Customs management and logistics of dangerous goods (ADR)

We operate in dock for dangerous goods (ADR)

Dangerous goods encompass any substance or material that can potentially compromise the health and safety of those handling it, or cause serious environmental harm, or damage the vehicle in which it is transported.

Goods classified as dangerous arrive at the port of Algeciras on a daily basis. They are also imported and exported to other countries and continents by sea.

To safely handle these goods, it’s essential to know their potential risks both for the vehicles in which to transport them and for the people involved. Specialised knowledge is also needed to correctly process their export (e. g. authorisations and permits).

Some of our team members at PARTIDA are qualified as operators at dock for dangerous goods, so that they can manage these operations and professionally advise our clients.

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Types of dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are classified in accordance with the risk criteria established by the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts:



Flammable liquids

Flammable solids

Organic peroxides and oxidising substances

Infectious and toxic substances

Radioactive substances

Corrosive substances

What to take into account when transporting dangerous goods?

Only during 2018, 6 million tons of dangerous goods were transported in Spain, so it is essential to make sure that everything meets the requirements (relevant documentation and packaging, etc.) in order to avoid any risk situation. For dangerous goods that will be transported by sea, at PARTIDA we check:

  • Documentation: multimodal forms, safety data sheets and, where applicable, tanker certificates. These are needed when entering the port, boarding and unloading, and releasing the goods.
  • Labelling of the means of transport: it must be placed so that it’s clearly visible and its information must obviously relate to the relevant goods.

In addition, depending on the means of transport used for dangerous goods, certain codes are applicable:

  • ADR agreement for road transport
  • ADN for inland waterway transport
  • IAT for air transport
  • RID for rail transport
  • IMDG for sea transport

At Partida we apply the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) code for sea transport, which is more restrictive than ADR (road transport).

If you wish to import/export dangerous goods through the ports of Algeciras and/or Motril, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are experts on handling these operations. We will be happy to inform you about the requirements (loading segregation, labelling, safety protocols, etc.) and to manage the relevant customs clearance in order to deliver the goods at their destination avoiding delays and extra costs.

We are experts on the following subjects:

Fruit and vegetable

Frozen and fresh


Safe transportation
of live animals




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