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SAS Cargo, Handling, Summer

Transport of Specimens of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Below information have been received from IATA.

As you are aware the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has health officials worldwide on alert to ensure that any suspected cases are isolated and managed according to appropriate national health protocols.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that so far, the transport of specimens to laboratories for analysis is working well, although there have been some delays where the classification of specimens of Covid-19 as UN 3373, Biological substance, Category B has been questioned by airlines, customs or other authorities, where there has been an opinion that the specimens should be UN 2814, i.e. Category A.

Based on the classification of specimens of SARS, swine flu, MERS and other similar types of viruses as UN 3373, Biological substance, Category B, the WHO and other national health authorities are advising health authorities to ship specimens of Covid-19 as UN 3373, Biological substance, Category B. To ensure that the global response to suspected cases of Covid-19 is as rapid as possible, it is important that specimens are able to be transported to laboratories for analysis without delay. Please assist in this response by facilitating the movement of specimens offered as UN 3373 and packed in accordance with PI 650.


C-TPAT Partner since 2006

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 provided a statutory framework for the CTPAT program and imposed strict program oversight requirements.

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Extremely flammable substances discovered in cargo and baggage

Transport Canada has identified the problem of people sending white or yellow phosphorous which is extremely flammable, packed in baggage or sent as cargo. For additional information please read this document.

Transporting phosphorous in passenger baggage or cargo  

Application for Overfly Permit


Shipments to, from and via an airport in Denmark.

Any shipment containing weapons, explosives, war equipment and munitions etc. imported to, exported from or transferred via an airport in Denmark (CPH) must have an Overfly Permit before departure from previous station. The permit must be attached to the AWB at delivery on export station.

Online application form can be found here:

Application for Overfly Permit


For Norway:

Import shipments.

Arms and ammunition : Import Permit to be obtained from the Norwegian Police Department at airport of destination.

Explosives: Import Permit to be obtained from Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap, Rambergveien 9, 3115 Tønsberg - Phone: 33 41 25 00, Mail:    


For Sweden:

Import shipments.

Sporting arms: License from country administration.

Transfer shipments.

Arms, ammunition and explosives: Transit License issued by Inspektionen for Strategiska Produkter (ISP), Klarabergsviadukten 90, P.O. Box 70252, 10722 Stockholm (Phone: 08/4063113) at a small fee.

Application for transit of defence material.  


License for transit is not necessary if the transit is a delivery from one EU or EEA country to another EU or EEA country and there is a valid export license from the exporting EU or EEA country.

Stations intending to ship such consignments have to request that such license be obtained by the Freight dept. at the transit station concerned.

Do not ship the goods until confirmation granting transhipment has been received, (will take approx. 10 days). The license application should contain number of articles, net weight and gross weight, calibre, value, shipper, consignee and purpose.

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