Rules for ship­pers to mit­i­gate risks

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The first step is to un­der­stand the char­ac­ter­is­tics and prop­er­ties of the prod­uct. Then, the next step is to de­velop a cor­rect chem­i­cal anal­y­sis re­port based on which an au­then­tic ma­te­rial safety datasheet can be cre­ated, and not pick some­thing up from the In­ter­net. Ap­pro­pri­ate prac­tices should be adopted for pack­ag­ing and trans­porta­tion of dan­ger­ous goods in line with in­ter­na­tional and na­tional reg­u­la­tions. En­sure train­ing of all per­son­nel in­volved in the lo­gis­tics of trans­port­ing dan­ger­ous goods. Lithium bat­ter­ies are of two types- ion and metal bat­ter­ies. Of th­ese two, metal bat­ter­ies are in the high-risk cat­e­gory, be­cause they have been found to catch fire more of­ten. There­fore, it is likely that lithium metal bat­ter­ies will be for­bid­den for car­riage on board pas­sen­ger air­craft as cargo.

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