What’s New for the 2016 IMDG Code?

Posted on 8/15/2016 by Roger Marks

Published once every two years by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) is the compliance manual used by the world’s hazmat vessel shippers and ocean carriers.

The 2016 IMDG Code of will be out in Fall/Winter 2016. The voluntary IMDG Code compliance period is in effect as of January 1, 2017, and mandatory compliance starts January 1, 2018.

The changes to the IMDG Code are very similar to those in the 2017 International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR), as both the IATA DGR and IMDG Code reflect the latest updates to dangerous goods standards developed at the United Nations.

Changes for hazmat vessel shippers in the 2016 IMDG Code include:

  • New minimum height requirement for the OVERPACK mark (12 mm)
  • New requirements for marking and labeling lithium battery shipments
  • New packing instructions for certain types of engines and prototype/low-production runs of lithium cells and batteries
  • New large packing instruction LP200 for aerosols
  • A number of updates to the IMDG Code Dangerous Goods List
Pre-order your copy today at! Knowing the latest rules is crucial to avoid costly civil penalties, hazmat releases in transport, and expensive port delays.


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