23 Jan 2012

New Compulsory Declaration for Transports of Vehicles with Combustion Engines in Containers (as of 01.01.2012)

Ludwigshafen. 23.01.2012 | At the beginning of this year, the 35th Amendment of the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) Codes for the transport of combustion engines in containers came into force:

This tightening-up of the existing transport regulations means that even if there is only a very small residue of fuel in the tank, the vehicle to be transported has to be declared as Dangerous Goods. The battery has to be disconnected and the load has to be secured.


However, since vehicles have to be moved into or out of the container under their own power, both when delivered to the Contargo terminal sites and at the final destination of the container, a residual amount of fuel in the vehicle is required in any case.

We would thus ask our customers who order a transport for a vehicle with a combustion engine (fuelled by flammable liquids or flammable gases) to provide the following information:

In addition to the usual import and export documents, please also provide the following document 

  • "Transport Document for Dangerous Goods" filled in and signed in accordance with IMO Declaration § 8 GGVSee (click to view) the vehicle will then be declared as Dangerous Goods UN 3166

The document will then be countersigned by us and will be marked with the corresponding container number.

The containers do not, however, receive a Dangerous Goods label, but are sealed by us, as previously, with a High Security Seal.

We ask your understanding for this increased administrative effort, in the interests of a smooth running transport.

If you have any questions, our Senior Technical Manager Contargo Group will be pleased to help you:

Markus Stengel
Phone: +49 (0) 7271 9227 20
Mobile: +49 (0) 171 835 6280
E-Mail: mstengel@contargo.net


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