MSDS

For any Dangerous goods via Air Shipment

Often when you face an issue shipping out your dangerous good packages using vPost via Air Shipment.

We will reach out to you that you need to obtain MSDS form from the merchants in order to ship out your packages.

One of the questions you may have, what is MSDS and why is it important?

What is MSDS?

Essentially, it stands for Material Safety Data Sheet.

The purpose of the MSDS is to provide elaborate data about

  • 1. The physical and chemical properties of the cargo like the three main points such as flash, boiling and melting points
  • 2. The nature of the cargo indicating its toxicity
  • 3. Effects on one’s health
  • 4. The first aid that needs to be administered in case of adverse contact
  • 5. Possible reactions
  • 6. Methods of storage
  • 7. Methods of disposal
  • 8. Protective equipment to be used by people that come in contact with the material
  • 9. Spill-handling procedures

Why is it important?

It provides guidance in handling the commodity and the properties and composition of the item in question.

This is of vital importance to any Hazardous desk of any shipping line for them to consider accepting this cargo for loading on their ships.

A copy of this MSDS could also be placed on board the ship for the use of the cargo officer.

This MSDS should normally be produced by the actual shipper (manufacturer) of the cargo as they would have all the detailed information relating to the product.

The MSDS is the responsibility or the Manufacturer who should provide the tested results in the proper format. The seller ‘should’ pass these details to the shipper / consignor.

This MSDS may serve as a reference for all future handling or re-handling of the dangerous goods even if they are no longer the ‘property’ of the manufacturer.

However, one major point to note that MSDS is not required or created for hazardous goods alone.

You can view an example of the MSDS here.

So with the above information, should you be buying items that fall under Dangerous Goods and you wish to use vPost service to ship back to Singapore. You need to get ready this documentation from your respective merchant.

What if you can’t obtain MSDS form from your merchant?

If you are unable to obtain this from your online merchants, you may choose to return or redirect to the merchant or any overseas country domestic address.

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