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Now in Stock: 2020 IMDG Code

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Roger Marks

Updated: 10/26/2023

2022 IMDG Code Takes Effect January 1, 2024

As of January 1, 2024, shippers who offer hazardous materials for transportation by vessel must comply fully with updated requirements in the 2022 IMDG Code (Amendment 41-22).

Browse online and in person 49 CFR, IATA DGR, and IMDG Code training at Lion.com/Hazmat. 

What's New in the 2022 IMDG Code? 

For a look at noteworthy updates likely to impact shippers of hazmat/dangerous goods by vessel in 2024, see our February 2023 update titled 2022 IMDG Code: Important Changes.

Mandatory compliance with the 2022 IMDG Code begins on January 1, 2024.

Revisions and updates to the Code for shippers to consider (as applicable) include: 

  • Relaxed weight limits in some commonly-used packing instructions.
  • Revisions to instructions for IBCs and portable tanks.
  • Change in classification and name for UN 1169 and UN 1197 (i.e., certain liquid extracts)
  • Dozens of changes to the "Dangerous Goods List" in IMDG 3.2.
  • Addition of electrical resistance in ohms to the units of measure table in IMDG 1.2.2.2. 
  • Some shifting of requirements within Part 5 - Consignment Procedures. 

Read more about changes to the IMDG Code taking effect on January 1, 2024 here. 

Shippers and stakeholders can purchase the IMDG Code in Lion's online bookstore.


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What Was New in the 2020 IMDG Code?

The 2020 IMDG Code came into force on June 1, 2022 and may be applied voluntarily as of January 1, 2021. Update your DG bookshelf and be ready to ship hazardous materials in full compliance with the latest international requirements for vessel transportation. 

Revisions for hazmat vessel shippers included in the 2020 IMDG Code included: 

  • Revisions to harmonize with the 21st Ed. Model regulations
  • Updates to the Dangerous Goods List
  • Changes for lithium battery shippers
  • New naming standard for some marine pollutants
  • Updated and revised special provisions
As of January 1, 2024, the 2020 IMDG Code is no longer valid for shippers of dangerous goods by vessel/cargo ship. The 2022 IMDG Code—and only the 2022 IMDG Code—is in force as of January 1, 2024. 

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