Container/vehicle packing certificate
If the carriage of dangerous goods in a container precedes a voyage by sea, a "container/vehicle
packing certificate" conforming to section 5.4.2 of the IMDG Code5, 6 shall be provided with the
The functions of the transport document required under 5.4.1 and of the "container/vehicle packing
certificate" as provided above may be incorporated into a single document; if not, these documents
shall be attached one to the other. If these functions are incorporated into a single document, the
inclusion in the transport document of a statement that the loading of the container or vehicle has been
carried out in accordance with the applicable modal regulations together with the identification of the
person responsible for the "container/vehicle packing certificate" shall be sufficient.
NOTE: The "container/vehicle packing certificate" is not required for portable tanks, tank-containers
If the carriage of dangerous goods in a vehicle precedes a voyage by sea, a "container/vehicle packing
certificate" conforming to section 5.4.2 of the IMDG Code5, 6 may be provided with the transport
5 Guidelines for use in practice and in training for loading goods in transport units have also been drawn up by the
International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE) and have been published by IMO ("IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo
Transport Units (CTU Code)").
6 Section 5.4.2 of the IMDG Code (Amendment 38-16) requires the following:
"5.4.2 Container/vehicle packing certificate
When dangerous goods are packed or loaded into any container or vehicle, those responsible for packing the
container or vehicle shall provide a “container/vehicle packing certificate” specifying the container/vehicle identification
number(s) and certifying that the operation has been carried out in accordance with the following conditions:
.1 The container/vehicle was clean, dry and apparently fit to receive the goods;
.2 Packages, which need to be segregated in accordance with applicable segregation requirements, have not been
packed together onto or in the container/vehicle [unless approved by the competent authority concerned in
accordance with 22.214.171.124 (of the IMDG Code)];
.3 All packages have been externally inspected for damage, and only sound packages have been loaded;
.4 Drums have been stowed in an upright position, unless otherwise authorized by the competent authority, and all
goods have been properly loaded, and, where necessary, adequately braced with securing material to suit the
mode(s) of transport for the intended journey;
.5 Goods loaded in bulk have been evenly distributed within the container/vehicle;
.6 For consignments including goods of class 1, other than division 1.4, the container/vehicle is structurally serviceable
in accordance with 7.1.2 (of the IMDG Code);
.7 The container/vehicle and packages are properly marked, labelled, and placarded, as appropriate;
.8 When substances presenting a risk of asphyxiation are used for cooling or conditioning purposes (such as dry ice
(UN 1845) or nitrogen, refrigerated liquid (UN 1977) or argon, refrigerated liquid (UN 1951)), the container/vehicle
is externally marked in accordance with 126.96.36.199 (of the IMDG Code); and
.9 A dangerous goods transport document, as indicated in 5.4.1 (of the IMDG Code) has been received for each
dangerous goods consignment loaded in the container/vehicle.
NOTE: The container/vehicle packing certificate is not required for portable tanks
The information required in the dangerous goods transport document and the container/vehicle packing
certificate may be incorporated into a single document; if not, these documents shall be attached one to the other. If the
information is incorporated into a single document, the document shall include a signed declaration such as “It is declared
that the packing of the goods into the container/vehicle has been carried out in accordance with the applicable provisions”.
This declaration shall be dated and the person signing this declaration shall be identified on the document. Facsimile
signatures are acceptable where applicable laws and regulations recognize the legal validity of facsimile signatures.
If the container/vehicle packing certificate is presented to the carrier by means of EDP or EDI transmission
techniques, the signature(s) may be electronic signature(s) or may be replaced by the name(s) (in capitals) of the person
authorized to sign.
When the container/vehicle packing certificate is given to a carrier by EDP or EDI techniques and subsequently
the dangerous goods are transferred to a carrier that requires a paper container/vehicle packing certificate, the carrier shall
ensure that the paper document indicates "Original received electronically" and the name of the signatory shall be shown in
Instructions in writing
As an aid during an accident emergency situation that may occur or arise during carriage, instructions
in writing in the form specified in 188.8.131.52 shall be carried in the vehicle crew’s cab and shall be readily
These instructions shall be provided by the carrier to the vehicle crew in language(s) that each
member can read and understand before the commencement of the journey. The carrier shall ensure
that each member of the vehicle crew concerned understands and is capable of carrying out the
Before the start of the journey, the members of the vehicle crew shall inform themselves of the
dangerous goods loaded and consult the instructions in writing for details on actions to be taken in the
event of an accident or emergency.
The instructions in writing shall correspond to the following four page model as regards its form and
INSTRUCTIONS IN WRITING ACCORDING TO ADR
Actions in the event of an accident or emergency
In the event of an accident or emergency that may occur or arise during carriage, the members of
the vehicle crew shall take the following actions where safe and practicable to do so:
- Apply the braking system, stop the engine and isolate the battery by activating the master switch
- Avoid sources of ignition, in particular, do not smoke, use electronic cigarettes or similar
devices or switch on any electrical equipment;
- Inform the appropriate emergency services, giving as much information about the incident or
accident and substances involved as possible;
- Put on the warning vest and place the self-standing warning signs as appropriate;
- Keep the transport documents readily available for responders on arrival;
- Do not walk into or touch spilled substances and avoid inhalation of fumes, smoke, dusts and
vapours by staying up wind;
- Where appropriate and safe to do so, use the fire extinguishers to put out small/initial fires
in tyres, brakes and engine compartments;
- Fires in load compartments shall not be tackled by members of the vehicle crew;
- Where appropriate and safe to do so, use on-board equipment to prevent leakages into the
aquatic environment or the sewage system and to contain spillages;
- Move away from the vicinity of the accident or emergency, advise other persons to move away and
follow the advice of the emergency services;
- Remove any contaminated clothing and used contaminated protective equipment and dispose of
NOTE 1: For dangerous goods with multiple risks and for mixed loads, each applicable entry shall be observed.
NOTE 2: Additional guidance shown in column (3) of the table may be adapted to reflect the classes of dangerous
goods to be carried and their means of transport.
quipment for personal and general protection
to carry out general actions and hazard specific emergency actions
to be carried on board the transport unit in accordance with section 8.1.5 of ADR
The following equipment shall be carried on board the transport unit:
- for each vehicle, a wheel chock of a size suited to the maximum mass of the vehicle and to the
diameter of the wheel;
- two self-standing warning signs;
- eye rinsing liquida; and
for each member of the vehicle crew
- a warning vest;
- portable lighting apparatus;
- a pair of protective gloves; and
- eye protection.
Additional equipment required for certain classes:
- an emergency escape mask for each member of the vehicle crew shall be carried on board the
transport unit for danger label numbers 2.3 or 6.1;
- a shovelb;
- a drain sealb;
- a collecting containerb.
a Not required for danger label numbers 1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.
b Only required for solids and liquids with danger label numbers 3, 4.1, 4.3, 8 or 9.
Contracting Parties shall provide the UNECE secretariat with the official translation of the
instructions in writing in their national language(s), in accordance with this section. The UNECE
secretariat shall make the
Retention of dangerous goods transport information
The consignor and the carrier shall retain a copy of the dangerous goods transport document and
additional information and documentation as specified in ADR, for a minimum period of three
When the documents are kept electronically or in a computer system, the consignor and the carrier
shall be able to reproduce them in a printed form.
Example of a multimodal dangerous goods form
Example of a form which may be used as a combined dangerous goods declaration and container
packing certificate for multimodal carriage of dangerous goods.
MULTIMODAL DANGEROUS GOODS FORM