Dangerous goods regulations

In Germany, the transportation of dangerous goods by road is governed by national and international regulations. An overview of the most important laws and regulations is given below. 

  • Regulation on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (GGBefG) 
  • Ordinance on the Domestic and International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road, Rail and Inland Waterways (GGVSEB) 
  • European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) 
  • Dangerous Goods Advisor Ordinance (GbV) 
  • Dangerous Goods Exemption Ordinance (GGAV)
Sender

The sender is the company which sends dangerous goods in its own name or on behalf of a third party. If a contract of conveyance has been concluded, e.g. with a forwarding agent or parcel service, the sender is specified in the document. It is, e.g., the responsibility of the sender to ensure that 

  • dangerous goods are classified and approved for transportation. 
  • KEMPER SYSTEM has already classified and, thus, approved its products for transportation through the safety data sheet. You can download the safety data sheets here.
  • the carrier has been provided with all the necessary details and information about the dangerous good.
  • All the necessary data can be found in the safety data sheet of the product under section 14 or in the list of dangerous goods, which can be downloaded at the end of this explanation. Note: Please note that the carrier (forwarding agent/parcel service) must also be demonstrably informed of the quantity to be transported when dispatching limited quantities (3.4 ADR).
  • a transport document has been supplied.
  • All the necessary data for creating a transport document can be found in the safety data sheet of the product under section 14 or in the KEMPER SYSTEM list of dangerous goods, which can be downloaded at the end of this explanation. 
  • the packaging used is suitable and approved for the transportation of dangerous goods.
  • KEMPER SYSTEM only uses suitable and approved packaging. You can be assured of that!
  • a check of the dangerous goods equipment prescribed by law for shipments in excess of the quantity that requires relevant labelling is performed
Packer

The packer is the company which puts the dangerous goods into packaging and prepares the packages for transportation – i.e. packs them in a secondary packaging, for example, in boxes. It is the responsibility of the packer to ensure that 

  • only approved packaging and secondary packaging are used.
  • KEMPER SYSTEM only uses suitable, tested and approved packaging. You can be assured of that!
  • all packaging regulations are observed.
  • regulations regarding hazard labels and markings are fully observed.
  • KEMPER SYSTEM has already labelled all the individual containers for you for shipping. If you want to pack the goods in a secondary packaging, simply repeat the labelling (label, UN number) of all the packaged products on the secondary packaging (e.g. box or pallet) and stick on a label displaying the words “Secondary Packaging” (12 mm font size).
Loader

The loader is the company which loads the packages onto/into a vehicle. The loader is also the person who, as immediate owner, hands over the dangerous goods to the carrier or transports the dangerous goods themselves. It is the responsibility of the loader to ensure that 

  • only dangerous goods approved for transportation are handed over to the carrier.
  • KEMPER SYSTEM has already classified and, thus, approved its products for transportation through the safety data sheet. You can download the safety data sheets here.
  • any package whose packaging is damaged, in particular leaky, so that dangerous goods can escape, is not handed over to the carrier until all the defects have been completely eliminated.
  • regulations regarding hazard labels and markings are fully observed.
  • KEMPER SYSTEM has already labelled all the individual containers for you for shipping. If you want to pack the goods in a secondary packaging, simply repeat the labelling (label, UN number) of all the packaged products on the secondary packaging (e.g. box or pallet) and stick on a label displaying the words “Secondary Packaging” (12 mm font size).
  • the load is secured properly in line with VDI 2700.
  • regulations regarding mixed loads are fully observed.
  • All KEMPER SYSTEM products can be loaded and transported on roads together.
Carrier

The carrier is the company that transports the dangerous goods with or without a contract of conveyance. This is, e.g., a carrier or the company itself that transports the goods with its own vehicles. It is the responsibility of the carrier to ensure that 

  • when transporting quantities that require relevant labelling, only drivers with valid dangerous goods endorsement (ADR certificate) transport dangerous goods
  • the driver is supplied with all relevant accompanying documents prior to departure 
  • when transporting quantities that require relevant labelling, all vehicle occupants receive written instructions, which they must read, understand and follow, prior to departure
  • equipment to secure the load properly is available
  • the necessary dangerous goods equipment is available
  • overloading of vehicles is not possible
  • everyone involved in the transportation of dangerous goods has been informed of their duties.
Driver

The driver has to observe personal responsibilities stipulated in the legislative text:  

Here are a few examples:

  • The driver must not transport any package whose packaging is visibly incomplete damaged, in particular leaky, so that dangerous goods escapes or could escape.
  • The driver must at all times be able to provide and show to anyone who asks to see them the following items: accompanying documents, dangerous goods endorsement (ADR certificate) (when transporting quantities that require relevant labelling), valid ID card and respective equipment 
  • When transporting dangerous goods, the driver must not drink alcohol or take drugs or medication which would impair participation in road traffic
  • It is against the law to smoke and the driver must ensure that dangerous goods are kept away from drinks and foodstuffs
  • The driver is responsible for securing the load properly
  • The driver must ensure the orange warning signs are on display when transporting quantities that require relevant labelling
  • The driver must ensure the vehicle is not overloaded
  • In case of accidents, the driver must inform the relevant authorities immediately
Recipient

If transportation is carried out without a contract of conveyance, e.g. by a carrier, the recipient is the company that accepts the dangerous goods upon arrival. If the recipient names a third party (e.g. external warehouse, construction site) in accordance with the provisions applicable for the contract of conveyance, the third party is considered to be the recipient as defined by ADR. The recipient is not entitled to delay acceptance of the dangerous goods without a compelling reason. The recipient must check the correctness of the received goods.

Disposal

Disposal for contractors who purchase directly from KEMPER SYSTEM

KBS-Kreislaufsystem Blechverpackungen Stahl GmbH is our contract partner for the return of product packaging from contractors who purchase material directly from KEMPER SYSTEM. Contractors who purchase material directly from KEMPER SYSTEM can return completely empty packaging at over 300 collection points throughout Germany. This is a so-called ‘bring system’.

KBS-Kreislaufsystem Blechverpackungen Stahl

Membership no. 0104
Collection points can be found at: www.kbs-recycling.de

Disposal for wholesalers and their customers

INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH is our contract partner for the return of completely empty product packaging for wholesalers and their customers.

INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH

Membership no. 87854
Information from: Service Center, Tel. +49 2203 9147-1500
servicecentertv@interseroh.com
www.interseroh-isd.de
 

Disposal for customers in Austria

INTERSEROH Austria GmbH

Ungargasse 35, A-1030 Vienna
Tel. +43 1 714200-50
Fax +43 1 714200-540

Customs tariff numbers

What are customs tariff numbers?

In all business transactions with delivery to non-EU countries (third countries), products are identified with the customs tariff number. Based on the code, goods (services are excluded) can be clearly identified by the customs authority in almost every country, allowing customs to collect taxes or compile statistics on flows of goods. Without a customs tariff number, export (delivery) to a non-EU country is not possible. Customs tariff numbers originate from the harmonised system for the designation and coding of goods of the UN and are valid in almost all countries belonging to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Why do I need customs tariff numbers?

If goods are to be shipped to third countries (countries outside the EU, including the so-called EFTA states of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), German customs must be notified of this when the value of goods is above €1,000 or irrespective of the value when the weight is more than 1,000 kg with an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) and a pro forma invoice. If the value of the goods is less than €1,000 and the weight not more than 1,000 kg, the pro forma invoice with the corresponding customs tariff numbers is sufficient. The goods must be presented to the customs authority together with the documents.
In deviation to this, the so-called presentation (presentation of the material at the customs office) is possible outside the office with the permission of the responsible customs office. Please check with your local customs office for the required permits.

In which countries are customs tariff numbers valid?

The customs tariff numbers of the harmonised system (i.e. the first 6 digits) are valid worldwide.

What are commodity codes?

The commodity code is identical to the customs tariff number for the first six digits and is extended by two additional digits. It is used to encode goods in order to report the export and import of goods within the EU to the customs authorities. INTRASTAT uses the commodity code to report the quantity of goods imported or exported within the European Community.

Where can I find the customs tariff numbers for Kemper System products?

Please contact Matthias Kirst for further information (m.kirst@kemper-system.com).

Where can I find a general list of customs tariff numbers?

In the Standard International Trade Classification at www.destatis.de or at www.zolltarifnummern.de

Here you can select a customs tariff number from the list of goods on the basis of a short description. If no matching customs tariff number can be assigned, please contact your local customs office. Help with the classification can be requested there.

In general, the manufacturers tariff their products in the list of goods and can provide you with a customs tariff number for the desired product.

If you have any questions on this subject, please do not hesitate to contact our Customs and Export Control department:
You can reach Matthias Kirst by email: m.kirst@kemper-system.com or by phone on +49 561-8295-5535.