What is dangerous goods?
Transported goods that can be hazardous for the safety of lives, health, the environment and material assets, are classed as “dangerous goods”.
There are strict regulations in place regarding the transportation of dangerous goods, as it can be risky to both transport and handle.
The transport of dangerous goods is regulated by both national as well as international security regulations.
Road Freight: regulated by regulations on land transport of dangerous goods
Sea freight: regulated by IMDG-code
Air Freight: regulated by IATA/ICAO
Labelling of dangerous goodsDangerous goods must be labelled correctly, regardless of the means of transport
- UN number
- danger warning sign, displaying the ADRDangerous Goods by Road (ADR)
Goods that can do harm to people or the environment class of the goods
- a transport document including all information about the dangerous goods must always follow the shipment
The sender is responsible for the correct information in the transport document!
Exception and exemptions
There are many exceptions and exemptions in the dangerous goods regulations, due to variations in the type and volume of the dangerous goods.
The “limited amounts” exception – if only a small volume is being transported, the goods are considered “normal goods”
Dangerous substances, explosives and transport of dangerous goods
The IMDG code that regulates the safety by sea
Here you will find an introduction to the IMDG code, for the transport of dangerous goods by sea
IATAInternational Air Transport Association
International Air Transport Association regulates Air Freight of dangerous goods
Here you will find more information about IATA