IATA’s Addendum II to the 56th Ed. DGR

Posted on 5/5/2015 by Roger Marks

On May 4, 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) posted the second Addendum to the 56th Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). Compliance with the 56th Edition DGR has been mandatory since January 1 of this year. Once again, lithium battery shippers need to pay close attention. The regulations and the State and Operator variations for lithium batteries continue to change.

Revised Lithium Battery and Auto Parts Rules

Because US DOT recently revised its lithium battery and auto parts shipping rules to harmonize with international standards like the IATA DGR, some State variations previously included in the IATA DGR are no longer necessary. United States variation USG-02 has been amended to remove a number of now redundant lithium-related rules.

Similarly, variation USG-16 has been amended to remove rules that are no longer needed for naming airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, and other safety devices.

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Changing Operator Variations

The following Operator Variations have been updated. Shippers (especially lithium battery shippers) who use the following carriers should check the Addendum for changes that affect their shipping operations:
  • UPS (5X)
  • American Airlines (AA)
  • Air Canada (AC)
  • JetBlue (B6)
  • British Airways (BA)
  • Cargolux and Cargolux Italia (CV and C8)
  • Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)
  • Emirates (EK)
  • Federal Express (FX)
  • United Airlines (UA)
  • and others
New Rules for Electronic Cigarettes

Among the countless products powered by lithium batteries are electronic cigarettes. Under the new DGR Addendum, e-cigarettes are now permitted in carry-on baggage only.

Table 2.3.A has been amended as follows:

IATA DGR Lithium Battery Electronic Cigarette rules

New PI for UN 1793

Under DGR Section 4.2, the Dangerous Goods List, isopropyl acid phosphate (UN 1793) must now be prepared in accordance with Packing Instruction 856 (previously 855).

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