IMO releases IMDG CODE, 2020 Edition (incorporating Amendment 40-20) (IM200E)


The IMDG Code lays down basic principles on the transport of dangerous goods by sea. It contains detailed recommendations for individual substances, materials and articles and a number of recommendations for good operational practice, including advice on terminology, packing, labelling, stowage, segregation and handling and emergency response action.

Although the information in the Code is directed primarily at the mariner, its provisions may affect a range of industries and services, such as manufacturers, packers, shippers, feeder services such as road and rail and port authorities.

Amendment 40-20 includes revisions to various sections of the Code and to transport requirements for specific substances. It is mandatory as from 1 June 2022 but may be applied by Administrations in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2021.

VOLUME 1 (parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7) contains:

  • general provisions, definitions and training
  • classification
  • packing and tank provisions
  • consignment procedures
  • construction and testing of packagings, IBCs, large packagings, portable tanks, MEGCs and road tank vehicles
  • transport operations

VOLUME 2 contains:

  • part 3 (Dangerous Goods List, special provisions and exceptions)
  • Appendix A (list of generic and N.O.S. proper shipping names) and Appendix B (glossary of terms)
  • Index

IMDG CODE Supplement, 2020 Edition (IK210E)

This publication contains several texts related to the IMDG Code, such as the Revised Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods (EmS Guide) and
the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG). This edition supersedes the previous one with immediate effect.

Poster: IMDG CODE labels, marks and signs, 2020 Edition (II223E)

This updated full-colour A2 poster illustrates the labels, marks and signs required under SOLAS and detailed in the IMDG Code.