IATA's 56th Edition DGR Now Mandatory

Posted on 1/20/2015 by James Griffin

For hazmat air shippers, compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s 56th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)—new for 2015—is mandatory as of January 1. IATA revises its DGR annually to keep pace with new hazards and technologies. As in each odd-numbered year, IATA's 2015 DGR update coincides with a new edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)'s Technical Instructions for the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

The US Department of Transportation recently updated its Hazardous Materials Regulations as well, to harmonize with international standards like the ICAO Technical Instructions and the IATA DGR. Learn more about the HMT 215M harmonization rulemaking here.
This year's revision to the IATA DGR includes significant amendments to the hazmat air shipping rules:
  • Updated State and operator variations
  • Airbag inflators, airbag modules, and seatbelt pre-tensioners now collected under the new Proper Shipping Name "Safety Devices"
  • Lithium-metal batteries now prohibited from passenger aircraft
  • New exceptions for marine pollutants in small quantities
  • Clarifying revisions to marking/labeling specifications
For more information on the changes to IATA's DGR and how it may affect your shipping operations, read our full article about the IATA 56th Edition changes here.

Recently, IATA issued an addendum to the 56th edition to make technical corrections to the first printing of the new DGR. See what changed in the addendum here.

As an aid to users, the IATA DGR summarizes year-over-year significant changes and amendments in its introduction. The DGR uses symbols in the text to denote additions, changes, or cancellations from the previous year.
IATA Dangerous Goods Regualtions Symbols and Abbreviations

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