Types of cargo

Davis expeditioner marking cargo for return to Australia
Marking the cargo for return to Australia (Photo: Bill D)

Cargo can be broadly categorised as follows:

Please ensure that you provide all the necessary information to the AAD and that you follow the relevant instructions in relation to packaging requirements.

For all relevant packing instructions, contact cargo@aad.gov.au or consult our online guidelines.

Work equipment

All equipment owned by your employer or purchased for your work is considered to be work equipment by the Australian Customs Service (ACS). Work equipment cannot be consigned as personal effects.

When returning cargo from Antarctica to Australia, different ACS clearance processes apply to work equipment and personal effects.

Dangerous goods

Dangerous Goods (DGs) are items or substances that when transported by sea and air are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.

These include obvious things, such as: explosives, radioactive materials, flammable liquids, dangerous or volatile chemicals, strong acids, compressed gases, poisons and aerosols.

Everyday items that can cause problems include toiletries, aerosols, tools and lithium batteries.

Dangerous goods (DGs) transported by sea and air are subject to CASA regulations and are covered by various pieces of legislation. For relevant packing instructions, contact the AAD cargo centre or consult our online guidelines.

For UN numbers and other information on commonly shipped DGs please consult our DG Quick Reference Table.