Excepted quantities of dangerous goods of certain classes, other than articles, meeting the provisions
of this Chapter are not subject to any other provisions of ADR except for:
(a) The training requirements in Chapter 1.3;
(b) The classification procedures and packing group criteria in Part 2;
(c) The packaging requirements of 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.
NOTE: In the case of radioactive material, the requirements for radioactive material in excepted
packages in 22.214.171.124 apply.
Dangerous goods which may be carried as excepted quantities in accordance with the provisions of
this Chapter are shown in column (7b) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 list by means of an alphanumeric
code as follows:
Maximum net quantity per inner packaging (in grams for solids
and ml for liquids and gases)
Maximum net quantity per outer packaging (in grams for solids and ml for liquids
and gases, or sum of grams and ml in the case of mixed packing)
Not permitted as Excepted Quantity
For gases, the volume indicated for inner packagings refers to the water capacity of the inner
receptacle and the volume indicated for outer packagings refers to the combined water capacity of all
inner packagings within a single outer packaging.
Where dangerous goods in excepted quantities for which different codes are assigned are packaged
together the total quantity per outer packaging shall be limited to that corresponding to the most
Excepted quantities of dangerous goods assigned to codes E1, E2, E4 and E5 with a maximum net
quantity of dangerous goods per inner packaging limited to 1 ml for liquids and gases and 1 g for
solids and a maximum net quantity of dangerous goods per outer packaging which does not exceed
100 g for solids or 100 ml for liquids and gases are only subject to:
(a) The provisions of 3.5.2, except that an intermediate packaging is not required if the inner
packagings are securely packed in an outer packaging with cushioning material in such a way
that, under normal conditions of carriage, they cannot break, be punctured, or leak their
contents; and for liquids, the outer packaging contains sufficient absorbent material to absorb
the entire contents of the inner packagings; and
(b) The provisions of 3.5.3.
Packagings used for the carriage of dangerous goods in excepted quantities shall be in compliance
with the following:
(a) There shall be an inner packaging and each inner packaging shall be constructed of plastic
(with a minimum thickness of 0.2 mm when used for liquids), or of glass, porcelain, stoneware,
earthenware or metal (see also 126.96.36.199) and the closure of each inner packaging shall be held
securely in place with wire, tape or other positive means; any receptacle having a neck with
moulded screw threads shall have a leak proof threaded type cap. The closure shall be resistant
to the contents;
(b) Each inner packaging shall be securely packed in an intermediate packaging with cushioning
material in such a way that, under normal conditions of carriage, they cannot break, be
punctured or leak their contents. For liquid dangerous goods, the intermediate or outer
packaging shall contain sufficient absorbent material to absorb the entire contents of the inner
packagings. When placed in the intermediate packaging, the absorbent material may be the
cushioning material. Dangerous goods shall not react dangerously with cushioning, absorbent
material and packaging material or reduce the integrity or function of the materials. Regardless
of its orientation, the package shall completely contain the contents in case of breakage or
(c) The intermediate packaging shall be securely packed in a strong, rigid outer packaging
(wooden, fibreboard or other equally strong material);
(d) Each package type shall be in compliance with the provisions in 3.5.3;
(e) Each package shall be of such a size that there is adequate space to apply all necessary marks;
(f) Overpacks may be used and may also contain packages of dangerous goods or goods not
subject to the requirements of ADR.
Tests for packages
The complete package as prepared for carriage, with inner packagings filled to not less than 95% of
their capacity for solids or 98% for liquids, shall be capable of withstanding, as demonstrated by
testing which is appropriately documented, without breakage or leakage of any inner packaging and
without significant reduction in effectiveness:
(a) Drops onto a rigid, non-resilient flat and horizontal surface from a height of 1.8 m:
(i) Where the sample is in the shape of a box, it shall be dropped in each of the following
- flat on the base;
- flat on the top;
- flat on the longest side;
- flat on the shortest side;
- on a corner;
(ii) Where the sample is in the shape of a drum, it shall be dropped in each of the following
- diagonally on the top chime, with the centre of gravity directly above the point
- diagonally on the base chime;
- flat on the side;
NOTE: Each of the above drops may be performed on different but identical packages.
(b) A force applied to the top surface for a duration of 24 hours, equivalent to the total weight of
identical packages if stacked to a height of 3 m (including the sample).
For the purposes of testing, the substances to be carried in the packaging may be replaced by other
substances except where this would invalidate the results of the tests. For solids, when another
substance is used, it must have the same physical characteristics (mass, grain size, etc.) as the
substance to be carried. In the drop tests for liquids, when another substance is used, its relative
density (specific gravity) and viscosity should be similar to those of the substance to be carried.
Marking of packages
Packages containing excepted quantities of dangerous goods prepared in accordance with this Chapter
shall be durably and legibly marked with the mark shown in 188.8.131.52. The first or only label number
indicated in column (5) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 for each of the dangerous goods contained in the
package shall be shown in the mark. Where the name of the consignor or consignee is not shown
elsewhere on the package this information shall be included within the mark.
Excepted quantities mark
Excepted quantities mark
* The first or only label number indicated in column (5) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 shall be
shown in this location.
** The name of the consignor or of the consignee shall be shown in this location if not shown
elsewhere on the package.
The mark shall be in the form of a square. The hatching and symbol shall be of the same colour, black
or red, on white or suitable contrasting background. The minimum dimensions shall be 100 mm x 100
mm. Where dimensions are not specified, all features shall be in approximate proportion to those
Use of overpacks
Use of overpacks
For an overpack containing dangerous goods packed in excepted quantities, the following applies:
Unless the marks representative of all dangerous goods in an overpack are visible, the overpack shall
– marked with the word “OVERPACK”. The lettering of the “OVERPACK” mark shall be at
least 12 mm high. The mark shall be in an official language of the country of origin and also, if
that language is not English, French or German, in English, French or German, unless
agreements, if any, concluded between the countries concerned in the transport operation
provide otherwise; and
– marked with the marks required by this Chapter.
The other provisions of 184.108.40.206 apply only if other dangerous goods which are not packed in excepted
quantities are contained in the overpack and only in relation to these other dangerous goods.
Maximum number of packages in any vehicle or container
The number of packages in any vehicle or container shall not exceed 1 000.
If a document or documents (such as a bill of lading, air waybill or CMR/CIM consignment note)
accompanies(y) dangerous goods in excepted quantities, at least one of these documents shall include
the statement "Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities" and indicate the number of packages.