Properly Labeling your Drums for Shipping 

It is important to label the drum properly before sending it through your courier. First, make sure that the drum is properly labeled according to your country’s shipping and transport regulations. Next, make sure that the drum does not contain any flammable material. If possible, cover the drum with a tarp or other material that will prevent the contents from leaking out. 

Do not ship a drum that is leaking. If possible, put a rubber gasket around the lid to prevent a leak. If a leak does occur, decontaminate the area and properly dispose of the drum. 

Pack the drum in a wooden or metal crate or crate substitute. Make sure that the drum is secure in the crate during shipping and delivery. Secure the drum in the crate with bolts, steel straps, or metal strapping. Use a forklift to move the drum and crate to the shipping area.

There are some things that are required to be done when shipping drums via courier out of state. If you are sending them out of state you must have some sort of drum label on them. You can get these labels from most of the major drum manufacturers or you can also ask your courier service provider. 

The label should be placed on the outer drum and not on the lid. The label should contain the following delivery information: 

The name, postal address and telephone number of the manufacturer, packer or seller. 

The net contents of the drum in gallons. 

The following statement: 

“This container may be moved only by mechanical means.” 

The words “Do not stack while in transit.” 

Any special conditions that apply to the transport of the drum you are sending for delivery. For example, the drum must be secured to the pallet or fork lift truck. 

If you ship a drum with a gas in it you will have to do a little more work. If you are transporting a drum that has an inert gas in it, the following precautions must be taken: 

The drum must be in a packaging that is compatible with the gas that is inside. 

The packaging must be marked with the proper shipping name of the gas. 

The drum must be labeled with the following delivery information: 

The name, postal address and telephone number of the manufacturer, packer or seller. 

The net contents of the drum in gallons. 

The following statement: 

“This container may be moved only by mechanical means.” 

The words “Do not stack while in transit.” 

Any special conditions that apply to the transport of the drum. 

For example, the drum must be secured to the pallet or fork lift truck. 

If you are sending a drum with a flammable gas in it you will have to do a few extra things. When sending a drum that has a flammable liquid or gas in it, the following precautions must be taken: 

The drum must be in a packaging that is compatible with the liquid or gas that is inside. 

The packaging must be marked with the proper shipping name of the liquid or gas. 

The drum must be labeled with the following delivery information: 

The name, postal address and telephone number of the manufacturer, packer or seller. 

The net contents of the drum in gallons. 

The following statement: 

“This container may be moved only by mechanical means.” 

The words “Do not stack while in transit.” 

Any special conditions that apply to the transport of the drum. 

  For example, the drum must be secured to the pallet or fork lift truck. 

You can always visit Fast Courier for more information on sending your drum shipment and for the fastest online courier quote comparisons and bookings in Australia.

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