Pictorial Markings for Export Packaging
Pictorial Markings is the Picture Oriented Language which represents the message or instructions for handling the goods during transport while exporting/ importing. Pictorialmarkings are the indicators of the probable hazards involved during transit. This is aninternational language of communication between package and everybody in productslife cycle.
Significance of pictorial markings:
Useful in conveying consigner's intention
Informs the crew about handling
Informs about the contents
Facilitate the easy and rapid recognition of the probable hazards
Superior over text forms (Markings in text format in particular language maycreate confusion due to language problem)
Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) has made a standard IS 1260-1979, PART I & II which gives details of the pictorial markings, this was adopted on28th May 1973.Part I gives the details of the pictorial markings for Dangerous Goods, while Part II-gives the pictorial markings for General Goods. This standard covers therecommendations of IMCO (IMDG), classifications as per Transport and Communicationcommission (TCC) and it also covers the classifications of UNO & IATA (DGR).
- Inter-Governmental International Maritime Consultative Organization
- Transport & Communication commission
– United Nations Organization
– International Air Transport Association
Types of pictorial markings:
Following are the types of pictorial markings.
Picture / symbol with Text
Forms of pictorial markings:
Stenciling (i.e. directly on package)
Specifications of pictorial markings (for general markings)
Size:Minimum 10 cms x 10 cms