Dangerous Goods Declarations (DGDs)

A Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) is required for the transportation of hazardous materials or dangerous goods (DG) by air, ocean and ground services.

It serves as a critical part of the documentation process, providing essential information about the hazardous materials being shipped and ensuring compliance with international regulations and safety standards.

Often in ocean transport this declaration is referred to as an “IMO”.

The DGD typically includes the following information:

  1. Shipper Details: Name, address, and contact information of the entity responsible for shipping the hazardous materials.
  2. Carrier Details: Information about the transportation company or carrier responsible for transporting the goods.
  3. Consignee Details: Name, address, and contact information of the recipient or consignee who will receive the hazardous materials.
  4. Description of Goods: Detailed description of the hazardous materials being shipped, including their proper shipping name, UN number (United Nations Number), hazard class, and packing group (if applicable). This information helps identify the specific hazards associated with the materials and ensures proper handling and storage.
  5. Quantity and Packaging: The quantity of hazardous materials being transported, along with details of the packaging used (e.g., drums, boxes, cylinders) and the Packing Instruction followed. This information helps determine the appropriate packaging requirements and ensures the materials are properly secured during transit with all necessary marking and labeling being present for the mode of transport being utilized.
  6. Emergency Contact Information: Contact details of responsible personnel who can be reached in case of emergencies or incidents involving the hazardous materials. This may include phone numbers for 24/7 emergency response services.
  7. Declaration of Dangerous Goods: A declaration by the shipper confirming that the hazardous materials have been properly classified, packaged, marked, and labeled according to applicable regulations and safety standards.

The completion and accuracy of the Dangerous Goods Declaration are crucial for ensuring the safe and compliant transportation of hazardous materials. Failure to provide accurate information or comply with regulations can result in severe penalties, delays, or even accidents during transit. Therefore, shippers and carriers must carefully prepare and verify the DGD before transporting hazardous materials to ensure the safety of personnel, the public, and the environment.