The present guidance is intended to provide all necessary support to the shippers and forwarders as well as the booking staff of the shipping lines and persons directly involved in packing various dangerous cargoes into transport units for their further transportation by sea. The authors would like to underline that the assisting parties shall have clear understanding of their duties since it will allow to enhance the communication between different participants of the transport chain and achieve compliance.
The provisions of the IMDG Code Amdt 38-16 has been reflected in this publication. The material in this guide is arranged in two parts. The first part describes operational steps breaking down the whole process of preparation and booking the goods into several steps, from their classification and selection of their packaging to packing the unit and producing the packing certificate.
In turn, the second part of the guidebook is giving readers a background to the Code and numerous useful references. The document will be of great practical interest to all people engaged in marine transportation of goods falling under the provisions of the IMDG Code and is therefore recommended to be placed on board.