Dangerous goods are substances classified internationally as potentially dangerous to people, the environment or property during transport. International and associated domestic regulatory frameworks have been established with requirements to ensure dangerous goods' safe and effective transport.
The Ministry of Transport undertakes regulatory stewardship of the dangerous goods regulatory system in collaboration with the transport regulatory agencies.
Dangerous Goods Regulatory System Map
The Dangerous Goods Regulatory System Map describes the components of New Zealand’s regulatory system for managing dangerous across the transport system. This includes interactions between those components.
The map outlines the key components of the system, to help identify possible issues, overlaps, gaps and risks. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to dangerous goods requirements for industry operators.
Each of the transport modes (aviation, maritime, land/rail) has its own domestic regulatory framework for managing dangerous goods. This includes primary legislation, regulations and dedicated rules. You can find more detailed information related to each transport mode below.
Civil Aviation Authority
Maritime New Zealand
- Maritime Rules Part 24A: Carriage of Cargoes – Dangerous Goods(external link)
- Cargo and carriage(external link)
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency:
- Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005(external link)
- Factsheet 64 - Transporting dangerous goods - introduction(external link)
- Factsheet 67 - Dangerous goods carried by transport operators or for direct reward(external link)
- Factsheet 68 - Dangerous goods transported as tools-of-trade(external link)
- Factsheet 69 - Dangerous goods transported for domestic or recreational use(external link)
- Dangerous Goods 2005 Qa(external link)
- Dangerous Goods Amendment 2010 Qa(external link)
- Dangerous Goods Amendment 2011 Qa(external link)
Standards New Zealand
- NZS 5433.1:2012 - Transport of dangerous goods on land - Part 1: Technical information(external link)
- NZS 5433.2:2012 - Transport of dangerous goods on land - Part 2: List of dangerous goods(external link)
Transporting Dangerous Goods Safely – An industry guide
In 2008, we published Transporting Dangerous Goods Safely – An industry guide. The guide focused on technical information intended for consignors (shippers) and the transport industry, including helping manufacturers, packers, consignors and transport operators understand the requirements when transporting dangerous goods by more than one transport mode. The Dangerous Goods Regulatory System Map updates much of the less technical information in the guide.
As various details in the industry guide are now out of date, operators should refer to the links above or directly contact the regulatory agencies for the latest information.