Transporting chemicals and chemical products to businesses or consumers

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Are you planning to transport chemicals and chemical products that may be classified as dangerous goods?

There are specific provisions for the transport of dangerous goods (see glossary for definition/classification of a dangerous good). The relevant provision will depend on what mode of transport is being used:

Road and Rail Transport

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code (7th edition) applies to road and rail transport of dangerous goods and includes information on:

  • Classification
  • Packaging
  • Documentation, marking and labelling
  • Segregation
  • Emergency information and a range of other provisions.

If you are transporting large quantities by road or rail, you may need a dangerous goods driver’s licence and a licensed dangerous goods vehicle. These licences are issued by state and territory agencies.

Transport by Sea

If the chemical product is classified as a dangerous good and being transported by sea, it will need to comply with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. This is regulated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Transport by Air

If the chemical product is classified as a dangerous good and being transported by air, it will need to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. This is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).classification, packing, packaging, marking, labelling and documentation. Training requirements also apply. This is regulated in Australia by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).


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