Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials

"K" Line Policy - Implementation of IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) Amendment 38-16

Effective November 1, 2017:

All DG applications and shipments tendered to "K" Line on, or after November 1, 2017 must be compliant with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Amendment 38).
Any application/shipment not compliant with Amendment 38 will be declined after October 31, 2017.


In order for "K" Line to comply with enforcement of Amendment 38, the implementation date must be set as November 1, 2017 due to transit times, transshipments and vessel arrival dates.


Effective January 1, 2017:

IMDG Code Amendment 38-16: The IMDG Code is amended every two years based on TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS-MODEL REGULATIONS issued by United Nations. IMO recommends applying IMDG CODE Amendment 38-16 from January 1, 2017 on a voluntary basis, pending their official entry into force on January 1, 2018 which will be without any transition period in order to facilitate multimodal transportation of dangerous goods.

Important Information for Compliance:

  1. Japan:The Japanese Administration has decided to apply IMDG Code 38-16 Amendment on January 1, 2017.
    1. It is mandatory to follow IMDG Code 38-16 Amendment for ALL DG shipments for export/import/transshipment of dangerous goods in Japanese Trades.
  2. All Countries other than Japan: Use of IMDG Code Amendment 37-14 during transition period from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 is still valid and authorized.