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Download and print this PDF of the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods (often referred to as the IATA Dangerous Goods form) for your shipments of dangerous goods by air.

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What is a Dangerous Goods IATA?


The International Air Transport Association, which makes up the majority of the world’s airlines, uses the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air as the basis for their dangerous goods regulations (IATA-DGR). Dangerous goods are defined as "articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment."

Some airlines have specific operational variations. These variations identify unique requirements specific to that particular airline and are always more restrictive than the DGR. FedEx, for example, has very specific documentation requirements, and shippers should be aware of these variations.

Air waybill(s) accompanying dangerous goods consignment(s) for which a dangerous goods declaration is required must include the following statements, as applicable, in the Handling Information box: “Dangerous goods as per attached Shipper’s Declaration,” and possibly “Cargo Aircraft Only” if applicable.

The Shipper’s DG Declaration has very specific requirements and can be quite complex. Only people who have been trained in handling and packaging dangerous goods should complete this document.

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IATA Dangerous Goods Form FAQs

  • What are IATA dangerous goods?

    IATA dangerous goods refer to substances or articles that have the potential to pose a risk to health, safety, property or the environment when transported by air. These goods are regulated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure their safe handling and transportation.

  • What are the nine classes of dangerous goods?

    Class 1: Explosives

    Class 2: Gases

    Class 3: Flammable liquids

    Class 4: Flammable solids, spontaneous combustibles, and “dangerous when wet” materials

    Class 5: Oxidizers

    Class 6: Toxic or infectious substances

    Class 7: Radioactive materials

    Class 8: Corrosives

    Class 9: Miscellaneous

  • What is the difference between hazardous and dangerous goods?

    The term hazardous materials is primarily used in the United States and refers to substances or materials that pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported in commerce. Dangerous goods is an international term used for articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment during transportation by air or vessel. While there are similarities between the two, the definitions and regulations associated with hazardous materials and dangerous goods can vary depending on the jurisdiction and mode of transportation.

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