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Introduction to ADR for the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road

Little Pro on 2019-06-19

ADR is the European agreement concerning the international transport of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). It sets provisions for the safe transport of dangerous goods by road. If your products are classified as dangerous goods and would like to transport them by road, you must comply with the provisions in the ADR.


Structure of ADR

The provisions in the ADR are aligned with 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.

The ADR includes the following chapters. 

  • Part 1. Introduction
  • Part 2. Classification
  • Part 3. The dangerous goods list (including special provisions and exemptions related to limited quantities.
  • Part 4. Packing and tank provisions
  • Part 5. Consignment procedures, including documentation and vehicle marking
  • Part 6. Construction and testing of packagings, intermediate bulk containers (IBC), large packagings and tanks
  • Part 7. Carriage, loading, unloading and handling
  • Part 8. Vehicle crews, equipment, operation and documentation (including driver training)
  • Part 9. Construction and approval of vehicles

Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA)

ADR requires the appointment of a dangerous goods safety adviser (DGSA) for those involved in the carriage, packing, loading, filling or unloading of dangerous goods by road.

How to Download ADR

The latest version of ADR is ADR (2019). It is available for free download from UNECE's website below.

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