The transport of dangerous goods (DGs) by road, rail, sea and air is regulated by external legislation. DGs transported for the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) are subject to further regulations and legislation. Packaging and segregation requirements for DGs vary for shipping and air transport (helicopters and fixed wing aircraft).

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is adhered to for the safe transportation or shipment of DGs (or hazardous materials) by water on vessel.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) is the only global standard recognised by airlines for shipping dangerous goods by air.

If you are sending DGs to the AAD for on forwarding to the AAP you must have a current, relevant and valid Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each DG item (each DG UN number)

Please refer to the below guidance before DGs are ordered, purchased, prepared or consigned to the AAD:

  • DGs must be properly packaged for safe transport
  • All DGs (and outer packages) must be clean and free from Biosecurity Risk Material
  • Attach a valid and relevant SDS to the DG consignment
  • Email a copy of the SDS to
  • Physically separate and segregate DG items from other items/cargo
  • Create separate consignments in Econ to reflect DG items and general items/cargo - these cannot be packed together or consigned together

Note: Only an accredited person (IATA/IMDG) can pack DGs for transport. If an accredited DG packer cannot pack DGs, please hand deliver DGs cargo to the AAD, for packing and processing. The AAD has a comprehensive range of UN approved packaging suitable for commonly shipped DGs to Antarctica.