All shippers are reminded that the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency are carrying out a continuous programme of examining dangerous goods containers shipped from the port of Southampton.



Shippers are reminded that they have a statutory duty to comply with all the requirements set out in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.


This includes:-

  1. Correct documentation as per IMDG Code chapter 5.4
  2. Correct marking and labelling of packages as per as per IMDG Code chapter 5.2
  3. Correct placarding and marking of container transport units as per IMDG Code chapter 5.3.
  4. Correct loading of, and securing of items within, the container.


Failure to comply with any regulation, or failure to adequately secure items within a container, will result in the MCA issuing a Prohibition Notice. The container will not be allowed to be shipped until the shipper has rectified  all deficiencies. The additional costs for this will be for shippers account.