Dangerous goods

IMO classes for dangerous goods

The transport of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in seagoing ships is regulated accordingly in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

The relevant parts of SOLAS and MARPOL have been developed in great detail and are included in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), which makes this code a legal instrument for the maritime transport of dangerous goods and marine pollutants.

Classification of dangerous goods

and all modes of transport (sea, air, rail, road and inland waterways) the classification of dangerous goods, according to the type of risk involved, is drawn up by a committee of experts on the transport of dangerous goods to the UN.

  • Class 1.


  • Class 2.


  • Class 3.

    Flammable liquids

  • Class 4.

    Flammable solids or substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases

  • Class 5.1.

    Oxidizing substances (agents) release oxygen, increase the risk and intensity of fire

  • Class 5.2.

    Organic peroxides - will burn the fastest and are sensitive to impact or friction

  • Class 6.1.

    Toxic substances

  • Class 6.2.

    Инфекциозни вещества

  • Class 7.

    Radioactive substances

  • Class 8.


  • Class 9.

    Various dangerous substances and objects


Incoterms® are created under a registered trademark by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are designed to facilitate world trade by providing clear definitions of each country's obligations, in order to reduce the potential opportunities leading to legal complications. Incoterms conditions are updated regularly to keep up with the ever-changing world of international trade.

According to Emanuel Jolivet, chief adviser to the International Court of Arbitration:

“Incoterms® are an ideal example of effective standardization of an international business instrument. Their day-to-day use in international sales contracts provides legal certainty for business transactions while simplifying the preparation of international contracts. "

Incoterms® cover who, what and when issues in international sales of goods and supplies, including:

- Who does what;

- Who pays what;

- When the risk passes from the seller to the buyer;

- When the delivery is made;

In addition, the rules specify insurance, export and import clearance, as well as the distribution of other costs related to the delivery of goods between the buyer and the seller.

Incoterms® do not cover ownership or title to goods, details of payment obligations, vessel requirements, termination, bankruptcy, etc. They do not constitute a complete contract of sale. However, they are explicitly referred to or mentioned in both international and many local sales contracts sales.

Incoterms® conditions are not designed to be applied automatically - they are subject to negotiation and negotiation, and in most cases, a successful buyer or seller is often the one who is best at negotiating the terms of sale.

Incoterms® are used as Terms of Sale, acting as International Trade Terms. Incoterms® sets out the terms of shipment and delivery, as well as those of risk transfer between buyer and seller.

Incoterms® latest edition is Incoterms® 2020, which is effective from January 1, 2020 and replaces Incoterms 2010.

Incoterms consist of 4 (four) main groups of terms:

  • 'E' - conditions where the seller's obligation and control over delivery is minimal
  • "F" - conditions where the main burden on the buyer is to arrange the main shipments
  • "C" - conditions where the main burden on the seller is to arrange the main shipments
  • 'D' - conditions where the seller's obligations and control over delivery are maximized

And include a total of 11 (eleven) conditions:

  • EXW Ex Works
  • FCA Free Carrier
  • CPT Carriage Paid
  • CIP Carriage and Insurance Paid To
  • DPU Delivered at Place Unloaded
  • DAP Delivered At Place
  • DDP Delivered Duty Paid
  • FAS Free Alongside Ship
  • FOB Free On Board
  • CFR Cost аnd Freight
  • CIF Cost, Insurance and Freight

Insurance clauses

Clause "A"

Full coverage

Clause "B"

Limited coverage

Clause "C"

Minimal coverage