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What’s New in the 2020 IATA DGR?

Posted on 9/10/2019 by Roger Marks

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is preparing to release a new edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), the manual used by shippers and airlines worldwide to ensure the safe transport of hazardous materials by air.

Besides a newly designed cover, the 61st Edition IATA DGR features some new and changing regulations that hazardous materials air shippers and carriers should be aware of.

Mandatory compliance with the new edition IATA DGR starts on January 1, 2020.

Ensure your dangerous goods shipments will be accepted for transport on passenger or cargo airplane in the New Year. Get your copy of the new 61st Ed. IATA DGR here. 

What's New in the 2020 IATA DGR (61st Edition)?

Updates for the 61st edition DGR include:
  • Updates to the List of Dangerous Goods (section 4.2) for UN #s 3449, 3077, 3082, 2389, 3536, and 1700
  • Updated packaging table entries that better identify composite packaging options
  • Updates to packing instructions 650, 960, Y960, 968, and 970
  • Added definitions for “aggregate lithium content” and “lithium batteries installed in cargo transport unit”
  • Clarification about the placement of labels and markings on DG packages
  • Revised recommendations for training hazmat employees
  • Updates to provisions for dangerous goods carried by passengers and crew
  • A new Appendix I that details changes taking effect January 1, 2021
See the full list of significant changes from IATA here.

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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