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What's New in the 2017 IATA DGR?

Posted on 8/8/2016 by Roger Marks

Starting January 1, 2017, hazardous materials/dangerous goods air shippers must comply with the forthcoming 58th edition of the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR).

Due for release this fall, the 58th edition IATA DGR will incorporate changes from the 19th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations and updates from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel added to the 2017–18 Technical Instructions (TI).

Major changes for hazmat air shippers coming in 2017 include:

  • Replacing the existing lithium battery handling label with a new multi-modal lithium battery mark to be phased in over two years, with a deadline of December 2018 (Figure 7.1.C)
  • Introducing a new Class 9 dangerous goods label specifically for lithium batteries, to be phased in over two years, with a deadline of December 2018 (Figure 7.3.X)
  • Many new and modified special provisions
  • Allowing shippers to assign a substance to a class or division different to that shown in the List of Dangerous Goods (IATA DGR 4.2), subject to approval by the appropriate national authority
  • Adding classification criteria for polymerizing substances into Division 4.1
  • Adding new UN numbers and Proper Shipping Names for “polymerizing substances, liquid and solid, stabilized” (PI 459) and “polymerizing substances, liquid and solid requiring temperature
  • Updating Special Provision A104 for UN1230, Methanol that requires all packages containing methanol to bear a Division 6.1 toxic hazard label (in addition to the Class 3 flammable label)
  • Changing the documentation requirements for hazmat air shipments
See a full list of changes, in PDF format, here.

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Training Update for Section II Lithium Battery Shippers


In addition to the changes above, the 58th edition IATA DGR will add a paragraph to Section 1.6 that lays out requirements for ensuring personnel who prepare Section II lithium batteries for air transport have “adequate instruction.”

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