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Dangerous Goods (DG)


Dangerous goods are articles or substances that are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment, and which are shown on the list of dangerous goods in IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, or which are classified according to those regulations.

Some dangerous goods are too dangerous to be carried by aircraft, others may be carried on cargo aircrafts only, and some are acceptable on both cargo and passenger aircrafts. A number of limitations are placed on dangerous goods that are permitted to be transported by air. Both states and operators may impose further restrictions.

Information and labeling

Shipper is responsible for identifying, classifying, marking, labeling and documentation of dangerous goods. Shipper must also be trained for dangerous goods in an appropriate way. Dangerous goods must be packed in packaging of good quality, which must be constructed and so closed as to prevent leak­age in normal condition of air transport. The packing provisions of DGR Section 5 apply to both new packaging and re-used packaging. Shipper is responsible for all aspects of packing.

The shipper is responsible for all necessary markings.

Unless otherwise provided for in DGR a package or overpack must, as a minimum, be marked with:

• The Proper Shipping Name(s)
• UN or ID Number(s)
• Name and Address of the Shipper and Consignee.

In addition to this there are more requirements for:

• UN Specification Packages
• Type A and Type B Packages for Radioactive Materials
• “Limited Quantity” Packages
• Shipments containing several non-identical packages
• Infectious Substances (Division 6.2)
• Radioactive Material (Class 7)
• Refrigerated Liquefied Gas (Division 2.2)
• Carbon Dioxide, Solid (Dry Ice)
• Overpacks

Information on labeling and other DG regulations are available on IATA web pages

Conditions and special requirements

• The shipper is responsible for all aspects of packing
• Most classes/divisions of dangerous goods are divided into three packing groups depending on the relative degree of danger they represent: I high danger, II medium danger and III low danger. This impacts the packing method and packaging specifications.
• Read more on transporting dangerous goods from Cargo Guidelines

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