Hazardous Cargo

APL can help you meet all national and international regulations to ensure your dangerous cargoes are transported with meticulous care.

The rules governing the safe handling, stowage and shipment of cargoes that can damage life, property or the environment are many and varied. With the help of APL’s highly-trained technical teams, you can ensure that your dangerous cargoes are shipped in full accordance with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) mandatory International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and all other relevant national and local regulations governing shipping and intermodal transport.


General Terms:

  • Acceptance for loading dangerous goods on board our vessels are overseen by APL through CMA CGM Group’s Dangerous Cargo Offices (DCO) in Marseille, Le Havre, Norfolk, Hong Kong and Melbourne. No dangerous goods under the Group’s carriers’ Bill of Lading are allowed to be loaded on the Group’s vessels, or vessels chartered by the Group, or partner’s vessels without prior acceptance by the DCO who will issue an acceptance number.
  • Only dangerous goods complying with IMO rules, national and local regulations, CMA CGM Group policy, Carriers’ instructions and Ship Manager/Planner comments (if there are particular restrictions due to ships’ configuration) will be accepted by the DCO.
  • Important: A booking for shipment of dangerous goods under APL’s Bill of Lading may be loaded on board partners’ vessels. In such cases, our partners may impose additional restrictions to those listed previously.
  • Shippers will be held fully responsible for any consequences arising from their negligence, or negligence of any person working for them directly or indirectly. Acceptance of hazardous cargoes does not relieve shippers of their obligations.
  • With reference to the IMDG Code, “classification shall be made by the shipper/consignor or by the appropriate competent authority where specified in this Code”. The shipper/consignor needs to take full responsible for the product classification.
  • The shipper shall provide the Dangerous Goods Declaration and the packing certificate duly signed to APL’s local representative. Dangerous goods will not be loaded on vessels without these documents.

Hazardous Cargo Request

When making a booking for a dangerous goods shipment, please supply the following information:

  1. Consecutive Hazardous Request Number
  2. Vessel Name
  3. Voyage Number
  4. Port of Loading
  5. Port of Discharge
  6. Final Destination
  7. Port of Transhipment(if POD is different from Final Destination)
  8. Routing (if POD different from final destination and Port of origin is different from POL)
  9. Type and size of container
  10. Number and kind of outer packing
  11. Kind and number (or capacity) of inner packing (Information compulsory only if declared in limited quantity and some particular cases)
  12. Is outer packing UN approved (or equivalent) YES / NO
  13. UN Number
  14. Class/Additional Labels
  15. Correct Shipping Name for Hazardous Substance (Including chemical Hazardous Content name giving rise to hazard for NOS)
  16. Gross / Net weight (Kgs)
  17. Flash Point (minimum in Celsius)
  18. Marine Polluant YES / NO
  19. EMS & MFAG (if not given by IMDG Code, shipper to provide recommendation)
  20. Additional Details (exemption/special permit/certificates control/weathering certificate, etc.)
  21. Solid/ Liquid / Gas
  22. Emergency call number (for US ports regulated)
  23. Container number


If you have any questions, please contact your APL representative. Our procedures pertaining to dangerous goods are based on the following references:

ISM Code


SOLAS regulation


MARPOL Convention


IMDG Code


International Maritime Organisation

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