated with hiring a logistics delivery company. If you are looking to take your business to the next level, this is the sort of service that you should definitely be interested in.

Why is it important to have a logistics strategy?

If you are running a UK haulage company that is set up to deliver a product to your customers, then you’ve got to make sure you have a logistics strategy. However, there is more than just looking at transporting and warehousing products to consider with logistics. Without one, you could find your business struggling to keep up with the demand. In this article, we are going to be looking at why it is important to have one of these, as well as what they are. Keep reading if you want to find out more.

What Is a Logistics Strategy?

A logistics strategy is a set of guiding principles, driving forces, and attitudes that will help you to coordinate your plans, goals, and policies between the people involved in a supply chain. To put it simply, it is going to be there to help your business perform in the best possible way. It is a plan that is adaptable and amenable to deal with shifts in trends while being rigid enough that everyone knows what they need to do. Having a logistics strategy essentially helps everyone to get on the same page in the supply chain and keep everything moving along nicely.

Why Is It So Important?

Ensuring high performance on your supply chain is going to be important to ensure that you see the results you are looking for, and that is where the logistics strategy comes in. You’ve got to make sure that you can adapt to the flexibility and complexity of the supply chain, and that is why having a plan that can be adapted is going to be the best thing for you. If you don’t do this, your whole process could fall apart, and then your business is going to be ground to a halt while you figure out what to do next.

For this reason, it is important that you have some kind of logistics strategy set up for your business. You want things to run smoothly, you want to ensure that you are getting the best out of your business, and you want the highest profit margin possible. This won’t be possible without a strategy on your side.

Looking at Third Parties

Something that you can do is look at a third party to help with your logistics. For example, YDL is unique as they are an independent carrier for all types of freight that is always handled with the utmost care. Being able to offer companies high specification 3rd party logistics warehouse, handling, storage, and fulfilment services makes YDL one of the top choices on the market right now. The parcel network consistently achieves a 99.8% delivered on-time service, and it partnered with TPN, which is the premier pallet network in the UK. Once you have a logistics plan in place, a company like this can take over all the heavy lifting for you.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now know why it is so important to have a logistics strategy.

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Keep Calm and Keep Exporting…

As Brexit looms and negotiations remain unclear, YDL have put together some tips to help ensure that all importing and exporting can continue in the most efficient way possible. There are 3 practical steps that can be taken at this point to prepare:
– Get an EORI number issued by the UK if you do not already have one. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to apply at gov.uk and by searching ‘EORI’ in the search bar.
– Establish your customs commodity codes for each product you import or export from the UK. Go the following website – https://www.tariffnumber.com and search for your precise product.
Customs Duty: It may also be worth looking into any customs duty which may be payable on non E.U imports. Using the code you just found above. Visit the below website, change to country to USA or Australia and hit retrieve measures:
For further info or network specific advice please contact our Sales Team.

Did You Know..?

1. Our Pallet network; TPN won the prestigious ‘Pallet Network of the year’ at the FTA Multimodal Awards?
2. Our whole network is ISO 9001 accredited?
3. We have just launched a European pallet network service? Can your carrier offer the same? contact our sales Team for more info…

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