Hapag-Lloyd warns of 65% increase in mislabelling of dangerous goods

Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it registered 65% more incorrectly declared dangerous goods in 2015 than in 2014.

The carrier uses a special safety software to continuously check cargo data to identify anything conspicuous. In 2015, this software identified 4,314 cases of incorrectly declared dangerous goods, compared to 2,620 in 2014.

Ken Rohlmann, head of the carrier’s dangerous goods department, said one reason for this increase was an increase in the volume of cargo shipped by Hapag-Lloyd after its merger with CSAV.

The second reason, he said, was the fall-out from the explosion of dangerous goods at the Port of Tianjin in mid-August. “Many ports drastically tightened their dangerous goods guidelines in the wake of the incident or even prohibited dangerous goods from being processed at all,” he said.