Different Transport: Different Rules

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 10:30

What are the rules for the different types of transport?

Rules for transporting dangerous goods by air.

There is a document which outlines the rules for transporting dangerous goods by air, called: International Dangerous Goods Regulations, which can be found on this website: along with may other resources.

Anyone who is packing goods to be transported by air will have to have dangerous goods training as outlined here by the civil aviation authority.

If you decide to use you own aircraft to transport the goods – then you will need to ensure that you and your staff have the appropriate dangerous goods training.

IMPORTANT: If your cargo fails an inspection -or- causes any sort of safety incident, you can face an unlimited fine and a 2 year prison sentence.

As you might expect, we have included a list of companies who provide dangerous goods training (Click here).

Transporting dangerous goods by Road.

There is a set of International Rules as per the : European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.

IMPORTANT: Ignore them at your peril. There’s a fixed penalty which ranes from £100 t0 £500 if your cargo fails a sport check during transportation.

Transporting dangerous goods by sea.

If you want to transport any dangerous goods by sea, you have to complete a dangerous goods notification for any dangerous goods that you wish to send by sea. This is in accordance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Act (IMDG). You will need to complete a dangerous goods declaration.

The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency has more advice on packaging and the transportation of bulk goods, such as Oil. Click here to be taken to their site. go to “Cargo safety alerts and the environment”.

Don’t get caught out breaking the regulations, because you can be fined for doing so. Even more so, there are substantial penalties for serious breached of the regulations for things like: transporting animal products in an unsafe way. You can not only get a large fine, but there’s also a possibility that you could end up in prison. 


1. Dangerous Goods Overview

2. What’s Classified as Dangerous Goods?

3. Packaging Dangerous Goods

4. What’s a DGSA?

5. Different Transport: Different Rules

6. Transporting limited quantities

7. Enforcing & reporting | How to

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