Declaration of Dangerous Goods

A Declaration of Dangerous Goods, also known as a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods, is a document that must be completed by the shipper of hazardous materials and dangerous goods. The purpose of the declaration is to provide information about the hazardous materials being transported, including:

  • their classification,
  • packing group,
  • quantity.

The declaration must be provided to both the transportation company and the local emergency response agency.

The requirements for declaring hazardous materials can vary depending on the mode of transportation:

  • For ocean transport, there are specific regulations set forth in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).
  • Inland transport companies may have their own requirements, which should be consulted before shipping any dangerous goods.

When completing a Declaration of Dangerous Goods , it is important to be as accurate and specific as possible. Inaccurate or incomplete information could lead to serious consequences, including:

  • delays in shipping,
  • fines,
  • and even criminal charges.

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Creating the IATA Dangerous Goods Form: The Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods
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