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What's New in the 2023 IATA DGR?

Posted on 9/9/2022 by Roger Marks

Mandatory compliance with the 64th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) begins on January 1, 2023. In addition to changes adopted by the IATA, the 2023 DGR incorporates all amendments for the 2023—24 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions.

The official summary of significant changes is now available:
IATA DGR: Significant Changes and Amendments in the 64th Edition (2023)

IATA DGR Changes for 2023

Impactful revisions for dangerous goods air shippers include:

  • Various additions and changes to the Dangerous Goods List (IATA DGR 4.2).
  • Many revised Packing Instructions (PI).
  • Revised classification provisions for self-reactives, organic peroxides, and corrosives.
  • Removal of the lithium battery test summary requirement for button cells in equipment.
  • Removal of the phone number requirement on the lithium battery handling mark.
  • New package performance requirements for shipments prepared under Section IB of Packing Instructions (PI) 965 and 968 for lithium batteries and cells.
  • Revision to PI 966, 967, 969, and 970 to specify requirements for securing packages in overpacks for lithium batteries in or with equipment.
  • Revised per-package quantity limits for certain batteries and cells (UN 2794, 2795, 3292).
  • Clarified requirements for dangerous goods in excepted quantities.

IATA is also extending the transitional period for the dangerous goods statement on the air waybill until December 31, 2024 (two additional years).

More changes to the 2023 IATA DGR are summarized below. 


Mandatory compliance with the 2023 IATA DGR starts on Jan. 1, 2023.

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Revisions to the Dangerous Goods List (IATA DGR 4.2)

The 2023 IATA DGR includes many revisions to the 4.2 Dangerous Goods List, including new and revised entries and new special provisions added for specific proper shipping names.

Changes to the 4.2 Dangerous Goods List in the 2023 edition include:

  • Reclassification of ethyl bromide (UN 1891) to Class 3 with a subsidiary hazard of Division 6.1. This material was previously classified as a 6.1.
  • A new entry on the 4.2 Dangerous Goods List for Cobalt Dihydroxide powder (UN 3550)
  • Addition of packing group to entries shown as “forbidden/forbidden.”

The 2023 IATA DGR also assigns new special provisions to:

  • Compressed air (UN 1002)
  • Life-saving appliances (UN 2990 and UN 3072)
  • Articles containing miscellaneous dangerous goods, n.o.s. (UN 3548)
  • Articles containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas, n.o.s. (UN 3538)
  • Battery-powered vehicle (UN 3171)
  • Engines and machinery (UN 3528, 3529, and 3530
  • Vehicles (UN 3166)

"Appendix H" Now a Standalone Document

Appendix H to the IATA DGR, which provided guidance for employers about a competency-based approach to dangerous goods training, has been removed for the 2023 edition. The guidance about competency-based training is now available as a standalone document.

A competency-based approach to dangerous goods training is one that identifies key competencies and skills that each employee will need and provides training and tools for the employee to develop these competencies.

49 CFR and IATA DGR Training

To help employers implement a competency-based approach to dangerous goods training, Lion offers a variety of online 49 CFR (US DOT) and IATA DGR training courses that address specific job functions that hazmat employees may perform—such as classifying and naming materials, packaging, marking, labeling, placarding, loading, unloading, and documenting hazmat shipments.

Or, join a Lion instructor for the final Hazmat Shipper Certification workshops of 2022 in Philadelphia and Hartford! Develop a step by step approach to ship hazardous materials by ground and air, in full compliance with US and international regulations.

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