Safely and Securely Send Spares

Spares can be transported in the same way as goods. They are delivered as goods, for which the courier has a transport license. It is possible to transport spare parts on the basis of the carriage permit of the carrier.

Spares are normally transported by road. On some occasions, they can be delivered by rail. A large number of spare parts are transported by sea. Goods, like spares, are usually transported by road in strong wooden crates or strong cardboard boxes.

Spares can be classified as dangerous goods if they are flammable, explosive, toxic, corrosive or flammable. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t ship them, but they do need to be packaged correctly before sending. 

There are a few different ways of shipping dangerous goods, which is another topic that we’ll cover in the future. That being said, sending parts as dangerous goods is a common delivery practice, and is pretty easy to do.

It’s important to note that you do not have to ship spares as dangerous goods all the time. There are regular shipping documents for sending regular goods. But, if you ship spares as dangerous goods, you do have to meet certain requirements. 

You’ll need to fill out a shipping document, called a dangerous goods (DGR) shipping document. It’s like any other shipping document, except that it has special fields that require you to specify certain things about the goods you want to send. 

Properly filling out your paperwork is important when sending spares as dangerous goods. It’s your responsibility to ensure that any items you’re shipping are correctly packaged and labelled before delivery.

The key is knowing how to correctly label them. The two main rules are: 

  1. Spares must be properly packed in the right type of postage box 
  2. The box must be correctly labeled for posting

The type of box you pack the spares in depends on the class of the spare. The class of the item is shown on the label that comes with it. 

Postage tax and delivery surcharges

If you’re shipping a single large item, you don’t need to worry about this. But if you’re shipping several lots of individual spares, you’ll need to calculate the volumetric weight for each lot and then add them all together. 

The equation for the volumetric weight of your spares shipment depends on the courier service you choose for postage. However, it’s usually either L x W x H x 200 or L x W x H x 250. 

‘L’ is the length of the package, ‘W’ is its width, ‘H’ is its height and ‘200’ or ‘250’ is the ‘dimensional coefficient’. The dimensional coefficient depends on the courier service, but it’ll either be 200 or 250. In other words, the volumetric weight is calculated by multiplying the length by the width by the height by the dimensional coefficient.

For example, let’s say you’re shipping the following spares: 

Bonnet – 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 x 2.4kg = 2,400kg 

Boot lid – 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 x 2.4kg = 2,400kg 

Windscreen – 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 x 1.8kg = 1,800kg 

Total volumetric weight = 2,400 + 2,400 + 1,800 = 6,000kg 

If you’re shipping a single item, you’ll pay the volumetric weight charge in addition to the actual weight charge. If you’re shipping several items in the same postage consignment, you’ll only pay the volumetric weight charge once.

“What happens if I don’t factor in the volumetric weight charge?” 

If your load is overweight, you’ll be charged the higher of the following: 

the actual cost of the excess if it’s less than $100 

or $100 for each 500kg of excess 

For more information, or if you are interested in booking a courier service for your spares shipment, visit Fast Courier online today and find the best solutions for your delivery needs!

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