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Understanding Hazmat and Dangerous Goods



Many of the goods we all use on a regular basis pose dangers when being transported, especially on aircraft. For example, lithium batteries, dry ice, and aerosol whipped cream are considered dangerous goods. These products seem harmless at first glance, but when transported by air they can be very dangerous. Vibrations, static electricity, temperature, and pressure variations can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes, start a fire, or even explode if handled improperly. 


The United States Department of Transportation has a system of classifying dangerous goods based on the product’s specific chemical and physical properties. Dangerous goods are categorized into nine hazard classes that describe different types of risks. For example, Class 3 includes flammable liquids and Class 8 includes corrosive materials. It is always the responsibility of the shipper to confirm the hazard classification and correctly pack it according to federal regulation. The Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Table provides additional details about specific dangerous goods.


Ameriflight is authorized to carry all classes of dangerous goods, with the exception of poison gas (Hazard Class 2.3).

The two most common materials Ameriflight carries are hazmat class 7 and 9.


What to expect when shipping hazmat with Ameriflight

Ameriflight’s Safety Department includes hazmat specialists with over 20 years of air transport experience. Here is what you can expect when you book a hazmat shipment with us:

👉 Prior to final booking, we will work with you to ensure regulatory compliance. To that end, you will be asked to provide a copy of the intended paperwork. This document will be reviewed for accuracy and compliance by our team.

Some things we look for are:

👉 Our flight crews are hazmat trained and certified. They are expecting your hazmat cargo and are equipped with a compliance checklist to check your shipment once it arrives. If any discrepancies are discovered, they have immediate access to our hazmat specialists who will work quickly with you to resolve the issue.

If you’re in need of transportation for your hazmat cargo, we can personally guide you through the process in order to ensure compliance. Our in-house safety team is ready and available should you have any questions in regard to following the regulations for shipping dangerous goods via aircraft.




Common errors when shipping hazmat with Ameriflight

Some of the most common paperwork errors we come across include:


Helpful Hazmat Links

SafeCargo for Shippers & E-Commerce | Federal Aviation Administration ( 

What are Dangerous Goods? | Federal Aviation Administration ( 

DOT Hazardous Matters Newsletter 

Hazmat Table 



Now that you know all there is to know about shipping hazmat, what are you waiting for?

Book your on-demand cargo charter today!