Revised Dangerous Goods Code - check out the amendments!


BIMCO providing information on the latest amendments made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code for shipment of packaged goods at sea: Amendment 40-20.

The IMDG Code entered into its 40th Amendment in 2020 and came into voluntary application on 1 January 2021. Amendment 40-20 ( Amdt 40-20) will run concurrently with the mandatory IMDG Code Amdt 39-18 for this year 2021. It is envisaged that it will enter into mandatory force on 1 June 2022, a delayed enforcement date from 1 January 2022.

BIMCO provides a summary of the amendments under Amdt 40-20, which can be found in our Cargo Section / IMDG Code.

The hard copy of the Code, 2020 edition, is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021. To check on its availability, please go to the International Maritime Organisation's homepage to register your email address.


Ai Cheng Foo-Nielsen
in Copenhagen, DK


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