Holidays & Hazmat: How DG Shipping Will be Affected This Holiday Season

DG shipping interruptions have the potential to wreak havoc on everyone’s holiday season if logistical procedures and regulations are not handled properly. This is especially true since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Supply chain interruptions can snowball into major headaches for consumers of pretty much all of our everyday goods. Many people don’t realize just how many holiday items require DG shipping, and what a broken supply chain could do to some of our everyday gifts, decorations, and tools.

Supply Chain Logistics and COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic essentially throttled the world to a halt, getting back to normal has been no easy feat. From a supply chain perspective, this has certainly been the case. Businesses have struggled with DG shipping because of a variety of reasons, including skilled labor shortages and backups at major global ports. DG shipping is something that must be done with absolute attention to detail and is legally required to be completed only after comprehensive training. The global economy, infrastructure, and even human lives depend on it.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for DG transportation standards, and we want businesses working in DG shipment compliance to take note. Education in this space is crucial not only to getting the supply chain back on track but keeping it on track moving forward. No one wants their holidays ruined and our goal is to educate those who can help to turn the corner on supply chain logistical issues.

DG Shipping During the Holiday Season

As we get closer and closer to the holiday season, it’s important to be prepared for the inevitable. Supply Chains are already experiecing setbacks, and it is now more important than ever to correct these setbacks in order to keep things running smoothly. Preparing for the holiday season, from a logistics perspective, means training new labor forces for handling DG transportation.

Let’s talk more about DG shipping and how it can affect the supply chain during this time of year. There are some things we take for granted: having a lighter on hand at all times, not worrying if our food will stay warm enough with an appropriate heating device (such as Sterno), or being able to decorate Christmas trees without running out of lithium batteries for our favorite decorations. DG tools such as drills containing lithium batteries have been so integral in everyday life that they’re being used constantly, holidays or not.

Dangerous goods can be found in homes, businesses, hospitals, and airports. DG compliant companies keep us safe from dangerous goods when they transport them in commerce via ground, air, and ocean. They are a crucial part of the greater supply chain, and part of what keeps our country going in our day-to-day lives.

Here are a few tips for how you can prepare your supply chain for this year’s DG challenges:

  • Make sure you have all the necessary documentation for transporting DG shipments.
  • Familiarize yourself with what substances are prohibited by your carriers.
  • Find out which Hazmat training courses will help keep your team compliant and our transportation system safe.

You can never be too prepared regarding the transportation and handling of dangerous goods. DG shipping can be complicated, and that’s why Hazmat University is here to help you navigate through the process. Making sure that your employees have access to the proper training courses will not only prevent incidents, but it will help you to avoid serious fines and penalties as well. DG shipping doesn’t have to be difficult if you just know what needs to be prepared ahead of time.

Hazmat University: Empowering DG Shippers During the Holiday Season

Hazmat University is the leading online hazmat and transportation training service that provides specialized courses to those who need them. Our course offerings include air, ground, and vessel, multimodal training, and specialty courses dedicated to shipping lithium batteries and limited quantities.  

Don’t wait any longer to get educated about DG shipping and other hazmat compliance requirements. Get a thorough, efficient, and effective education from any of the compliant courses offered by Hazmat University. You may even be able to save someone’s holiday season in the process. 

To learn more, contact us here and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Sign up for a course today through Hazmat University, where we can help you to be confident, be competent, and be compliant!