Best Practices for Chemical Logistics

If you want to safely transport and store dangerous goods, such as those used in the chemical industry, it is important to be aware of the international agreements and regulations that must be followed, how to avoid any potential hazards during transportation or storage and running best practices for moving chemicals both on and off-site. Dangerous goods are subject to transport, workplace, storage, consumer, and environmental protection regulations to prevent accidents to persons, property, the environment, other goods, or the means of transport. 

Transportation of dangerous goods by road is regulated by European agreements - International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) and by Road (ADR). Our experienced staff keeps up with all regulatory updates, ensuring we govern the carriage of dangerous goods by road, rail, sea, and air obligations in the best possible way to ensure safety and reduce risk. We keep up with all regulatory updates, ensuring we govern the carriage of dangerous goods by road, rail, sea, and air obligations in the best possible way to ensure safety and reduce risk.

Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals

Knowing the regulatory frameworks for the transportation of dangerous goods such as chemicals is however just the first step.  If not handled properly, transporting hazardous chemicals can be a risk to people, communities, and the environment. Knowing the hazards associated with chemical transportation, and knowing which hazards are associated with transportation both on- and off-site, one must incorporate best practices to reduce the risk of any chemical incidents.

Safety first

Ahlers has a team of dedicated experts thanks to our chemical knowledge centers, working closely with our customers around the world. They understand the complexity of chemical logistics and special transportation and handling techniques required to keep the chemicals safe during their journey through the supply chain.  Our employees have been trained in handling chemicals in the right manner. They are trained in a specific training center, receive special certificates for loading and unloading operations, and require recurrent mandatory training every three years. This goes hand in hand with our customers’ safety experts.

Warehouse Management System

As we are already pointed out, the chemical industry has little flexibility when it comes to compliance, hence, our WMS system provides regulatory-compliant, rules-based warehouse automation to handle chemical logistics, including all classes of hazardous materials.

All our processes are within our in-house developed WMS systems, open for integration and interfacing while being more flexible than any off-the-shelf product.  

Careful Handling

For more than 10 years, the Ahlers team has built extensive experience in handling dangerous goods. We ensure that the dangerous goods warning labels are placed correctly on the exterior packaging of the substance and are visible and intact throughout the life of the product.

Customs Clearance

You need to think about your chemical compliance obligations, the values, the weights and volumes determining import duties and taxes, the correct documents, and the information needed for customs clearance. In your choice of a reliable logistical provider that can make the importation and deliver the imported chemical products to their end destination.

We advise you on the mitigation of customs risks. Our management procedures and best practices put in place, based on years of experience, help you provide the necessary information addressing movements or consignments which present a risk. Also, the anticipation of value discussions and other critical preparation make a difference on a daily basis.

International Forwarding

Ahlers provides a full range of logistics solutions and international forwarding of chemical products. We offer your desired modal solution (air, water, rail, and road) and are more than just a classic forwarder, offering tailor-made solutions with adjacent services all under one roof.

In fact warehousing, storage, handling, and transportation of chemical goods is a package of services that requires the correct documentation, correct labeling, solid packaging, the right classification, and a meticulous overview of operational requirements.

Our dedicated team prepares every part of the transport, import, and export requirements of chemical products, from sourcing locations all the way to their final destination.  They provide instant clarity and visibility with up-to-date information you can count on, allowing you to stay on top of costs. Finally, your cargo must remain safe and secure every single step of the way.