What is in it: The IMDG Code lays down basic principles on the transport of dangerous goods by sea. It contains detailed recommendations for individual substances, materials and articles and a number of recommendations for good operational practice, including advice on terminology, acking, labelling, stowage, segregation and handling and emergency response action.
Who uses it: Although the information in the Code is directed primarily at the mariner, its provisions may affect a range of industries and services, such as manufacturers, packers, shippers, feeder services such as road and rail and port authorities.
Amendment 40-20 includes revisions to various sections of the Code and to transport requirements for specific substances. It is mandatory as from 1 June 2022 but may be applied by Administrations in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2021.
VOLUME 1 (parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7) contains:
- general provisions, definitions and training
- packing and tank provisions
- consignment procedures
- construction and testing of packagings, IBCs, large
- packagings, portable tanks, MEGCs and road tank vehicles
- transport operations
VOLUME 2 contains:
- part 3 (Dangerous Goods List,
- special provisions and exceptions)
- Appendix A (list of generic and
- N.O.S. proper shipping names) and
- Appendix B (glossary of terms)