On November 30 of 2021, Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) released the Circular on the List of Dangerous Goods Requiring Packaging During Transport and Transportation of Dangerous Goods on Roads, Railways or Inland Waterways (Circular No. 37/2020/TT-BCT, hereinafter “the Circular”). The Circular was enacted on January 14, 2021 and replaced the previous Circular No. 44/2012/TT-BCT on Mandated Packaging of Dangerous Industrial Goods During Transportation on Roads, Railways or Inland Waterways.
The Circular can be downloaded at:
Scope of regulation
The dangerous goods regulated by the Circular are the Class 2 (gases), Class 3 (flammable or explosive liquids), and Class 6.1 (toxic chemicals) out of the dangerous goods controlled by MOIT pursuant to Article 24, Paragraph 1 of the Decree No. 42/2020/ND-CP on List of Dangerous Goods and Transportation of Dangerous Goods on Roads or Inland Waterways. A total of 1336 dangerous goods as listed in Annex 1 of the Circular are included in this scope of regulation, which has significantly increased from the previous Circular (No. 44/2012/TT-BCT) that regulated 201 substances. Note that chemicals used for agricultural or medical purposes, and domestic pesticides/fungicides are excluded from the scope of the Circular.
Major requirements on transportation of dangerous goods
The below table indicates the major requirements stipulated by the Circular:
|Danger sings and warning statement||
|Packaging of dangerous goods||
|Testing and verification of containers||
|Companions to transporters||
|Emergency responding measures||
|Content, types, hours and completion certification of mandatory training for transporters||
* The Certificate of Completion of the Training on Transportation of Dangerous Goods shall replace the Certificate of Completion of Training on Safe Transportation of Dangerous Industrial Goods, which was mandatory under the previous Circular 44/2012/TT-BCT. Now transporters do not have to apply for issuance of the certificate under 44/2012/TT-BCT to the competent local office of MOIT. However, any certificate that was issued under the previous Circular 44/2012/TT-BCT before the date of enactment of the Circular (i.e., January 14 of 2021) will continue to be valid until its expiring date.