UN certified packaging

Ensuring safety for your needs

Baltic Packaging has various products depending on the level of safety required when transporting your products to your customers. Our products are tested against the United Nations standard for classifying the packaging's durability during transport (UN Model Regulations).

The UN Recommendations developed by the United Nations to uniform the development of national and international regulations governing the various modes of transport of dangerous goods (by air, by road and by sea).

An example of an UN marking on our product is. On this page we have created a guide on how to read and understand the markings.

1) United Nations Symbol

This symbol defines that the product is tested according to the United Nations standard for packaging.

2) Packaging Identification Code

First code consists of three characters which defines

  1. Type of Container
  2. Container Material
  3. Container Packaging Head

 The table below describes the variations each character can have:

Type of Container Container Material Container Packaging Head
1 - Drums/Pails A - Steel 1 - Closed Head
2 - Barrels B - Aluminium 2 - Open Head (Removable Head)
3 - Jerricans H - Plastic  
4 - Boxes    

3) Packaging Group Level Equivalent & Specific Gravity/Density

As previously mentioned, Packaging Group Level

Dangerous goods are assigned into 3 packing groups (also known as UN Packing Group) in accordance with the degree of danger they present:

  • Packing Group I: high danger (X)
  • Packing Group II: medium danger (Y)
  • Packing Group III: low danger (Z)

The packing group also determines the degree of protective packaging required. Packages and containers for dangerous goods that have passed rigorous performance testing usually bear UN specification marks (see example below). X, Y and Z will be used to indicate whether the package is appropriate for all 3 packing groups or just 1 packing group.

The X, Y or Z value specified for a Baltic Can/pail reflects den density that the can/pail can be loaded with and still be compliant to the UN demands.

Furthermore to the packaging groups substances and articles are also assigned to one of nine classes..that is identified by a special warning pictogram. The nine classes are:

  • Class 1 Explosives
  • Class 2 Gases
  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 Flammable solids; substances liable to spontaneous combustion; substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
  • Class 5 Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
  • Class 6 Toxic and Infectious substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive material
  • Class 8 Corrosive substances
  • Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles, including environmentally hazardous substances

4) Hydrostatic Test Pressure

This metric defines at which pressure the packaging is classified to handle in kPa (kilo Pascal). Our cans/pails undergoes a series of tests (Drop, Pressure, stacking among others) at independent and certified testing institutes to ensure the product is secure and compliant with highest standards possible.

5) Year, Country of Manufacture & Approval Agency

Baltic Packaging is constantly improving on our products and to ensure that our products are up to standard, they are tested at an external certified testing agency. These markings shows when the UN certification is from, the country of origin and the unique ID for the UN certificate.