The UN has established a universal system for the classification, packaging, marking and labelling of dangerous goods to facilitate their safe transport. National and international regulations governing road, rail and sea transport are all based on the UN system. Under the regulations, packaging must meet or exceed minimum standards of performance before it can be authorised for the carriage of dangerous goods.
Packing limited quantities
Dangerous goods shipped in limited quantities may only be packed in inner packaging placed in suitable outer packaging. The maximum weight is 30kg for outer packaging, or 20kg for shrink-wrapped trays. The maximum weight for the individual containers depends on the type of goods.
Mode of transport
The regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods by:
Air - is specified in IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations by Air
Road - is specified in the National Road Traffic (NRT) Act
Documentation is a priority for all dangerous goods shipments. The ‘Dangerous Goods Declaration’ is a legal requirement for the transportation of goods. The person responsible for signing the ‘Dangerous Goods Declaration’ is required by law to have had the appropriate training.
Documentation you require for shipping:
- Dangerous Goods Declaration
- Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
- Commercial Invoice