Handling of dangerous goods is governed by the joint European rules ADR-S and RID-S.
Safety stipulations are also laid down in the IMDG Code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code). The Code states that all land-based shipping company personnel, vessel-based personnel and port personnel who are involved in the transport of dangerous goods must be familiar with the safety stipulations for goods of this nature in addition to the stipulations listed in the ISPS Code.
Ports are affected in the fact that areas used for interim storage and parking areas for vehicles must be fully protected, well-lit and as far as possible not be accessible to the general public. When dangerous goods are collected at the port, they are only permitted to be handed over to carriers/hauliers whose identity has been confirmed in the appropriate manner.