Cargo information [German version]

Structure of the cargo information pages

A consistent layout has been adopted for all the product pages, which are divided into „General information“ and „Risk factors and loss prevention“ sections.

The general information section includes the following:

  Product name: German, English, French, Spanish, scientific name, Combined Nomenclature/Harmonized System
Product information: Product description, quality and duration of storage, intended use, Figures, countries of origin
Packaging: packaging containers, materials, aids, package/container sizes, special features
Transport: Symbols, means of transport, container transport, cargo handling, stowage factor, angle of repose, grain size, density, stowage space requirements, segregation, cargo securing

The risk factors and loss prevention section addresses the specific transport properties of the product. Practical loss prevention measures are recommended on the basis of existing potential risks. The following product properties or factors having an influence on transport are addressed:

  RF Temperature: Required temperatures (journey, loading and unloading temperatures), risks associated with excessively high or low temperatures and with temperature variations, influence of temperature on the formation of condensation in holds/containers, temperature measurements during transport
RF Humidity/Moisture: Relative humidity, water content of product, maximum equilibrium moisture content, water vapor absorption capacity of the product (sorption behavior, hygroscopicity), influence of humidity/moisture conditions on the formation of condensation in holds/containers
RF Ventilation: Recommended ventilation (air exchange rate, circulating air, surface ventilation), supply of fresh air, air flow in holds/containers, instances where ventilation is prohibited.
RF Biotic activity: Classification of the product on the basis of biotic activity during transport
RF Gases: Changes in carbon dioxide content, upper limit of admissible CO2 content, changes in oxygen content, evolution of ethylene by the product, ethylene-sensitivity of product
RF Self-heating/Spontaneous combustion: Hazards arising from self-heating/spontaneous combustion or external heating/ignition, influence of oil content, influence of fiber content, influence of temperature, influence of humidity/moisture, influence of oxygen
RF Odor: Active behavior (release of odor by the product), passive behavior (sensitivity to foreign odors), prohibited mixed cargoes on the basis of active and passive behavior
RF Contamination: Active behavior (contamination caused by the product), passive behavior (sensitivity to contamination by other products), prohibited mixed cargoes on the basis of active and passive behavior
RF Mechanical influences: Sensitivity (to pressure, impact, abrasion etc.), cargo handling and cargo securing recommendations
RF Toxicity/Hazards to health: Hazard due to elevated carbon dioxide concentrations, hazard due to oxygen shortages, toxic substances present in the product
RF Shrinkage/Shortage: Weight losses due to release of water vapor, loss of volume due to breakage, theft etc..
RF Insect infestation/Diseases: Activity of molds, bacteria, microorganisms and enzymes, infestation by insects, small animals and other living organisms, certificates required

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