Since 1965 the IMO IMDG Code has set the principals for the transport of dangerous goods by sea and it is published by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), for whom Labeline is a leading authorised distributor. Every two years the 2-volume publication is updated and amended. The 40th Amendment (2020) of the IMDG Code will come into force on 1 June 2022 and may be applied voluntarily from 1 January 2021.
The IMDG Code is divided into seven parts over two volumes.
IMDG Code 2020 Volume 1 contains (parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Code) with sections on:
- General provisions, definitions, training.
- Packing and Tank Provisions.
- Consignment Procedures.
- Construction and Testing of packagings, IBCs, large packagings, portable tanks, MEGCs and road tank vehicles.
- Transport Operations.
Volume 2 contains part 3 (Dangerous Goods List, special provisions and exceptions), appendix A (generic and N.O.S. Proper Shipping Names), appendix B (Glossary of terms) and an index.
There is also an IMDG Supplement to this biennial’s publication which includes details of procedures for packing of dangerous goods or actions to take in the event of spillages, emergencies, fires or accidents involving personnel who handle goods at sea.
For IMDG compliant Placards and Labels, please visit our Dangerous Goods Labels / Packaging Labels section.
This product is also available as a free two-day trial on the IMO website – Virtual Publications
Partly as a consequence of the pandemic, there are fewer changes to the amendment this biennium than usual. However, there are still some significant updates, including the addition of 4 new UN numbers in the Dangerous Goods List: 0511, 0512 and 0513 for variants of electronic, programmable detonators and 3549 for solid medical waste, Category A. As always there is a number of deletions, alterations and additions to packing instructions and special provisions – including conditions under which certain dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries which are contained in data loggers or tracking devices, are not subject to the IMDG Code. The note on the transport document for lithium batteries or cells that are offered for transport under special provision 376 or special provision 377, must now show the wording “DAMAGED/DEFECTIVE”, “LITHIUM BATTERIES FOR DISPOSAL” or “LITHIUM BATTERIES FOR RECYCLING. There are new stowage requirements for a number of waste products and some explosives.
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