Cargo Decoder

Cargo Decoder

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Cargo Decoder is your guide to what is in the truck or tanker next to you on the highway. Enter the 4 digit number from the DOT placard to learn about a material. See details from either the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2012) or the 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2008)

Powerful search capabilities will help you quickly find information by matching just part of the UN/NA number or material name. Cargo Decoder also supports Voice Search to make searches even faster.

Protective distance information,toxic inhalation hazards, and ERG2012 reference pages are just a touch away for emergency responders and HazMat personnel. A simple swipe quickly moves you to the information you need.

Cargo Decoder is my way to give back to the first responders who are always there for us. Cargo Decoder for Android will always be free and will never contain ads. Cargo Decoder uses no network bandwidth so information will always be available even if the cell network is not.

Cargo Decoder runs on just about every device running Android version 2.2 and later.

Cargo Decoder now supports sharing of material details. Select a material and touch the Share icon. Create a notebook of materials found using Evernote (Evernote can add GPS information too). Share information to others via email or text messaging. Configure the information about the material you want to share in Settings. Important: Sharing with Facebook does not work even though Facebook adds itself to the sharing list. Facebook says the behavior is "by design"(

If you like Cargo Decoder, please consider supporting it by purchasing the Cargo Decoder Plus Upgrade Key. Installing the Cargo Decoder Plus Upgrade Key unlocks special features added to say “Thank you!” to our supporters.

Cargo Decoder Plus features include:
* A unique view of all materials that correspond to a Guide page. This view will be useful if you see a placard or Guide number and want to know what material it might be.
* Access to both ERG2012 and ERG2008 reference pages.

Users who are not yet supporters can also use Plus features but will be periodically asked to consider become a Cargo Decoder supporter.

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Recently changed in this version

Incorporates corrections to the ERG as of January 1, 2014.

Added hazard pictograms and information from Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Added suggestion box. Send us your ideas for new features or enhancements you want to see in Cargo Decoder.

Fixed crash affecting tablets running Android 2.x.

Comments and ratings for Cargo Decoder
  • (56 stars)

    by Danny G Peralez peralez on 23/06/2014


  • (56 stars)

    by Chuck Riesterer on 17/05/2014

    When all you have is a 4-digit DOT number, this is a great lookup tool. Quick, easy, simple verification.

  • (56 stars)

    by Top Cat on 13/05/2014

    This is a wonderful app. Whether I'm Driving, or the Navigator. We always know who to call to report a BAD Driver, or an Accident (requiring HazMat).

  • (56 stars)

    by Frank Holbrook on 04/04/2014

    As a firefighter it is a very useful app keep up the great work

  • (56 stars)

    by Jeremy Huston on 22/03/2014

    Easy to navigate and understand. I work in EMS, this tool is essential in my line of work

  • (56 stars)

    by brian booth on 18/03/2014


  • (56 stars)

    by Doug Dornier on 18/03/2014

    Does exactly what it says. Bonus: readable (and likeable) license agreement.