What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous Goods are substances or materials that pose a risk to health, safety and the environment during com-mercial transportation. 


These substances come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from recognizable commodities like gasoline and diesel, to less-obvious, everyday objects like cell phones or laptop batteries. 

My cell phone is a Dangerous Good?

Yes. Your cell phone, like many electronics, is powered by a lithium-ion battery which gives it the ability to re-charge through electricity.  Although there are international standards and regulations in place to ensure safe manufacturing, lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to heat and have a potential risk of combustion. 


Swire’s Dangerous Goods Desk is made up of industry experts who work closely with customers to share help explain the rules and regulations required for the safe handling and shipment of your cargo and address any con-cerns you may have . 

A World Leading Shipping and Logistics Company

Our values are the beating heart of our business. They are the cornerstone of our company, shaping our culture and establishing our future direction. We create solutions designed to work together. We simply work better that way. 


Our purpose is to enrich lives through connecting our customers and communities. We hold ourselves to high professional standards and conduct, recognising that our customers, partners and staff deserve the best

At Swire Shipping, we accept cargo from all nine classes of Dangerous Goods as defined by the United Nations Model Regulations. These include:

Class 1: Explosives

Class 2: Gases

Class 3: Flammable Liquids

Class 4: Flammable and Combustible Solids

Class 5: Oxidizing Substances & Peroxides

Class 6: Toxic and Infectious Substances

Class 7: Radioactive Material

Class 8:Corrosive Substances

Class 9: Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances

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Swire Shipping can assist you with a range of Dangerous Goods related services including; classification and packaging, special transportation requirements, or compliance. Swire Shipping carries a wide range of commodities such as:

  • Petroleum products: gasoline, methane, acetylene and fuel oil
  •  Industrial chemicals: xanthates, hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid
  • Industrial supplies: lubricants and paint
  • Explosives and fireworks     
  • Mining equipment with radioactive components
  • Ammonium nitrate based Fertilizers
  • Industrial goods: machinery and generators with fuel
  • Consumer products: Aerosols, lighters, adhesives and cleaning agents 
  • Battery-powered equipment and vehicles 

With strong commitments to sustainability, Swire is looking to add renewable fuels to regular shipments, including Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) in ISO containers.  Talk to a local sales office to find out more.  

In-house management of complex and special logistics projects

Our team of dedicated transport consultants manage all aspects of your integrated logistics needs, so that you don’t have to worry about the complexities of moving oversized, over-mass or special cargo. Leave the heavy lifting to us.

Contract logistics for containerised and breakbulk cargo

We’ve been moving containerized and breakbulk cargo for close to 150 years. Our in-house operation of vessels and diverse delivery schedules provide customers with complete control of their supply chain regardless of the handling requirements.

Provision of heavy-haulage, handling and cargo lifting equipment

Swire Shipping has access to a range of handling equipment with advanced lifting capabili-ties across more than a third of our fleet. We’re here to make your life easier by provid-ing services and solutions that meet the needs of your project.

Transport concept drawings and simulations

Need to visualize your land transportation moves? Our qualified transport consultants can simu-late or provide concept drawings of your route, allowing you to see every leg of your supply chain before going live.

Transport management plans

Transportation should be simple. With Swire, it is. Our extensive network of trusted partners in the trucking, rail and barge sectors allow us to add efficiencies in your supply chain that save you time and effort.

Route and site surveys

With a long history of operating in the Pacific, we know the region by heart. Combined with the local expertise from agents around the world, our route and site surveys can enhance the safety and reliability of your supply chain.

Critical move supervision

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with them to meet all lo-gistical needs:, from pre-shipment analysis and planning to critical move supervision, we’re there every step of the way.

Project-specific biosecurity management

We understand the importance of mitigating risks associated with pests and disease. Our team ensure your shipments are safe with custom Biosecurity Management Plans.

Supply of shipper-owned and modified shipping containers

No need to lease or purchase your own containers. Our in-house container supply is a fast and convenient way to simplify the shipping process and save you time.

At Swire Shipping our biggest priority is your needs

We aim to save our customer’s time by providing innovative, door-to-door solutions that optimize their supply chains. Through a dedicated safety culture and ongoing drive for innovation, our team has the capability and experience to handle a wide-range of cargoes with ease and efficiency. 

Have a special project that doesn’t meet the standards of traditional ocean or land transportation?

Need to complete the supply chain of your seafood company by connecting catch to consumer?

Tell us what you need and we’ll deliver.


Why Choose Us as your Partner?

Swire Shipping is a one-stop service for all of your integrated logistics and storage needs.

Complete coordination of your transport needs from marine dock to distribution centre (DC). Whether via train, truck, or barge, our extensive network of integrated logistics operators add options and flexibility to your supply chain.

Complete coordination of your transport needs from marine dock to distribution centre (DC). Whether via train, truck, or barge, our extensive network of integrated logistics operators add options and flexibility to your supply chain.

Complete coordination of your transport needs from marine dock to distribution centre (DC). Whether via train, truck, or barge, our extensive network of integrated logistics operators add options and flexibility to your supply chain.

Complete coordination of your transport needs from marine dock to distribution centre (DC). Whether via train, truck, or barge, our extensive network of integrated logistics operators add options and flexibility to your supply chain.