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What's New in the 2022 IATA DGR?

Posted on 8/23/2021 by Roseanne Bottone

The final quarter of 2021 is almost here and, right on schedule, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is set to publish an updated edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations or DGR

As IATA members, 290 airlines from 120 countries require shippers to use the current edition of the IATA DGR for the safe transport of dangerous goods/hazardous materials.

Mandatory compliance with the new IATA DGR, the 63rd Edition, starts on January 1, 2022

Significant Changes in the 63rd Edition IATA DGR 

The 2022 IATA DGR includes significant changes to six of ten sections and several Appendices.

The updates include: 

  • Lithium batteries: Removal of Section II provisions from Packing Instructions 965 and 968 for small lithium-ion and -metal cells and batteries shipped separately (UN 3480 and UN 3090).
  • Several revisions to the Section 4.2 List of Dangerous Goods
  • Added flexibility for shippers “removing” a Cargo Aircraft Only (CAO) label
  • 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.
  • New rules for individual radionuclides (or mixtures) for which relevant data are not available
  • A change concerning shipping papers for radioactive materials 
More details: Significant Changes and Amendments to the 63rd Edition IATA DGR (2022) 

The New DGR Appendix I 

This year's IATA DGR will include a new Appendix I, which will detail changes IATA expects to make to the next edition of the DGR, the 64th.   

Appendix I will provide dangerous goods shippers and stakeholders with advanced notice and details about planned updates to IATA's manual for 2023, including: 
  • Packing group revisions for corrosive substances;
  • Additions, deletions, and changes to more entries on the Dangerous Goods list; 
  • New packing instructions for two “Articles” entries;
  • Clarification for handlers replacing lost, detached or illegible labels; 
  • An exclusion for equipment (e.g., circuit boards) containing lithium button cells; and 
  • Removing the requirement for a phone number on the lithium battery handling mark. 

Ship lithium batteries?

Get required training to ensure your shipments travel safely, in compliance, and on time! 

These courses focus on the unique regulations you must know to offer fully compliant lithium battery shipments. Strict, complex requirements apply to lithium-ion and lithium-metal cells and batteries shipped in-equipment, with-equipment, or separately. 

Shipping Lithium Batteries (Online Course) 
Shipping Lithium Batteries (Live Webinar) 

Shipping Excepted Lithium Batteries (Online Course) 
Lithium Battery Safety (Online Course) 

More 2021 IATA DGR announcements and insights:  

DOT Hazmat and IATA DGR Training 

Develop the skills you need to navigate and comply with the current 49 CFR (US DOT), IATA DGR, and IMDG Code hazardous materials/dangerous goods regulations that apply to your products, wastes, or samples. 

Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)
Hazmat Air Shipper Certification (IATA) 
Hazmat Vessel Shipper Certification (IMDG) 

Who needs hazmat training? View the Hazmat Training FAQ

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