Most carriers operating on freight exchanges have encountered this situation. You find a quite good load, contact the forwarder and get the pasted formula: “1 food pallet, cannot go with ADR”. But are you sure that ADR cannot be transported with food? It turns out that there are such possibilities, and it’s simple!
What does the ADR agreement say about the transport of food
As a rule, the ADR Agreement allows the transport of ADR goods together with food. In some cases, it prescribes precautions for food, foodstuffs and animal feed. For information, see 7.5.4.
If in Table A, column 18, special provision CV 28 is indicated, transport with food is possible only when such goods are not in close proximity to food. This requirement applies mainly to goods labeled 6.1, 6.2 and 9 containing UNs. 2212, 2315, 2590, 3151, 3152 or 3245. This means that in the case of a multitude of dangerous goods, there are no restrictions on ADR transport with food at all.
How to understand the term “in close proximity”? Just “side by side”. This is evidenced by the methods that can be used to separate such a goods from food:
- continuous partitions not less than the height of packages marked with the aforementioned labels;
- packages that do not bear labels conforming to classes 6.1, 6.2, 9 or packages that bear labels conforming to class 9 but do not contain goods of UNs: 2212, 2315, 2590, 3151, 3152 or 3245 ; or
- a free space not less than 0.8 meter wide.
You decide which method to use. This provides a great deal of flexibility. Interestingly, neither of the above is necessary if the dangerous goods are packed in additional packaging or are covered with a tarpaulin, sheet, cardboard or other material.
When ADR cannot be transported with food
Such a situation can actually only take place when required by the client. Still, the ADR agreement has nothing to do with it (if we apply the previously described solutions). The client may be required to do so due to company standards. However, I imagine that when we meet such requirements set by a forwarding company, it may result from the ignorance of shippers. When someone is not sure what regulations to take into account, he proposes a more demanding solution. The truth is that the competition on the stock exchanges is so huge that this type of forwarding still has a lot to choose from.
Working as an international freight forwarder supervising drivers, as a rule I wrote back to forwarders that there is no such requirement in ADR. Shipping companies often explained with the client. On the other hand, I knew personally shippers who said they “heard that ADR is not allowed with food”. That is why they reliably told such stories to carriers.
When a freight forwarder has reliable knowledge in this area, it may turn out that he will be more competitive for his client. Training your team of freight forwarders can prove to be an effective method of improving their results. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with my DGSA consulting offer. I am happy to conduct training tailored to the specific requirements of the entrepreneur.
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