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China Rolls out Guidelines for Road Transport of Dangerous Goods Packed in EQ and LQ

Recently, the China Ministry of Transport (MOT) announced that the Guidelines for Road Transport of Dangerous Goods Packed in Excepted Quantities and Limited Quantities was published to facilitate the implementation of the Measures for Safety Administration of Road Transport of Dangerous Goods [1]. (Sunny Wang and Cathy Li, two regulatory experts from REACH24H, are on the editorial board of the Guidelines.)

The Measures was released in late 2019 and took effect on January 1st this year (for more details, see CL news [2]). It officially grants exemption to dangerous goods packed in limited quantities (LQ) and excepted quantities (EQ), by stating that “dangerous goods can be transported as general goods if the number of packages of dangerous goods packed in EQ does not exceed 1000, or the gross mass (packages included) of dangerous goods packed in LQ carried does not exceed 8 tons per transport unit”.

The Guidelines is thus aimed at helping all parties concerned to have a better understanding of the exemption system and facilitating the road transport of dangerous goods with low hazards and in small quantities. It consists of two parts which are dedicated to dangerous goods packed in LQ and EQ, respectively. The major contents are shown in the table below.

Guidelines for Road   Transport of Dangerous Goods Packed in Excepted Quantities

Guidelines for Road   Transport of Dangerous Goods Packed in Limited Quantities

Part I General   Provisions

Part II Dangerous Goods   Qualifying for Carriage as Excepted Quantities in Road Transport

Part III Requirements   for Selection and Use of Packaging of Dangerous Goods Packed in Expected   Quantities

Part IV Requirements for   Transport Documents

Part V Requirements for   Transport Operation

Part VI Training   Requirements

Part I General   Provisions

Part II Dangerous Goods   Qualifying for Carriage as Limited Quantities in Road Transport

Part III Requirements   for Selection and Use of Packaging of Dangerous Goods Packed in Limited   Quantities

Part IV Requirements for   Transport Documents

Part V Requirements for   Loading and Unloading

Part VI Requirements for   Transport Operation

Part VII Training   Requirements

Featuring comprehensive contents and practical cases-based instructions, the Guidelines will serve as a handy manual for consignors, consignees and other businesses involved in the road transport of dangerous goods packed in EQ and LQ as well as a fundamental basis for safety and convenience of such operation.

ChemLinked will present an English translation of the Guidelines soon. Please stay tuned.

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