IMDG CODE

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code was first published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1965 and is now updated every two years. As of January 2004, the Code has been mandatory for the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) signatory states, effectively making it a global rulebook for the sea transport of Dangerous Goods.

Although it is directed primarily at sea transport, the provisions of the Code may affect a whole range of industries and services. Manufacturers, packers, shippers, feeder services such as road and rail and port authorities will find authoritative advice on classification, stowage, segregation, packing, labelling, terminology and emergency response action.

In addition to publishing the printed version of the Code, IMO has produced the electronic versions to meet the need for fast, accurate information retrieval and to cater for the differing needs of users.

IMDG Code for Windows Version V13 (Amendment 38-16)
[V13, Valid 01 January 2017]
Full program (60 MB)
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Note: It is recommended that you ‘Save’ the installation file to your local machine. If you simply want to install IMDG Code for Windows on the current machine and don’t require a saved copy of the file then click on the above link and select ‘Run’. Please note that different browsers may have different download procedures.

IMDG 2016 Amendment 38-16 is valid 01 January 2017, mandatory from 01 January 2018.

Summary of key changes:

There are many changes to the 2016 edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The significant changes are outlined below.
There have been significant changes in Part 2 Classification, to include: a method of using test data to classify
substances that are listed in the Dangerous Goods List (DGL) but meet the classification criteria for a hazard class
or division that is not identified in the list; new criteria and documentation requirements for assigning fireworks to hazard divisions; the addition of new criteria for determining viscosity in Class 3 flammable liquids; the inclusion of polymerizing substances under Class 4.1; and new sections defining gases, flammable liquids, toxic substances, and corrosives that are not accepted for transport.

New packing instructions have been added: P005 for the new Engine proper shipping names under UN3528, UN3529
and UN3530; P412 for the new UN3527 “POLYESTER RESIN KIT, solid base material”; and P910 for the prototype and
low production runs of lithium cells and batteries.

A new large packaging packing instruction LP200 for aerosols has been added.

A new Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods label has been adopted for use when shipping lithium metal and
lithium ion cells and batteries (new SP384).

The “Overpack” mark now has a 12 mm minimum height requirement.

New ISO standards have been incorporated into the applicable packing instructions for gases and the design and
construction criteria of UN pressure receptacles and multiple-element gas containers.

Updates to the DGL:

  • The proper shipping name entries for Engines and Vehicles under UN3166 have been separated. UN3166 now covers only “Vehicle” entries and “Engines” now fall under new UN3528, UN3529, and UN3530 entries.
  • Polyester resin kits have been separated into two entries: UN3269 “POLYESTER RESIN KIT, liquid base material”
    and new UN3527 “POLYESTER RESIN KIT, solid base material”.
  • Polymerizing substances of Class 4.1 have been assigned to new entries UN3531, UN3532, UN3533 and UN3534.

Special Provisions for shipping certain common items have been added, revised or removed:

  • SP188 now requires a standardized lithium battery mark for excepted shipments of lithium cells and batteries.
  • SP312, 363, 961 and 962 have been revised; SP380 and 385 have been added; and SP970 has been removed due to the separation of the proper shipping name entries for Engines and Vehicles.
  • SP236 now includes Class 4.1 solid base materials for polyester resin kits.
  • SP310 the lithium battery prototype and low production packaging requirements have been moved to a new packing instruction (P910).

Note: This is a guide only. Users must check with official sources before relying on the information.

Click here to download a PDF of the summary of changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which amendment of the IMDG Code should I use?
2. Which version do I use during a transition year?
3. What’s new in Amendment 38-16?
4. What if I need help in understanding or interpreting the content of the IMDG Code?
5. What are the differences between IMDG Code for Windows, IMDG Code on the Web and IMDG Code for Intranet?
6. How do I get pricing information?

1. Which amendment of the IMDG Code should I use?

37-14 or 38-16

Amendment 37-14 is mandatory from 01 January 2016 and may be used until 31 December 2017. This amendment is contained in IMDG Code for Windows Version 12.
Amendment 38-16 is valid from 01 January 2017, mandatory 01 January 2018 and may be used until 31 December 2019. This amendment is contained in IMDG Code for Windows Version 13.

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2. Which version do I use during a transition year?

A transition year is when IMDG Code amendments overlap, and operational use of either amendment is permitted, subject to National Administrations adoption.

Click here to see the amendment cycle.

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3. What’s new in Amendment 38-16?

Click here to see a summary of changes.

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4. What if I need help in understanding or interpreting the content of the IMDG Code?

Contact your own National Competent Authority. Details are in IMDG Code 7.9.3.

Hint: Enter 7.9.3 into the Search field of your IMDG electronic product and press Enter. Scroll down the list of countries until you find your own National Competent Authority details.

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5. What are the differences between IMDG Code for Windows, IMDG Code on the Web and IMDG Code for Intranet?

There are two main factors that should help you decide which product suits your requirements:

  • Number of anticipated users
  • Method of access (e.g., via the internet)

IMDG Code for Windows (ZK200E)
This the ideal solution for single users who need frequent and guaranteed access. IMDG Code for Windows is a stand-alone product installed locally on your computer, either via download or installed from a CD. Once it is installed, internet access is not required.

Each computer on which it is installed must be licenced and is activated with an activation code. For ease of maintenance and updating, the product can be installed a shared network and accessed by multiple users, but each networked computer requires a unique activation code.

IMDG Code for Intranet (DJ201E)
In some cases, the method of access will be the main criterion for determining which product meets the requirements of your organisation. For example, if you are a medium sized business/large organisation and your end users have no internet access, you may consider hosting the IMDG Code on your own intranet server.

IMDG Code on the Web (S200E)
For occasional use from any location, provided an internet connection is present, IMDG Code on the Web provides an economical way of accessing the IMDG Code. Several users can share the same “username”, but only one user at a time.

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6. How do I get pricing information?

Click here to see list of authorized distributors.

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