IMDG Code, 2020 Edition (Incorporating Amendment 40-20), 2 Volume Set

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Media IMDG Code on Web
Language English
Publisher International Maritime Organization
ISBN 9789280100501

IMDG Description

Many maritime countries have taken steps to regulate the carriage of dangerous goods by sea, based on the safety considerations set out in parts A and A-1 of chapter VII of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended. More recently, as marine pollution has become a serious concern, countries have taken further steps to regulate the carriage of marine pollutants, as described in Annex III of MARPOL. The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, which was first published in 1965, amplifies the requirements of both Conventions and has become the standard guide to all aspects of handling dangerous goods and marine pollutants in sea transport.

What’s in it
The IMDG Code lays down basic principles: 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.

Who uses it
Although the information in the Code is directed primarily at the mariner, its provisions may affect a range of industries and services: manufacturers, packers, shippers, feeder services such as road and rail, and port authorities will find reliable advice on terminology, packing, labelling, classification, stowage, segregation, and emergency response action.

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


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.

Spanish ISBN: 9789280131734

Digital IMDG Code

IMDG Code, 2020 Edition in e-Reader Format:
Product Code: (KM200E)(KM200S)(KM200F)


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IMDG Code on Web:
Product Code: (S200E)

IMDG Code on the Web Amendment 40-20 is an online annual subscription service providing online access to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code .


  • Contains the full text of the IMDG Code and Supplement
  • Searchable by Proper Shipping Name, UN Number, Packing Instruction, Special Provisions and other IMDG Code references
  • Searchable by French and Spanish Proper Shipping Names
  • Extensive cross-referencing
  • On-screen colour displays of hazard labels, signs and marks
  • Medical First Aid Guide illustrations
  • Future errata updates are incorporated into the content as soon as they are available


  • Make checks against the most up-to date IMDG Code information
  • Easy to login and look up information from any PC or laptop with internet capability
  • Individual or multiple user company logins are available

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