General provisions concerning loading, unloading and handling
The vehicle and its driver, as well as the container(s), bulk-container(s), MEGC(s), tank-container(s)
or portable tank(s) if any, shall comply with the regulatory provisions (especially those concerning
safety, security, cleanliness and satisfactory operation of the equipment used in loading and
unloading) upon arrival at the loading and unloading sites, which include container terminals.
Unless otherwise specified in ADR, the loading shall not be carried out if:
- an examination of the documents; or
- a visual inspection of the vehicle or of the container(s), bulk-container(s), MEGC(s), tankcontainer(
s) or portable tank(s) if any, as well as of their equipment used in loading and
shows that the vehicle, the driver, a container, a bulk-container, a MEGC, a tank-container, a portable
tank or their equipment do not comply with the regulatory provisions. The interior and exterior of a
vehicle or container shall be inspected prior to loading to ensure that there is no damage that could
affect its integrity or that of the packages to be loaded in it.
Unless otherwise specified in ADR, the unloading shall not be carried out, if the above-mentioned
inspections reveal deficiencies that might affect the safety or the security of the unloading.
In accordance with the special provisions of 7.3.3 or 7.5.11, in conformity with Columns (17) and (18)
of Table A of Chapter 3.2, certain dangerous goods shall only be forwarded as a "full load" (see
definition in 1.2.1). In such a case, the competent authorities may require the vehicle or large
container used for such carriage to be loaded at only one point and unloaded at only one point.
When orientation arrows are required packages and overpacks shall be oriented in accordance with
NOTE: Liquid dangerous goods shall be loaded below dry dangerous goods whenever practicable.
All means of containment shall be loaded and unloaded in conformity with a handling method for
which they have been designed and, where required, tested.
Mixed loading prohibition
Packages bearing different danger labels shall not be loaded together in the same vehicle or container
unless mixed loading is permitted according to the following Table based on the danger labels they
NOTE 1: In accordance with 188.8.131.52.2, separate transport documents shall be drawn up for
consignments that cannot be loaded together in the same vehicle or container.
NOTE 2: For packages containing substances or articles only of Class 1 and bearing a label
conforming to models Nos. 1, 1.4, 1.5 or 1.6, irrespective of any other danger labels required for
these packages, mixed loading shall be permitted in accordance with 184.108.40.206. The Table in 220.127.116.11
shall only apply when such packages are loaded together with packages containing substances or
articles of other classes.
Packages containing substances or articles of Class 1, bearing a label conforming to models Nos. 1,
1.4, 1.5 or 1.6 which are assigned to different compatibility groups shall not be loaded together in the
same vehicle or container, unless mixed loading is permitted in accordance with the following Table
for the corresponding compatibility groups.
For the purpose of the application of the prohibitions of mixed loading on one vehicle, no account
shall be taken of substances contained in closed containers with complete sides. Nevertheless, the
mixed loading prohibitions laid down in 18.104.22.168 concerning mixed loading of packages bearing labels
conforming to models Nos. 1, 1.4, 1.5 or 1.6 with other packages, and in 22.214.171.124 concerning mixed
loading of explosives of different compatibility groups shall also apply between dangerous goods
contained in a container and the other dangerous goods loaded on the same vehicle, whether or not the
latter goods are enclosed in one or more other containers.
Mixed loading of dangerous goods packed in limited quantities with any type of explosive substances
and articles, except those of Division 1.4 and UN Nos. 0161 and 0499, is prohibited.
Precautions with respect to foodstuffs, other articles of consumption and animal feeds
If special provision CV28 is indicated for a substance or article in Column (18) of Table A of
Chapter 3.2, precautions with respect to foodstuffs, other articles of consumption and animal feeds
shall be taken as follows.
Packages as well as uncleaned empty packagings, including large packagings and intermediate bulk
containers (IBCs), bearing labels conforming to models Nos. 6.1 or 6.2 and those bearing labels
conforming to model No. 9 containing goods of UN Nos. 2212, 2315, 2590, 3151, 3152 or 3245, shall
not be stacked on or loaded in immediate proximity to packages known to contain foodstuffs, other
articles of consumption or animal feeds in vehicles, in containers and at places of loading,
unloading or transhipment.
When these packages, bearing the said labels, are loaded in immediate proximity of packages known
to contain foodstuffs, other articles of consumption or animal feeds, they shall be kept apart from
(a) By complete partitions which should be as high as the packages bearing the said labels;
(b) By packages not bearing labels conforming to models Nos. 6.1, 6.2 or 9 or packages bearing
labels conforming to model No.9 but not containing goods of UN Nos. 2212, 2315, 2590, 3151, 3152
or 3245; or
(c) By a space of at least 0.8 m;
unless the packages bearing the said labels are provided with an additional packaging
or are d (e.g. by a sheeting, a fibreboard cover or other measures).
Limitation of the quantities carried