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What does ADR stand for in logistics?

ADR refers to the Europe-wide agreement on dangerous goods. It contains regulations for road transport regarding packaging, cargo securing, and labeling of dangerous goods.

The term "ADR"

ADR is an abbreviation for "Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises dangereuses par route", in English "European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road". The international term ADR is so widespread in the transport industry that almost everyone understands it in every country.

The history of the ADR

The agreement was concluded in Geneva in 1957, but did not enter into force until the end of January 1968. It is updated every two years to reflect the latest technical and legal findings. Today, all EU countries are members, and the ADR is legally valid through an EU regulation. In addition, all other European countries have since joined the agreement, as well as Morocco, Tunisia, and some Central Asian countries that used to belong to the Soviet Union. In total, the ADR agreement currently has 48 member states (as of 6/2017).

The regulations for the ADR

Every truck driver who carries out a dangerous goods transport needs a dangerous goods voucher, the official name is "ADR training certificate". It is valid for five years and then automatically expires if it is not renewed before the expiry date. For this, the driver must complete a refresher course.

Every company that regularly transports dangerous goods needs at least one dangerous goods officer. He is responsible for ensuring that the regulations and conditions regarding dangerous goods are complied with.

Every truck that transports dangerous goods needs special equipment. This includes the foldable orange warning signs, helmet and safety glasses, and two fire extinguishers.

At the rear of a truck, it is possible to know whether or not the truck is transporting dangerous goods and what kind of goods they are.

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