IATA’s 63rd Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) took effect on January 1, 2022.
- Several revisions to the Section 4.2 List of Dangerous Goods.
- Updated information in various appendices, including Appendix H–Training Guidelines.
- The addition of Appendix I to detail future IATA DGR changes.
- Clarification of the territories subject to State Variations in 2.8.1.
- Added flexibility for shippers “removing” a Cargo Aircraft Only (CAO) label.
- New rules for radionuclides (or mixtures) for which relevant data are not available.
- A change concerning shipping papers for radioactive materials.
IATA's document of Significant Changes is available online.
Lithium battery shippers: For 2022, IATA removed the Section II provisions for small lithium-ion and -metal cells and batteries shipped separately (UN 3480 and UN 3090) from Packing Instructions 965 and 968.
Lithium Batteries or Cells Shipped Separately
The change impacts shippers of standalone lithium-ion and lithium-metal cells and batteries. "Standalone" batteries are those not shipped "in equipment" or "with equipment."
IATA removed the provisions for Section II lithium batteries from the Packing Instructions (PI) associated with these shipments, PI 965 and PI 968. Starting this year, lithium battery shipments that fit the criteria for “Section II” must be shipped using Section IA or IB of the appropriate Packing Instruction.
Transition Period for Shippers
Shippers may follow the provisions for Section II lithium cells and batteries until March 31, 2022.
After this transition period, batteries prepared according to Section II of PI 965 or 968 will not
be authorized for transportation by air.
What Are Section II Lithium Batteries or Cells?
“Section II” refers to smaller lithium batteries that qualify for relief from some of the most burdensome IATA DGR air shipping rules.
The thresholds for Section II lithium batteries are:
||Lithium-metal (UN 3090)
||Lithium-ion (UN 3480)
||Not more than 1g
||Not more than 20 Wh
||Not more than 2g
||Not more than 100 Wh
If this announcement from IATA gives you déjà vu, remember that FedEx and UPS instituted similar policies concerning Section II lithium batteries
for their shipping customers in 2017.
To reflect the deletion of Section II from PI 965 and PI 968, IATA also updated various DGR regulations concerning training, special provisions, hazard communications, and more that made mention of Section II provisions.
Lithium Batteries or Cells Packed with Equipment
The second change concerning lithium batteries by air for 2022 relates to lithium batteries packed with equipment,
IATA revised the wording of Packing Instructions 966 and 969 to clarify the allowed packing options.
See more changes for the 2022 IATA DGR here.
Updated for 2022: Hazmat Air Shipper Certification Training
Lion's Hazmat Air Shipper Certification (IATA) online training
is now updated to cover what air shippers need to know for 2022, including changes in the new Dangerous Goods Regulations
in effect as of January 1.
For 2022 IATA DGR training with an instructor, join Lion for the first hazmat air shipper webinars
of 2022 on January 6 and January 13. Live 49 CFR and IATA workshops start in March 2022.
*US DOT requires hazmat training for all "hazmat employees" once every three years—including staff who prepare lithium battery shipments.
**For air shippers, the IATA DGR requires hazmat training once every 24 months