Aside of transport, with so many other regulatory requirements for marking and labelling, this is another of those aspects of transporting dangerous goods, both to Europe and beyond, that is often done wrong.
Focusing on the main two modes of transport of Road and Sea, whilst they are similar, there are differences nonetheless. The most stringent of these regulations is IMDG (sea) and I would always recommend that if you mark and label for IMDG (as long as the journey is not a mainland movement only which would be subject to ADR (road) only), then you would meet all requirements. So, as a general rule of thumb, excluding any special marking and/or labelling that may be required for specific chemicals, here is a brief summary of the key requirements.
The markings referred to in sections ‘a’ and ‘b’ above should be at least 12mm in height.
Danger label(s) (commonly referred to as ‘hazard diamonds’) for each class/subclass
– for IBCs and packages of more than 450 L capacity, these should be on two opposing sides (IMDG & ADR)
Whilst IMDG and ADR don’t request shippers name or consignee’s name and address, it is prudent to provide these also. After all, you wouldn’t put an envelope in the post without an address of where it’s going would you!
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 […]