If you have dangerous goods as a consignment and the carriage of those goods including sea freight (container or RO-RO) you have to provide a dangerous goods note (DGN) for the shipping company. This docket provides the necessary information for stowage, segregation, emergency, etc.
Let’s see how to fill.
- The exporter is you and your company
- Transport Document Number—Any other docket no. like delivery note etc.
- Shipper’s reference—your own reference number
- Carrier—The shipping company
- Consignee—Name and address of the consignee
- Customs reference/status—export outside the EU. Custom reference or custom docket no.
- Fright forwarder—The name of the logistics company if applicable
- Ship’s name and voyage number—you can get this information from the shipping company
- Port of loading—For example Dublin port, you can get this information from the shipping company
- Port of discharge—for example, Antwerp, you can get this information from the shipping company
- Destination—Country of destination (NL, USA, UAE, etc.)
- Additional information—Usually emergency phone no. goes here(filled already)
- Declaration—You take the responsibility here, everything was done according to regulations
- Nature and quantity of goods—You have to put the quantity the net and gross weight here and all descriptions what you want. Do not forget the total weight, the proper shipping name (PSN), and the Emergency Response Prosedures Code (EmS Guide) For example
- Cargo : UN 1339 PHOSPHORUS HEPTASULPHIDE Class 4.1
- Stowage: Category B (On or Under Deck)
- EmS : F-G, S-G
15. Container/vehicle packing certificate-important You have to declare the goods packed and the container loaded accordance with IMDG regulations. Competent staff member has to sign it
16.Terminal receipt about goods received
17.Container no. or reg
19.Container/ vehicle Size– 20 40 or 45-foot container or size of the vehicle
20.Haulier’s name—transport company has to fill it who takes the container to the port
21.You and your company details and signature
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Hi just a quick one
I work for a company that deals in haz goods shipments I have an ADR license so can I fill out and sign dangerous goods notes for shipments going out. Tia
You can fill out CMR (international) or any other sheet (national) used for road transport based on the information received from the consignor in writing (transport order etc.). But you can’t fill out DGN (IMDG-Sea transport). DGN and all necessary certificate (container/vehicle packing certificate) has to be filled and signed by the consignor or his/her representative. DGN is the offical dangerous goods note for sea transport therefore the consignor has to declare as markings packaging and load securing are complying with IMDG regulations. Huge responsibility so do not fill any DGN.
Ive searched the whole internet and cannot find out how long a DGN is valid for? Also, does it only pertain to one journey ? Or, could a driver use the same DGN to import haz cargo (by ship) from Belgium, then export back out 6 days later ??
The DGN basically is for the shipping company. The DGN is the main source of the information about the dangerous goods you want to transport on sea. The DGN has no validity date as it provides only the shipping company with the necessary information regarding dangerous goods regulation on the sea (IMDG). Usually they take this document from the driver and keep it but I know for sure many times the driver has a copy or the shipping company gives it back when the booking process completes. As I said all they need is the information. The funny part is, this document is very important because if any event happens with the dangerous goods during the voyage the authority starts to investigate who is the responsible person for the loading, packing etc. As you probably already know a representative of the consignor has to sign the DGN and take the full responsibility for the consigning according to IMDG code. Now, this is the first reason you cannot use the same document on the way back. The person who signs the document won’t be the same I presume. Also, the consignor (exporter) and consignee won’t be the same. These details are very important in the case of an accident or any other issue. So, I highly recommend creating a new DGN for every trip.
Where do I find the codes for each dangerous goods that I am sending?
We are shipping Cardboard boxes and plastic trays from the UK to Holland
What kind of codes are you looking for? Code for designating types of packagings? ADR 6.1.2. provides you with the answer.
Can you complete a box 15 of a DGN if you are train in IATA DGR, the freight has been delivered to your company loose and then being loaded by your company aircraft pallets and then on a truck going via ferry to other countries
“The freight has been delivered to your company…” ??? I haven’t seen any freight delivered to my company. Container/vehicle packing certificate must be signed by any person who was trained about the concerning regulations and load security provisions so that person must be physically there.
Hi thank you for quick reply
Yes freight is being delivered to our company by consignor which produce a DGN, we are a handling company for an Airline and usually DG go under IATA DG on to aircraft but sometimes it is shipped on truck via ferry to Europe from which is flying out onwards to final destination.
The freight actually is first loaded on to aircraft pallet or in to aircraft container therefore, what I can witness at best is how those aircraft pallets/containers are being loaded on to lorry. When goods are in aircraft container or pallet it is not always possible to tell how well their where stowed in them therefore, I am not sure that I should be expected to sing CVPC for at least that reason not mention about load security provisions which I don’t recall being told about by my company.
I am also wondering what kind of training should be given to person completing CVPC box. Can that be in house training prepared by a company in the way they see fit or should that be a professional training needing to be refreshed after certain period and it comes with some sort of certificate. Should that person hold valid ADR or IMDG license ?
Well, if the package is prepared by IATA, that’s good news. What must be done on the “road” is that the vehicle must be documented and marked in accordance with the ADR agreement, and you need a driver with an appropriate license, if the goods are not exempted according to ADR.
The transport according to ADR 220.127.116.11.1 must be indicated on the document, as this is a multimodal transport. If the vehicle has to use a ferry, then according to IMDG you have to check that everything will be fine, but since it is shipped according to IATA, probably won’t be any problems. For the ferry, you will also need the DGN issued by the loader. The container/vehicle packing certificate can be signed by a person who knows the relevant regulations and takes responsibility for their compliance. This can be a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) or a person who has been trained by the DGSA on how to, for example, mark, pack or document that dangerous goods. If you have more hazardous goods to work with like this, it is worth hiring a DGSA or contracting with a company that provides such services.
Apologies for keep bothering You but the information provided by You is gold in my future conversation with my management (it more and more looks like they did not do their homework properly on what I need to know before giving me the responsibility). I really appreciate it and thank you for your time.
When you say “relevant regulation and take responsibility for their compliance” do you mean IMDG,/ADR rules regarding segregation and stowage in vehicle container ? I presume those are not exactly the same as the one in IATA DGR
Safe to say that thus far it looks like being train in IATA DGR is not sufficient knowledge to sing of VCPC box / document :(.
I will soon be driving a van from Germany to England using a ferry. The goods I have with me are declared by ATA carnet and will be used to show them to potential customers. After that I will drive back to Germany. So, strictly speaking, there is no consignee, since I take the goods back with me at the end. What do I enter in the field of the consignee in this case?
In this case the consignee is the owner of the goods. So probably the consigner of the goods. Therefore the consignee and the consigner will be the same company or person. But of course the delivery address will be the English address.
Thank you very much for the answer, which I appreciate. This is exactly the crux of the matter. Our company does not have an address in England. We will demonstrate our equipment to various potential customers for a limited period of time and then take it back to Germany.
I have two things in mind: Either I write exactly the same info at exporter and consignee or I write “not applicable” at consignee. What do you think?
The case is very similar to the case of “selling from a vehicle”. So, in my opinion, the address should be the United Kingdom and I would describe the exact situation as a comment that the demonstration takes various place.
A quick question. We are shipping 50ml reed diffusers by sea. When it states the “Gross Mass” and “Net Mass” is the “Gross Mass” the liquid plus the glass container?
In the IMDG book it states under 18.104.22.168 “Whenever the mass of a package is mentioned, the gross mass is meant unless otherwise stated. The mass of containers or tanks used for the transport of goods is not included in the gross mass.
So is it implying that the mass of container would be the glass, therefore meaning that i wouldnt need to add this weight on the DGN?
In this case, the gross mass of the consignment is the liquid plus the glasses plus the packaging, if any. The “container used for the transport of goods” is the container in which the goods (consignments) are placed. Typically 20, 40, 45-foot containers or other units CTU used for transporting goods.
How can I find the following details for my DGN?
The UN Number
The Proper Shipping Name
The IMO Class
The consignor or manufacturer of the goods has the material’s safety data sheet. They must also provide this upon request. The safety data sheet contains all such information. In practice, these data should arrive together with the order in the case of dangerous goods transport order.
I’ve got the safety data sheet but there is no IMO number.
IMO number or IMO class? The IMO number identifies the ship. The IMO class identifies the class number of the dangerous goods. If you have the UN number then you can identify the IMO class easily. https://www.tibagroup.com/mx/en/imo-classification-dangerous-goods