What’s New in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code

IMDG Code, 36th AmendmentThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released an overview of changes included in the newest edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), Amendment 36-12. The document, produced by Exis Technologies, details changes to:

  • Stowage and Segregation
  • Sources of Heat
  • Foodstuffs
  • Limited Quantities
  • Explosives

Additionally, the document mentions that new UN numbers (up to 3506) and packing instructions have been added to the latest edition of the IMDG Code. Amendment 36-12 will become mandatory on Jan. 1, 2014, although it may be applied voluntarily beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

The IMDG Code is prepared by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in close cooperation with the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, according to the IMO’s website. Amendments to the IMDG Code originate from two sources: proposals submitted directly to the IMO by member states and amendments that incorporate changes to the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, which sets the basic requirements for transport modes.

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The two-volume 36th Amendment of the IMDG Code is a must-have for anyone shipping dangerous goods by vessel. Labelmaster offers the IMDG Code in both English and Spanish, as well as with additional online and USB formats. Also of interest to ocean shippers is the IMDG Code Supplement, a companion piece that provides additional useful information related to the safe carriage of dangerous goods. All new editions of the IMDG Code are currently available for pre-order.


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