Trivia Time – Do you know Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous goods are substances or articles that pose a risk to people, property or the environment, due to their chemical or physical properties. They are usually classified with reference to their immediate risk.

If you are a shipper or carrier of hazardous materials, it is crucial for you to know and understand the nature of the goods you are handling, the inherent risks it possesses and the regulations surrounding its transportation.

Even seemingly harmless products like table tennis balls, nail polish, paint, and perfumes are listed as hazardous materials. For transporting paint, for example, hazardous transport regulations are applicable.

The hazardous effects of some these goods may include acidic/caustic burning of skin tissue, the emission of flammable and/or toxic fumes whereas some products can be corrosive to metals and other materials; others can be explosive in nature or when exposed to sources of heat. Certain goods can be harmful to the environment if not contained properly and others can react dangerously to water.

Let’s see how well you know DG, shall we?

1. What is the DGR? (You can choose more than one answer)

a.  IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

b.  An IATA governance group

c.  An IATA publication

d.  A publication produced in consultation with ICAO (Annex 18)2.


2. Can dangerous goods be safely transported by air?

a.  No, it’s not possible

b.  Yes, under certain conditions


3. Can the risks associated with transporting dangerous goods by air be completely eliminated?

a.  Yes, completely if the Regulations are followed

b.  No, but they can be mitigated and minimized such that the dangerous goods can be safely transported if regulations are followed


4. How can dangerous goods be carried as cargo?

a.   In cargo aircraft only

b.   In passenger aircraft

c.   In both passenger and cargo aircraft


5. Indicate how dangerous goods may be carried safely ​(You can choose more than one answer)

a.  By following Regulations when transporting

b.  By banning air transport of all dangerous goods by air

c.  By acquiring knowledge via training


6. Who is the IATA DGR applicable to as per Resolution 618? ​(You can choose more than one answer)

a.  All IATA Members airlines or Associate Members of IATA

b.  All airlines part of IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement—Cargo

c.  All shippers, agents and freight forwarders that offer consignments of dangerous goods to these airlines


How did you do? Do you think you got them all right?

Our Cargo Specialists are DG certified with extensive training background and experience. If you have any dangerous goods that need to be transported, give us a call on +9714 887 9552 or email


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