By Little Pro on 2017-03-08 Views: Update:2018-02-09
The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) is an internationally agreed regulation developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and sets provisions for the safe transport of dangerous goods by sea. The goal of the IMDG code is to enhance the safe transport of dangerous goods by sea and protect the marine environment. If your products are classified as dangerous goods and would like to ship them by sea, you must comply with the provisions in the IMDG code. In this article, we will give you an overview of the IMDG code.
The provisions in the IMDG code are based on the 'UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods’, known as the ‘Model Regulations’, a document that provides a framework of rules for the safe transport of dangerous goods by all modes – air, road and rail as well as sea. Before you read the IMDG code, it is strongly recommended that you read the UN Model Regulations first.
The UN Model regulation has detailed the general principles of dangerous good classification,labelling, marking, placarding, documentation, and dangerous goods list. Those principles and requirements apply to all modes of dangerous goods transport (i.e., ADR, IATA).
The IMDG code consists of two books (volume 1 and volume 2), and the IMDG code supplement.
Volume 1 includes the following chapters:
Volume 2 includes the following parts:
The IMDG code supplement includes additional provisions that are relevant to sea transport. These provisions include:
The IMDG code is not free of charge. It can be ordered from IMO's website here. The latest version of the IMDG code and its supplement is listed as below.
However, if you like free stuff, you may click here to download the IMDG code (2006 edition) in English free of charge. It is good enough for learning purpose.
It should be noted that the IMDG code is updated every 2 years to be aligned with the UN Model Regulations. For example, if the dangerous good list in the UN Model Regulations is updated, the dangerous goods list in the IMDG code will also be updated.