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Principles of the IMDG Code
The IMDG Code is based on an internationally agreed system which:
Groups dangerous goods together based on the hazards they
present in transport (classification).
Contains the dangerous goods in packagings/tanks which are of
appropriate strength and which will prevent the goods escaping.
Uses hazard warning labels and other identifying marks to identify
dangerous goods in transport.
Requires standard documentation to be provided when
dangerous goods are being transported.
Lays down principles for ensuring that dangerous goods which will
react dangerously together are kept apart.
Lays down principles for where to place dangerous goods on
board ship to ensure safe transport.
Provides emergency response advice for dangerous goods
involved in a fire or spillage on board ship.