DG Goods Announcement

Dear Customers
We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your continuous supporting to Wan Hai Lines.
As your satisfaction of our service and the safety of your valuable cargoes are always our greatest concerns, we have to invite for your kind attention to the proper procedure when consigning HAZARDOUS CARGO. For which is not only the way to secure ocean transportation, but also a very important issue all of us must consider.

Customers are mandatory to declare hazardous cargo before booking spaces from carriers so that carriers are able to arrange suitable stowage based on the declaration. We therefore sincerely appeal to all of our customers that when entrusting hazardous cargoes, except for proper packing and hazardous marks on the goods based on the relevant conventions, laws, standards and rules, it is very important for you to give carriers a clear notification, make special remark on Shipping order and fill in all relevant forms such as Dangerous Cargo Declaration Form.

Since it is the shippers' responsibility to declare dangerous cargo, Wan Hai will have no alternative but to hold your good company legally liable for all losses of Wan Hai and any other third parties caused by any accidents resulted from any failure and omission of your obligation.

Your understanding to the above and cooperation will be highly appreciated.

Sincerely Yours

    There are many everyday commodities that are dangerous cargo goods, including: printing ink and related materials; resin solution, tars, and liquids such as road oils and cutback bitumens; celluloid in block, rods, rolls, sheets, tubes, etc., except scrap; copra in fibrous, vegetable or dry form; cotton; fishmeal; seed cake; oxalic acid; batteries in dry or lithium metal form; polymeric beads; expandable or flammable liquids N.O.S; gas powered vehicles (forklifts, cars, helicopters); paint; refrigerators; matches; air bags; fire extinguishers; carbon black; fireworks (prohibited on Wan Hai Lines); and aerosols (hair/ glue/insecticides). Under the regulations contained in International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code 37-14 (IMDG Code 37-14), all of these items must be declared as dangerous cargo.

    IMDG Code was made on the basis of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS), and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973/1978 (MARPOL). Its purpose is to protect crews and prevent vessels carrying dangerous cargo from polluting the sea environment. The Code will be updated and revised every two years by the Sub-Committee on the Carriage of Cargo and Containers (CCC) – formerly DSC – of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Carriers (shippers/consignees) shall follow different versions of IMDG Code in different years. For example, in 2017 carriers (shippers/consignees) could choose to follow IMDG Code 38-16 or IMDG Code 39-18.

    Dangerous goods (DG) pose a particularly high risk when transported in large quantities. They are more explosive, flammable, toxic, radioactive, or corrosive than general cargo and thus pose a greater hazard to the environment. For these reasons, they must be declared as DG, labeled with DG placards, and stowed and segregated. In addition, shippers must fill out DG declarations and other related documents. Then, if a fire or spillage occurs, appropriate emergency measures under the IMDG Code can be taken.

    In light of potential hazards, Wan Hai established a “DG Desk” to check if dangerous cargo's packing meets IMDG Code and check Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to see if cargo is dangerous. The desk also assists with training staff responsible for document processing, sales, and operations while answering shippers' DG-related queries.

    If you have any dangerous cargo problems, please feel free to contact Wan Hai’s sales department, which will provide assistance through consultation with the DG Desk.

    Dangerous Cargo Introduction
    According to IDMG Code, there are nine categories of dangerous cargo.
    CLASS 1 -Explosives
    CLASS 2 -Gases
    2.1 -Flammable gases
    2.2 -Non-Flammable, Non-Toxic gases
    2.3 -Toxic gases
    CLASS 3 -Flammable liquids
    CLASS 4 -Dangerous solids -
    4.1 -Flammable solids
    4.2 -Spontaneous combustion substance
    4.3 -The substance that emit flammable gases when wet water
    CLASS 5 -5.1-Oxidizing substances
    5.2 -Organic peroxides
    CLASS 6 - 6.1-Toxic substances
    6.2 -Infectious substances
    CLASS 7 -Radioactive material
    CLASS 8 -Corrosive substances
    CLASS 9 -Miscellaneous dangerous substances
    Related prohibited items please refer to DG prohibit item list. ( download )

    Important Items Related to Dangerous Cargo Transportation
    Shipper's Responsibilities and Liabilities
    1. Packing must be carried out in accordance with regulations announced by the national competent authority.
    2. Packing must follow the company's instructions.
    3. After packing, labels and placards must be attached correctly and clearly.
    4. Lashing must be secured to prevent any slip or collision resulting from force majeure.
    5. DG placards must be placed on the four sides of outside containers.
    6. Fill in DG declaration and provide MSDS and other documents required by the related port authority to Wan Hai sales.

    Required Information in the Shipper's DG Declaration
    1. Proper shipping name
    2. Class, sub-risk
    3. UN number
    4. Packing group
    5. Packing material and quantities
    6. If it is MP, LQ, EQ, LP, IBC, or not
    7. Flash point
    8. 24 hours emergency contact PIC and phone number
    9. Properties and observation of dangerous cargo
  • DG Declaration Format