Dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes handbook

Use this handbook if you are involved in the transport of dangerous goods being shipped by sea.

The 2018 version of the handbook is now available. 

This handbook is an information resource for those involved in the transport of dangerous goods intended to be shipped by sea.

It can be used as a training text incorporating and updating the dangerous goods compendium contained in IMO Model course 1.10. For this reason, the handbook includes a guide to the training required for each function described in Chapter 1.3 of the IMDG code (Annex 1 outlines training requirements and relevant handbook sections and other references).

Using the handbook is not mandatory for training courses seeking AMSA acceptance, and other packages may also be considered.

Where a training provider submits a training package to us for acceptance, we will assess it for scope and content against IMO Model course 1.10 and the handbook as appropriate.


The handbook costs $25 per copy, plus GST and postage.

The price for orders of 100 or more is $20 per copy.

How to order

Complete our chargeable publications order form to purchase the handbook.