What are dangerous goods?

Goods classified in the IMDG Code or in any other IMO publication referred to in The Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/2367) (e. g. the IBC Code and IGC Code) as dangerous for carriage by sea, and any other substance or article which the shipper has reasonable cause to believe might meet the criteria for such classification.Β 

They include residues in empty receptacles, empty tanks or cargo holds previously used for carrying dangerous goods unless cleaned, dried, purged, gas freed or ventilated as appropriate or, in the case of radioactive materials, have been both cleaned and adequately closed; and goods labelled, marked or declared as dangerous goods. They do not include goods forming part of the carrying ship’s equipment or stores.


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