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The International Confederation of Drum Manufacturers (ICDM) is an international association of nonprofit organizations representing the world's premier manufacturers of steel drums.

Our containers ship both hazardous and non-hazardous materials, providing the greatest balance of safety, strength, environmental responsibility and cost efficiency of any container manufactured in the world.


ICDM members exchange safety, environmental and technical information to ensure our steel containers remain the superior choice for the transportation and storage of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. The three member organizations include:

Industrial Steel Drum Institute
P.O. Box 790
Severna Park, MD 21146-0790
Tel: (410) 544-0385
Fax: (610) 646-3267

European Association of Steel Drum Manufacturers
c/o Verband Metallverpackungen e V.,
Tersteegenstraße 14
D 40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 (0) 211 45 46 5-21
Fax: + 49 (0) 211 45 46 5-30

Association of Asia-Oceanic Steel Drum Manufacturers

Tekko Kaikan 6F
3-2-10 Kayaba-cho, Nihonbashi
Tokyo, Japan 103-0025
Tel: +81 3 3669 5141
Fax: +81 3 3669 2969

View the ICDM Organization Chart here.

Current Issues

ICDM advocates for the common interests of our members to national and international standards-setting bodies, such as the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and the International Standards Organizations, in addition to collaborating on position papers.

Preferred Drum Colors

Typical UN Markings for Open Head Drums

Typical UN Markings for Tight Head Drums

Current ICDM Statutes

Four-High Storage of Relieving-Style Drums Approved

Transport Regulation and the Steel Specification


ICDM has approved two methods for measuring the internal cleanliness of steel drums.

ISDI Interior Drum Particulate Cleanliness Standard Procedure (Factory Method)

ICDM Method for Measuring the Internal Cleanliness of Steel Drums (Laboratory Method)