What are Excepted Quantities?

What are Excepted Quantities?

The Excepted Quantities (EQ) process under the carriage of dangerous goods regulations; ICAO (Air), IMDG (Sea) and ADR (Road) that allows shippers to transport small quantities of a substance internationally and allows them to move without the full weight of the regulations.  Some of the benefits of moving goods as Excepted Quantities include

  • UN-approved packages are not required;
  • Dangerous goods hazard symbols are not required;
  • A shippers declaration or dangerous goods note is note required * IMDG does require this.

Understanding Excepted Quantities is important for shippers moving goods on ecommerce platforms. Recently there has been an abundance of Hand Sanitising Gel that is being transported all over the world. Unknown to many shippers that most hand sanitisers contain ethanol or alcohol. Depending on the quantity of the substance this product is classed as a hazard for shipping even in small quantities.         

This is where the benefit of Excepted Quantity regulations come into play. 

How to identify if your product is Hazardous

Check the Safety Data Sheet of your product. If the SDS indicates under section 14 that the article is hazardous for shipping you are required to do more investigation.

Every substance that is Hazardous is given a Proper Shipping Name and a United Nations UN#. 

Check the regulations for the mode of transport that you wish to use and you will be provided with an EQ Code.  



Once you have ascertained the Excepted Quantity code you can determine how much of the substance that can be

transported in an inner receptacle and the outer packaging by using the table below.      


Training is required for a shipper to transport dangerous goods in Excepted Quantities. This can be offered as online, webinar or classroom based. The type of information that is covered in an Excepted Quantity training;
  • The hazard classes that can be shipped under the Excepted Quantity process
  • Any limitations or restrictions for your mode of transport.
  • How to correctly identify the quantities that may be transported
  • Packaging the use of inners, intermediate packaging and outer packaging
  • The Testing Requirements for Excepted Quantity packaging
  • The Marking of packages to communicate the hazard, see Figure 1
  • The use of Overpacks when transporting Excepted Quantities
  • Documentary Requirements on transport documents
  • Truck or Container Placarding

 All packages containing EQs shall be durably and legibly marked with the marks shown below in Figure 1.

This article is aimed to highlighted the benefits to those who consign very small amounts of dangerous substances or trial samples of a dangerous substance that would be accepted on all modes of transport. Once a substance is packaged, marked and documented as an Excepted Quantity, it is, for all intents and purposes, not subject to as many of the regulatory requirements based on a risk approach of the very restrictive quantity requirements per inner and outer packaging.

If you have any questions regarding Excepted Quantities or feel like you need support, please do not hesitate to contact Logicom Hub Ltd on 0330 912 5041 or Contact Us by email.