New DG Regulations in Effect as of Jan. 1

Posted on 1/2/2018 by Roger Marks

It’s officially 2018, and among the most important tasks for dangerous goods shippers is a smooth transition to compliance with new international regulations for 2018. If you package dangerous goods for air or vessel transport, be sure you have the latest editions of the IATA DGR and the IMDG Code at the ready. New editions of both the air shipping and vessel shipping manuals took effect on January 1.

For Air Shippers: The 59th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

59th-Edition-IATA-DGR.jpgUS DOT allows—and most major airlines require—air shippers to prepare packages and containers in compliance with the International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations, or IATA DGR. IATA publishes the DGR annually, with new editions taking effect every January 1.

The 59th Edition of the IATA DGR includes stricter requirements for lithium batteries shipped by air, a re-ordered list of Class 9 materials in Subsection 3.9.1, and a new Appendix I that details changes planned for air shippers in 2019.

Order your copy from the bookstore, and sign up for IATA DGR air shipper training today.

What’s New in the 2018 IATA DGR?

For Vessel Shippers: The 2016 IMDG Code

IMDG-Code-2016.JPGPublished every two years, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, or IMDG Code, is the regulations manual used by dangerous goods vessel shippers. Compliance with each new edition is voluntary in the year following its publication, then mandatory in the following year.

So, while compliance with the 2016 IMDG Code (incorporating Amendment 38-16) was voluntary in 2017, it is mandatory for vessel shippers as of January 1, 2018.      

Order your copy from the bookstore, and sign up for IMDG Code hazmat training today.

What’s New in the 2016 IMDG Code?

Questions About Shipping DG by Air or Vessel?

Have questions about what it takes to ship dangerous goods internationally using the IATA DGR or IMDG Code regulations? Check out the Dangerous Goods Shipper FAQ here.

Find the hazmat training you need to ship DG in full compliance with 49 CFR, IATA DGR, and IMDG Code rules at Choose from nationwide workshops; convenient online courses; or live, expert-led webinars to meet your hazmat training mandates. No matter what training format you choose, you will get comprehensive, up-to-date training to simplify your responsibilities and avoid incidents in transit and DOT fines now up to $78K per day, per violation. 

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