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Transport of dangerous goods
Transport of dangerous goods

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In a highly industrialized society, dangerous goods are frequently used and of course also transported. When transporting such goods, it is important to protect the life and health of humans and animals and to prevent threats to public safety and order.

Therefore, international regulations have been created for the transport of dangerous goods which, in principle, ensure the safe carriage of these sensitive goods. The regulations are continuously reviewed and evolved taking into consideration scientific and technological findings. The regulations are published in the Federal Law Gazettes I and II and where necessary supplemented by publications in the Federal Ministry of Transport Gazette.

Here, particular attention is devoted to the classification, the packaging and the marking of the dangerous goods, to the construction, the equipment and the inspection of the vehicles and tanks as well as to the training of dangerous goods advisors, drivers and other persons involved in the transport of dangerous goods.

In the course of 2001, the dangerous goods regulations for the different modes were introduced in a restructured form. They are now presented in an easier to understand and more coordinated manner. Every two years, the regulations are adapted to ongoing developments.

Due to the great number of non-German-language queries,

  • the Ordinance on the Domestic and International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road, Rail and Inland Waterways (GGVSEB)

has been translated into English. This translation can be found in the attachments section.

The translation of the Ordinance on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Sea from 09th February 2016 is still being processed and will be available for download as soon as it is available.

The English translation is for information purposes. Only the German version is legally binding.

The “Memorandum of Understanding for the Transport of Packaged Dangerous Goods on Ro-Ro Ships in the Baltic Sea” (MoU) is a multilateral agreement between Baltic Sea states on the transport of dangerous goods. The MoU provides for facilitation in combined transport. It is published in German and English in the Federal Ministry of Transport Gazette (see attachments).

Moreover, additional information is available on the German-language website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. (see internal links)

Below, you will find links to national and international institutions relevant to the carriage of dangerous goods (see external links).