IATA Posts Addendum I to the 2020 IATA DGR

Posted on 12/10/2019 by Roger Marks

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the first Addendum to the 61st Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). The new edition of the hazardous materials/dangerous goods air regulations takes effect on January 1, 2020.

See the Addendum here, which amends and corrects the text of the DGR. 

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Amendments to the DGR in Addendum I include:
  • Various updates to operator variations, especially with respect to lithium battery transport;  
  • updates and corrections to a handful of IATA Packing Instructions; and
  • a new State variation for Aruba (AWG).

IATA Operator Variations

The Addendum includes various updates to airlines operator variations. IATA operator variations are carrier-specific requirements that shippers must follow when offering dangerous goods for transport by air.

FedEx Express updated operator variation FX-05 to clarify its acceptance criteria for lithium batteries.

FedEx also added operator variation FX-09, to require that all Overpack or “All Packed in One” shipments comply with segregation requirements from 49 CFR 77.848.

Emirates (EK) expanded the categories of dangerous goods that will not be accepted for carriage as cargo to included Class 4 and Class 5 hazardous materials. Other airlines that updated operator variations in this addendum include Jetstar Japan (GK), Royal Dutch Airlines, Asiana Airlines (OZ), and others.

IATA Packing Instructions

If you use any of the following IATA Packing Instructions (PI) to prepare your DG air shipments, review the addendum for changes that may be relevant to your shipping operations: PI 360, 361, 362, 363, or 364.

IATA changed the word “Fibre” to “Fibreboard” in the Single Packaging Tables for Composites across many Packing Instructions.

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What is the IATA DGR?

The International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR) is the manual used by hazmat shippers, freight forwarders, brokers, and airlines to mitigate the risks posed by hazardous materials during air transport. 

The IATA DGR combines international hazmat regulations from the United Nations, the ICAO Technical Instructions or "TI," with unique requirements and preferences of member airlines—including passenger airlines and major cargo carriers like UPS and FedEx.

The IATA DGR is updated annually and all revised requirements take effect on January 1 of each new year.

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