What is a Dangerous Goods Note and when is one required?


A dangerous goods note is usually completed by a consignor who has personnel qualified within the company to complete this document.  The “DGN” as it is usually called contains all the hazardous information required by the haulier/shipping line/air freight forwarder to be able to transport the consignment in a safe manner. 

A DGN is required for air and sea freight irrespective of whether the consignment is classed as limited quantities or fully regulated. 

Road freight is slightly different in that a DGN is not required for limited quantities, but a Vehicle Packing Certificate is required if the consignment is a full load and the road journey precedes a sea journey.   

Information required on the DGN includes –

  1. UN Number
  2. Proper Shipping Name together with the technical name if an N.O.S entry (not otherwise specified)
  3. Class
  4. Packing group when relevant
  5. Number and description of the packages
  6. Total quantity of each item of dangerous goods bearing a different UN number, proper shipping name, packing group
  7. Name and address of consignor
  8. Name and address of consignee
  9. Tunnel restriction code (unless it is known beforehand that carriage will not be through a tunnel with restrictions.

Example of a permitted dangerous goods description is

 “UN 1193 Ethyl Methyl Ketone, 3, II, (D/E)."

Reference should always be made to the regulations as the information required varies for some items and Classes of dangerous goods. 


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