Dangerous goods generally refer to all goods or substances that may pose a danger to health, safety, property or the environment during air transportation. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) classifies these dangerous goods into the following 9 categories：
Class 1, Explosives (not applicable)
Class 2, Gases
Class 3, Flammable liquids
Class 4, Flammable Solids, Substances Liable to Spontaneous Combustion; Substances which, inContact with Water, Emit Flammable Gases
Class 5, Oxidizing Substances, Organic Peroxides
Class 6, Toxic substances and infectious substances
Class 7, Radioactive Substances
Class 8, Corrosive Substances
Class 9, Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles
Hand sanitizers are classified as class 3 dangerous goods because they are mainly composed of alcohol and belong to flammable liquid.
As a logistics service provider carrying dangerous goods by air, we deeply realize that the export demand of hand sanitizer series products is gradually increasing in recent years, which has exceeded the consultation of masks, especially in Australia and Europe. In addition to the obvious role of hand sanitizer, there are also the following factors leading to the increase of demand:
1.At present, masks are basically only wearing by Chinese, but most foreigners do not. In addition, now everyone stays at home, so normal masks will not be able to meet the market demand soon. Of course, the gap of medical masks stock is also very large, but domestic manufacturers which meet the quality standards have been fully ordered by those famous overseas company in Europe and the United States, and there is no additional capacity, while hand sanitizer is required by the whole people, even after epidemic situation under control, High demand will continue for quite a long time.
2. The packaging of hand sanitizer needs blow molding process. This link is not a problem in China, but will be a problem for other countries, so there will be a long time to rely on importing, which will give more importers the opportunity to enter market. In addition, the overall production capacity is limited, and there is no qualification limit for sales of medical devices, so there will be no violent price shock and less risk.
Therefore, the question is, many people are still not clear about the air transportation of hand sanitizer. Werther the hand sanitizer products can be exported by air freight?
The answer is 'yes'， At present, several airports in China, such as Shanghai (PVG), Guangzhou (CAN) and Hong Kong (HKG), are mainly three major airports, which can carry this product, but the requirements of each airport will be different:
1. PVG / CAN airport requires commodity inspection and UN packing for shipment;
2. HKG airport, MSDS is required for shipment. Except to the U.S. shipments need UN packing, other European and Australian countries are not obligatory.
The above is the difference in airports requirements, and the most important is the price difference. Hong Kong airport has many freighters and rich experience in dangerous goods operation, and the price difference is around USD2-3/kg lower than Shanghai / Guangzhou on average, which is why many hand sanitizer businesses are looking for air transport agents that can undertake dangerous goods in Hong Kong through various channels recently. Airsupply international logistics is committed to the development of Hong Kong's air transport business. In Hong Kong, we have our own dangerous goods operation warehouse. with more than 10 years experienced staffs, we provide professional service to handle Dangerous Goods, to compile with the safety requirement under IATA DGR, under the supervision of our certificated staffs. Recently, we receive about 80 tons of hand sanitizer booking every day to each European main airport. Australia has opened three charter flights to Sydney on the 27th, 29th and 31st March,2020, as well as we will continue to maintain three charter flights per week schedule.