The amount of incorrectly completed Dangerous Goods Notes is quite alarming. Moreover, from many large companies who, quite frankly, shouldn’t have ignorance on their side as an excuse. But honestly, it really isn’t that difficult.
I appreciate that, as a DGSA, it is easy for me to say that, but people over complicate matters and in doing so often mess it up. Firstly, it is actually called a ‘Dangerous Goods Transport Document’, but referred to as a Dangerous Goods Note, or ‘DGN’ as it’s common acronym. All I will deal with here is Sea (IMDG) and Road (ADR), as these are the primary modes which concern our core services. Below is a simple guide on how to complete a Dangerous Goods Note, but before I start you should be aware that there are some differences and precedents depending on the mode.
Both IMDG and ADR require a ‘Dangerous Goods Transport Document’, whereas ADR also requires ‘Instructions in Writing’ (commonly, and erroneously known as a Tremcard). IMDG and ADR can use the same Dangerous Goods Transport Document as this can be in any form, provided it contains all of the information required by the provisions of the relevant Codes (5.4.1 ADR and IMDG). So, what do we need to put in the ‘DGN’? Below is the basic data required for both modes, unless stated otherwise.
How to complete a Dangerous Goods Note:
The particulars to be entered in the document shall be drafted in an official language of the forwarding country, and also, if that language is not English, French, or German, in English, French or German, unless international road carriage tariffs, if any, or agreements concluded between the countries concerned in the transport operation, provide otherwise.
Most common additional information:
The order of the data formulating the transport document description should be a, b, c, d, k with no information interspersed, except as provided for in ADR or IMDG as relevant. For example:
This is by no means definitive as there are many other requirements depending on UN number, class, etc. The links on the previous page will provide assistance, and as invited, if anyone has any specific questions, simply emails us at dgsa@Ital-logistics.com and we will be pleased to assist.
At Ital Logistics we take the matter of transporting goods which are hazardous very seriously indeed, and do our utmost to ensure that they are carried in compliance with the rules of ADR & IMDG. Around 25% of our total business is made up of the transport of dangerous goods. Many companies shy away from […]