In order to ship hazardous cargo within the United States, logistics service providers must supply a driver that has a valid HME (Hazardous Materials Endorsement) license. The Texas Department of Public safety requires that drivers complete a four-step application process which includes:
Because hazardous materials pose a critical threat to human health and the environment, and for assurances that hazardous cargo will not be used illegally, or for the purpose of acts of terrorism, or disposed of inappropriately, all shipments are closely regulated and monitored.
The hazardous materials classification can be applied to industrial chemicals, solvents, raw materials and everyday consumer products. Here is a list of items that can fall under the hazmat classification and require a special license before they can be transported by a carrier:
The different types of hazardous materials cargo are categorized in nine classes (please see the classifications from The U.S. Department of Transportation below). If you are not certain whether your cargo requires a hazardous material permit and HME driver, please contact our team at Canal Cartage.
Canal Cartage reserves the right of refusal for pick-up or delivery of any hazardous goods that have not been labeled or identified as such by the commercial business owner.