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Dangerous goods declaration

What is a dangerous goods declaration?

A dangerous goods declaration (DGD) is a legal document required for the transportation of hazardous materials or dangerous goods by air, sea, road, or rail. It provides detailed information about the nature, classification, packaging, and handling requirements of the dangerous goods being transported. The DGD helps ensure compliance with international regulations and facilitates the safe handling and transport of hazardous materials throughout the supply chain.

When is a dangerous goods declaration required?

A dangerous goods declaration is required whenever hazardous materials or dangerous goods are being shipped. This includes substances that pose a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment, such as flammable liquids, corrosive chemicals, explosives, and radioactive materials. Failure to properly declare and document dangerous goods can result in legal penalties, fines, and potential safety hazards during transportation.

What's included on a dangerous goods declaration form?

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A dangerous goods declaration form typically includes the following information:

  1. Identification of the shipper and consignee
  2. Description of the dangerous goods, including UN number, proper shipping name, hazard class, and packing group
  3. Quantity and type of packaging used
  4. Emergency response information and contact details
  5. Declaration of compliance with applicable regulations and requirements

Additionally, the DGD may include specific instructions for handling, storage, and emergency response procedures related to the transportation of dangerous goods.

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