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What happens when concealment during the transport of hazardous goods (ADR) does not pay off, can be demonstrated by the following example. 

To evade payment of ADR transport fees, a company hid the goods to be transported abroad in cardboard boxes. In addition, they wrapped it with wrapping foil.

With this they wanted to conceal the fact that they were transporting hazardous goods.

The goods had already been transported over the borders on numerous occasions. Everything was fine, until...

a customs officer uncovered the hidden packages during an inspection. He demanded the transport documents and an explanation. Goods classified as goods that are dangerous for transport must not be concealed. 

The external packaging must include all the information (ADR labels, UN codes) on dangerous goods, namely for each type of dangerous goods contained in the packaging. 

The company was fined €4,000 for the above-mentioned concealment. 

At the same time, all the goods had to be unloaded. Why? Because the company had to demonstrate that they didn’t transport any other goods that are the subject of the legislation governing the transport of dangerous goods. 

However, the story does not end here. 

When the case was brought to me, another issue became apparent. 

The company could benefit from ADR Exemptions. There was no need to conceal the goods. Moreover, the company would not incur even a single euro of additional transport costs, even though they had been transporting dangerous goods. 

All the company lacked was the right information.

These are often a simple key to success. Those that have them can react quicker, better and more efficiently than those who lack them. 

How do you make sure that the right information is available to you when you need it?

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ADR | August 7, 2017

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