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

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency:

Standards New Zealand

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As various details in the industry guide are now out of date, operators should refer to the links above or directly contact the regulatory agencies for the latest information.