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Carriage of dangerous goods

Any goods that pose a risk to people, property and the environment are classified as dangerous goods and are assigned to different classes ranging from 1 to 9. These types of goods can range from those which are highly dangerous (such as explosives, flammables and fuming acids) to everyday products such as paints, solvents and pesticides found in the home and at work. When transported these goods need to be packaged correctly as laid out in the various international and national regulations for each mode of transport to ensure that they are carried safely to minimise the risk of an incident.

Below are four different modes of transport which dangerous goods are carried. Please select a mode for further information.

To contact the Dangerous Goods Division regarding operational queries please contact us.

Please do not use the DfT general enquiry email address as this may result in a delay to your query being dealt with.

Dangerous Goods Database

If you transport dangerous goods by road, you need to comply with the relevant requirements laid down in the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous goods by Road (known as ADR) for the specific substance you want to transport. In order to quickly find where in the legislation you need to look for these requirements, you can use the dangerous goods database.

The database (which will be further developed over the coming months to provide greater functionality) is aimed at making it easier for people who transport dangerous goods to find out what they need to do to ensure they move their goods safely, securely and in compliance with the legislation.

Access the Dangerous Goods database


Proposed meetings and other information regarding the transport of dangerous goods.


Carriage of dangerous goods by Road

Guidance on policies for the carriage of dangerous goods by road transport.

Carriage of dangerous goods by Rail

Guidance on policies for the carriage of dangerous goods by rail transport.

Carriage of dangerous goods by Sea

Guidance on policies for the carriage of dangerous goods by sea transport.

Carriage of dangerous goods by Air

Guidance on policies for the carriage of dangerous goods by air transport.

Safety Alert

Information on current safety alerts involving the carriage of dangerous goods.

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