Some examples of UN certified packagings

When you ship dangerous goods there are several packagings with which you can pack the dangerous product. Choosing the type of packaging to be used depends on the type of packaging you plan to take, but above all on the types of packaging permitted by the packing instruction of the reference manuals. Except for special cases, for example the shipping of dangerous goods in Limited Quantity, UN certified packagings must be used. The reference manuals (ADR, RID, ADN, IMDG and ICAO / IATA) in the packing instructions show codes to accurately identify an approved type of packaging. This “identification code” describes briefly the kind of packaging, the material used for its construction and the category of technical construction details.
Let’s see some examples:

1A1
Steel drum with non-removable head

1A2
Steel drum with removable head

1H1
Plastic drum with non-removable head

1H2
Plastic drum with removable head

3H1
Plastic jerrican with non-removable head

3H2
Plastic jerrican with removable head

5H3
Woven plastic bag
water-resistant

4H2
Solid plastic box

1G
Fibre drums

0A1
Steel light gauage metal packagings with non-removable head

31HA1
Composite iBC for liquids with a rigid plastic inner receptacle and a steel outer casing

13H2
Flexible iBC woven plastic coated

1H2T
Rescue plastic drum

ADR 6.1.2.4 – The packaging code can be followed by the letter “T”, “V” or “W”. The letter “T” indicates a rescue package conforming to the requirements of 6.1.5.1.11. The letter “V” indicates a special packing complying with the requirements of 6.1.5.1.7. The letter “W” indicates that the packaging, although it is of the same type as that indicated by the code, has been manufactured according to a specification other than that indicated in 6.1.4 but is considered as equivalent in accordance with 6.1.1.2.

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