What's required in a shipper's declaration for dangerous goods? Learn what information you need to accurately complete the dangerous goods declaration document according to IATA regulations.
Ensuring safety during the transport of dangerous goods is a priority for couriers and shippers during the material handling and transportation process. Therefore, there is a mandate to optimize safety standards when transporting hazardous or dangerous goods. It involves various activities among completing necessary documentation such as declaration for dangerous goods.
Let's dive right into the requirements, so you'll ship hazardous materials with confidence in the future.
A shipper's declaration sheds light on the nature of the goods on transit, thereby preventing safety hazards by applying the best measures in handling the dangerous goods. In addition, the information provided will be worthwhile in planning and implementing safety measures for handling and transportation of dangerous goods. Hence, the declaration of goods is paramount as it mitigates risks of harm, damage, and financial loss to your business.
The International Air Transport Association covering over 80% of global airlines, has developed Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR). This manual is used in classifying, marking, packing, labeling, and documenting dangerous goods to ensure their safe transport. The DGR is universally accepted and required for shipping dangerous goods.
According to the IATA regulations, you must include the following information on the Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) document:
If you have trouble filling the DGD, ask for assistance from your carrier. Aside from completing the form, you must keep up to date with the IATA Dangerous Good Regulations. A good strategy for you to follow is to visit the IATA website frequently! IATA may modify the DGD document or add amendments on packaging requirements/quantities. The association may also implement other restrictions on specific dangerous goods.
If you're transporting dangerous goods by ocean freight, you must complete a shipper's declaration according to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations Code (IMDG Code). The IMO endorses the regulations to ensure safety during transportation by ocean vessels. According to the IMDG Code, the shipper's declaration must identify the goods, classification, packaging, marking, labeling, and placard correctly. In addition, you must complete the dangerous goods declaration form according to chapter 5.4 of the IMDG Code.
The shipper's declaration contains particulars like the shipper's name, consignee, the exact and specific type of hazardous material, details of the container and vessel/voyage, details of the quantity, type, and kind of package used, and additional information for special handling. Therefore, you're required to fill in these details accurately and according to the regulations. It's important to note that amendments are made after two years.
In essence, the shipper's declaration for dangerous goods on transit by road and rail requires the exact details as found in the IATA DGD and IMDG Code declaration documents. They are similar because they are used to ensure safety standards are taken during material handling and transportation of dangerous goods and mitigate safety hazards.
It's the shipper's responsibility to ensure that they provide accurate information in the Dangerous Goods Declaration. As you duly sign in the declaration agreeing that the information is exact. Correct information enables efficient handling and transport of dangerous goods, and the correct information can reduce airfreight/maritime/on-land disasters, including loss of life.
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