Know more about the IIP Certificate
The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is an apex body set up by the packaging and allied
industries and the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, in 1966. Its objective is of
improving the country's packaging standards. The Institute is an autonomous body working
under the Ministry of Commerce's administrative control. There is an immediate need to educate
exporters, shippers and dangerous goods carriers, suppliers of hazardous goods packages, and
relevant logistics organizations about their duties, regulations, laws, UN certification procedures,
as well as monitoring and quality management procedures.
What is an IIP certificate or UN Certificate?
IIP Certificate commonly known is an UN Certificate issued by the Indian Institute of Packaging
for packages containing hazardous and dangerous goods for transportation. IIP issues UN /
only after performing tests of the package samples, according to UN Standards for
transportation of DGR /Haz/ Hazardous Goods, by Air (IATA/ICAO) & Sea (IMDG Code), thus
shipments should be reasonably capable of resisting under all forms of climatic environments,
wear and tear during transport, leak-proof, etc., while at the same time recording flawlessly the
existence of the hazardous goods packed or filled in the package and the key constraints on
package capability should be. Such an effective and competent process requires a person to be
well versed in all relevant international transport standards. An UN packaging code displays
type of the package being shipped. It also reveals that the packaging has passed tests set as
per UN Standards for packages containing Haz or DGR Goods. The physical features of the
components of the packages are defined by the different test stages.
How do I get an IIP certificate?
The Director-General of Shipping & Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Govt., has launched
UN certification, which is mandatory for transportation of all types of Hazardous and Dangerous
Goods from Class 1 to Class 9, by Air (as per IATA/ ICAO) & Sea (IMDG Code).
For transport by air, a related compulsion has been imposed. The shippers shall review the
packaging approved for use in the shipment of hazardous goods by Air & Sea, before it is finally
used for the purpose. Certified packaging shall bear the UN marking as specified in the
Certificates so that only certified packages are loaded onto the aircraft or into container and
finally onto Vessel.
UN Certificate are issued by the Indian Institute of Packaging to the manufacturer of packages
for the manufacture of any number of packages, after satisfactory testing performance of the
The period of validity referred to in the certificate means the period during which the production
of packages (with the same specifications, product annexure, net & gross weight, mode of
shipment & exporter) is allowed. Here’s how to get an IIP Certification or UN Certification.