What's New in the IMDG Code for 2019?

Posted on 8/20/2018 by Roger Marks

IMDG_Code_299x314.jpgThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) this fall will publish a new edition of its International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), the manual used by hazmat vessel shippers to ensure compliance with US and international hazardous materials/dangerous goods transport requirements.

Preorder your copies of the IMDG Code and the IATA DGR for 2019

IMO publishes the IMDG Code every two years, and voluntary compliance begins on January 1 following publication of the new edition. Mandatory compliance begins in the next even-numbered year. In other words, full compliance with the 2018 IMDG Code is voluntary as of January 1, 2019 and mandatory as of January 1, 2020.

Significant Changes to the IMDG Code for 2019

Vessel shippers should be prepared for “many changes” to the IMDG Code this year.
In addition to changes to vocabulary (the word “risk” now reads “hazard” and “risks,” “hazards”), IMO’s latest updates to the IMDG Code:
  • Overhaul corrosives classification in Chapter 2.8.
  • Add new entries to the Dangerous Goods List (DGL).
  • Code eighteen new segregation groups and add them to the DGL.
  • Clarify that shippers must use the “more applicable” Proper Shipping Name when multiple PSNs are under one UN number.
  • Expand Chapter 5.3 to cover bulk containers.
  • Update packing instructions and add a few new packing instructions.
See the full list of updates from IMO here.

IMDG Code Dangerous Goods Vessel Shipper Training

Container_Cargo_Ship_50576287.jpgJoin us for IMDG Code workshops and live webinars and learn from the latest new edition of the primary manual for shipping dangerous goods by vessel. Lion will start training shippers from the new edition of the IMDG Code (and the 60th Edition IATA DGR!) starting in our October workshops and webinars.

Join us live in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Kansas City, Detroit, and Cincinnati for expert-led multimodal hazmat shipper training in October 2018. Stay for all four days or attend only the DOT ground, IATA air, or IMDG vessel shipper workshops you need.

Can’t make it to the workshop? Expand on your 49 CFR knowledge from the comfort of your home or office! Join in on a live Lion webinar to learn the latest unique IATA or IMDG rules over the web. Interact with a live instructor and get answers to your questions during or after the sessions. Plus, get resources to help you simplify compliance and earn a full year of Lion Membership for complete regulatory support.

IATA DGR Air Shipper Webinar: Live on October 11
IMDG Code Vessel Shipper Webinar: Live on October 25

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