Cargo Classification, Declarations & Surcharge info

Your cargo may be subject to various regulations or classifications that are applied around the globe. Failure to declare such goods and to not abide by all the correct procedures and documentation requirements could lead to significant surcharges. It can also cause big delays, cancellations, the holding of goods or even the goods being destroyed. 

If you have cargo that requiress shipping but are unsure about whether the above applies to your goods, one of our staff will be happy to advise you.

Please see more information below.

Hazardous & Dangerous Goods.

Any goods that are classified as Hazardous must be declared by the manufacturer as well as the shipper. The correct documentation will need to be prepared and the correct channels used for shipment. Such goods that are deemed as Hazardous/Dangerous include vehicles or machinery containing fuel or other flammable liquids. Large batteries, aerosol cans or containers.

We can provide DGNs (Dangerous Goods Notes) for UK exports upon request. We can also advise on reliable bespoke wooden containers which are often required when shipping such goods.

Non-Stack Cargo

Any cargo deemed as non-stack while not having been declared before receipt will likely incur a substantial surcharge. This issue is quite common when shipping goods with courier services like DHL, UPS or Fed Ex.  In order for goods to be deemed ‘stackable’ goods must be securely packed in regular shaped boxes, flat loadable surfaces with no protruding items. Again, if you would like to be advised on whether your goods need to be classed as "Non-Stack" or not, please contact one of our staff.






















WPM ISMP15 Certification (Wood Packing Material)

Many countries around the globe require packing materials to be of a certain standard and in particular wooden packing materials usually must be heat treated to prevent pest infestation and must be stampped with ISMP15 classification. 

While there is currently no legal requirement to provide a WPM declaration document for goods moving between the UK & EU, some carriers may require one from the shipper to ensure that the goods being collected are not packed with untreated wood which could lead to potential problems and costs on their route.


Since January 1st 2022 regulations state that all wooden packing shipped between the UK and the EU must be heat treated in compliance with ISMP15 Certification. Pallets, Crates or any other wooden packing must have a ISMP15 stamp visible.

Any wood that is less than 6mm in thickness is exempt. Also, plywood, particleboard, Veneer, Sawdust, Wood Shavings, Wood Wool or components permanently attached to freight vehicles or containers is classed as exempt and therefore will not need to be stamped.

Non-Stackable Cargo