COSTHA’s Dangerous Goods Supply Chain Logistics Transportation Panel includes representatives from all aspects of industry with a shared goal of providing the shipping industry awareness and education tools to reduce mis-declared or undeclared dangerous goods shipments.

One of the objectives for this group is to provide comprehensive resources (included below) for all modes of transport in one easy to access location to assist shippers preparing dangerous goods.

If you would like to learn more about COSTHA and the Dangerous Goods Supply Chain Logistics Transportation Panel, please contact 518-761-0389 or email

Above are links to various resources and subject matters. COSTHA provides these links for informational purposes only. The material contained on these pages does not constitute professional advice on this subject matter and does not imply any endorsement by COSTHA. While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date. Nothing on this webpage constitutes advice by COSTHA. Persons with questions regarding any of the information or transportation of dangerous goods should consult a qualified professional and/or legal counsel.

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Air Transportation

IATA Accredited Training

IATA Training Partners website

IATA Dangerous Goods

International Aviation Transportation Association's (IATA) dangerous goods website - find significant changes and addenda to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)

IATA Forms

IATA DG Documentation website - find significant changes, the nickel metal hydride battery guidance document and links to other forms

IATA Lithium Batteries

IATA Lithium Battery website

ICAO State Variations

The variations that appear on this site are reproduced from the 2021-2022 Edition of the Technical Instructions and also include new and modified variations submitted by States since the publication of the Instructions. This site will be updated on a regular basis to incorporate additional changes submitted.


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2021 IATA Guidance Document – Battery Powered Cargo Tracking Devices / Data Loggers

2021 IATA Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Guidance Document

2021 IATA Small Vehicles Powered by Lithium Batteries

2023 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document

U.S. PHMSA Lithium Battery Guide for Shippers 2021

U.S. PHMSA Safety Advisory Notice for the Disposal and Recycling of Lithium Batteries in Commercial Transportation 2022

U.S. PHMSA Shipping Batteries Safely

U.S. PHMSA Test Summary Brochure 2022

Battery Resources. The website may be useful for you, it includes a “Battery Atlas” for Europe with names of manufacturers, material suppliers, testing facilities, etc. They are working on a battery atlas for the US, but for now they do have a chart with battery projects, click here (2022)
COSTHA Member Webinar Series 2022: Lithium Batteries presentations / recordings available (member login required)


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Carrier Guidance

2022 FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Shipping Job Aid

2022 FedEx Express dry ice job aid: U.S.

2022 FedEx Express dry ice job aid: U.S.

2022 FedEx Express Lithium Battery Checklist

2022 FedEx Express Non-Radioactive Checklist

2022 FedEx Express Radioactive Checklist

2022 FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Shipping Guide

2022 FedEx U.S. Domestic Shipments of Ethyl Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer

2022 Hand Sanitizer Transportation Exception for Flammable Liquid


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Country/Region Specific


ADR 2023 - Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road | UNECE


ADN 2023 - European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways | UNECE


Argentina's regulations from the Secretary of Transportation - in Spanish only 

Australia ADG

Australia Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) website - full text in PDF


Bolivia's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only


Brazil's regulations from the National Land Transportation Agency - in Portuguese only

Canada TDG








Canada's Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations

Dangerous Goods Marks PDF

Transport Canada Dangerous Goods Marks. This bulletin explains the labelling and placarding requirements. It does not change, create, amend or suggest deviations to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations). For specific details, consult Part 4 of the TDG Regulations. The term “dangerous goods safety mark” is replaced with “dangerous goods mark” throughout the English version of the TDG Regulations and this document to reflect the terminology being used in the Act. This change will allow internal consistency with no change in the meaning. The terminology in the TDG Regulations is being modified as the TDG Regulations are updated. Read more… (May 13, 2024 – Transport Canada)


Chile's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only


Colombia's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only - full text in PDF

Costa Rica

Costa Rica's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only - full text in PDF


Ecuador's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only - full text in PDF


Directorate General of Civil Aviation


The Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR for its Spanish initials)

Mexico NOMs

Mexico's Normas Oficiales Mexicanas for land transport of DG - in Spanish only

New Zealand

New Zealand's Dangerous Goods Regulatory System Map from the Ministry of Transport - full text in PDF

New Zealand

New Zealand's Transporting DG Safely industry guide from the Ministry of Transport - full text in PDF


Paraguay's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only - also see MERCOSUR


Peru's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only - full text in PDF


Uruguay's regulations from the Ministry of Transportation - in Spanish only


Venezuela's regulations from Fondonorma - in Spanish only - full text in PDF


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Dangerous Goods Regulatory Resources

ADR 2023


49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations
DOT Chart 17


Transport Canada – Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR)

UN Model Regulations (Rev. 22)
Volume 1
Volume 2

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS, Rev. 9, 2021)

UN Manual of Tests and Criteria (rev. 7)

USPS Publication 52 – Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable (PUB 52)

UK Department for Transport

Hazardous Matters Quarterly Newsletter. Stay informed on the latest news from PHMSA, subscribe here today



IMO Documents & Resources

Register for a free IMODOCS public account here


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Emergency Response

2020 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

Developed by Canada, Mexico and the United States for emergency responders, includes instructions on how to deal with dangerous goods accidents; Argentina is now party to the ERG; available in English, French and Spanish and as a downloadable app for your smart phone

Canada ERAP

Determining if an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) is required

Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List

Published by TSO for the U.K. Home Office with a list produced by NCEC. Used in connection with ADR/RID for emergency response in a dangerous goods accident.


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Hand sanitizer has been a staple product for the last few years as the world has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies are now dealing with a shelf life issue for excess sanitizers. Several COSTHA members are looking for possible ways to deal with surplus hand sanitizer that does not trigger hazwaste disposal requirements. COSTHA is collecting solutions (recycling partners, Federal or State EPA-recognized solutions, etc.) and resources for handling this growing problem.

Please find information and resources below. If you have any additional information / recommendations, please send them to 


Regulatory References 3rd Party Facilities to Manage Reclamation of Excess Hand Sanitizer that is Past / Approaching Expiration Date

See ethanol-based hand sanitizer recycling under the following exemption in the Hazardous Waste regulations:

40 CFR 261.6(a)(3)(i)

Parallel Products - Louisville, KY

Links to Hazardous Waste Programs and U.S. State Environmental Agencies

Dynamic Recycling – Bristol, TN

FDA: Q&A for Industry | Withdrawal of Temporary Hand Sanitizer Guidances:

7. If manufacturers still have undistributed hand sanitizer produced under the temporary guidances after March 31, 2022, what steps should they take?

ANSWER: If, after March 31, 2022, manufacturers still have undistributed hand sanitizer that was prepared under the temporary policies (products produced on or before December 31, 2021), manufacturers should destroy these products. After March 31, 2022, only hand sanitizer products prepared in compliance with all applicable requirements, including the tentative final monograph for over-the-counter topical antiseptics, as amended, should be distributed. Manufacturers should maintain records with information concerning a returned drug product’s destruction, including the product name, manufacturer, lot number, quantity, disposition date, and disposition method. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency and your local waste management and recycling center for information on safe disposal.

8. How should manufacturers dispose of alcohol/isopropyl alcohol after December 31, 2021, that will no longer be used to produce hand sanitizer under the temporary guidances? 

ANSWER:  While hand sanitizers are regulated by FDA as over-the-counter (OTC) drug products, disposal of hazardous waste, including flammable liquids such as alcohol, is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and local waste management authorities. We recommend contacting your local waste management and recycling center for more information on hazardous waste disposal.


COSTHA has collected and compiled this webpage which consists of best management practices shared by members as possible solutions for disposal of surplus hand sanitizer. We do not suggest that following the information provided on this webpage will ensure compliance nor do we endorse or have specific relationships with the companies listed. Inclusion of this information on the COSTHA website is for members use only. We strongly encourage you review all options with appropriate waste management departments and legal counsel.


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What To Do When the Inspector Calls. COSTHA’s Dangerous Goods Supply Chain Logistics Transportation Panel members reviewed and updated COSTHA’s What to Do When the DOT Hazardous Materials Inspector Comes Calling document (June 2023)

Press Release: Dangerous Goods Warehousing White Paper (December 14, 2021). The International Vessel Operators Dangerous Goods Association (IVODGA) partnered with the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), National Cargo Bureau (NCB) and World Shipping Council (WSC) to combine their expertise and experience to develop a Dangerous Goods Warehousing White Paper.

See links to press release, white paper and warehouse checklist below. 

Press Release

White Paper



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PHMSA Interpretations / Special Permits / Approvals

PHMSA oCFR - Interpretation Letter Search

PHMSA Online CFR (oCFR) Quick Reference Guide


PHMSA Special Permits & Approvals


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International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials - full text in PDF


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49 CFR

U.S. regulations - Full text electronic version of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations


Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail - used primarily in the EU - full text in PDF


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49 CFR

U.S. regulations - Full text electronic version of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations

49 CFR DOT Chart 17

Markings, Labeling, and Placarding Guide

49 CFR Guidance

How to Use the Hazardous Materials Regulations

ADG Edition 7.7

Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail

ADR full text

Official Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) from the UN website

ADR Instructions in Writing

Linguistic versions of ADR written instructions for drivers on what to do in the event of an accident or emergency

ADR Tool

ADR Tool for route planning and placarding job aid


Frequently Asked Questions compiled and grouped by topic.

PHMSA Interpretations Browser

List of the sections that have interpretations available for the selected category

TDGR Placard Flow Chart

Transport Canada Placarding Guidance and Flow Chart

US National Hazardous Materials Route Registry

U.S. list of Designated, Preferred and Restricted Routes


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Training Resources

PHMSA Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules Access here

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) has developed this free online training module program to meet the requirements for general awareness/familiarization training and to serve as the basis for function-specific training. The “8.0 Security Requirements” training module meets the requirement for security awareness training.

All hazmat employees (as defined in § 171.8 of the HMR) must receive training that includes general awareness/familiarization training, function-specific training, safety training, and security awareness training. See Subpart H of Part 172 of the HMR for all training requirements.


COSTHA Member - Training Services

Click here for a listing of our member companies that provide hazardous materials / dangerous goods training courses & services.




Become a Hazmat Trainer!

Florida South Western State College has partnered with industry experts, Hazmat Safety
Consultants,LLC and the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association to develop a remote
Train-the-Trainer course that blends industry knowledge and adult-learning philosophies to
prepare the student to become a Hazmat Trainer. See flyer here

To register, click here


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European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN) from the UN website

Book it right and pack it tight





Guidance on packing dangerous goods for carriage by sea – IMDG Code Amendment 41-22

"Pack It Right Pack It Tight" publication by TT Club (P & I) includes proper classification and shipping paper preparation.

Copyright © 2023 jointly held by Thomas Miller P&I Ltd and Through Transport Mutual Services (UK) Ltd. All rights reserved. Users of this guide may reproduce or transmit it verbatim only. Any other use, including derivative guidance based on this guide, in any form or by any means is subject to prior permission in writing from the copyright holders. 

CTU Code

IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) - full text PDF

CTU Quick Guides and Checklists

World Shipping Council's CTU Code Quick Guides and Container Packing Checklists


International Maritime Organization - publishers of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG)

IMO Forms

IMO Forms and Certificates may be found here, including the multi-modal DG form


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Vessel Operator Prohibition and Restrictions Lists (P&R)

2M Alliance

  • MAERSK  -  This one is a contact your local office
  • ZIM – This one is a contact your local office
  • SM Line

Ocean Alliance

  • CMA CGM local offices – select location then Export
  • OOCL - This one is a contact your local office

THE Alliance

  • Hapag-Lloyd Restricted Commodities 
  • HMM Prohibited & Restricted Cargo List
  • Yang Ming Dangerous Cargo Information


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Vessel Port Restrictions / Issues

Terminals hazardous/customer service emails/numbers:

Los Angeles / Long Beach



East Coast



New York / New Jersey


South Carolina Ports Authority


North Carolina Port Authority


Virginia International Terminals, Inc.








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United States Postal Service (USPS)

2021 Poster 298 Domestic Hazardous Materials Warning Labels and Markings

USPS - Make HAZMAT Shipping Safer for Everyone

USPS Publication 52 (Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service Publication 52 - Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail)


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United Nations


United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) - guidance on Safety Data Sheet (SDS) creation and chemical labels for consumers and workplaces

Manual of Tests & Criteria

United Nations Manual of Tests & Criteria - contains criteria, test methods and procedures for classification of DG


United National Model Regulations - recommendations on the transport of DG which are then incorporated into the modal regulations and state specific regulations

PHMSA International Program

US DOT PHMSA: Implementation of the UN Model Regulations and Competent Authorities for the Transport of Dangerous Goods


UNECE Secretariat maintains a list of competent authorities for “Road”, “Rail”, “Inland Waterways”, and application of various UN marks here


List of Competent Authorities maintained on UNECE website