What’s Notification to Captain (NOTOC) ?

[Ref IATA DG Class 10 Learning Kit]

In real operations, NOTOC has two part: the upper part is the DGs and the lower part is special loads, such as live animals (AVI) and  human remains (HUM).

The NOTOC must contain, at a minimum, the following information:

  1. The airport where the goods will be unloaded (destination of the shipment)
  2. Air Waybill number
  3. Proper shipping name AND UN / ID number
  4. Class or division AND subsidiary risk(s) [and compatibility group if Class 1]
  5. Packing group (number of packages, AND net quantity or gross mass per package)
  6. For radioactive material: Transport Index (if applicable)
  7. Three-letter IMP code (Interline Message Procedures Code)
  8. The exact loading position of dangerous goods
  9. Whether the package must be carried on cargo aircraft only (CAO or not)
  10. Remark
  11. Loading Personnel and Captain’s Signature


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Why NOTOC is important?

There are two major significance of NOTOC:

  1. execute emergency response drill
  2. inform ATC

First, the crew need the information directly/ indirectly obtain the Emergency Response Guide (ERG) Code for certain emergency response drill;

Secondly, during an in-flight emergency, the pilot-in-command (PIC) must, as soon as the situation permits, inform the air traffic services unit and/or air traffic controllers of any dangerous goods being carried as cargo on board the aircraft:

  1. The “proper shipping names” and or UN/ID number
  2. The class/division (and the compatibility group for Class 1)
  3. Any identified subsidiary risk(s)
  4. The quantity
  5. The location on board the aircraft



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