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What's New in the IATA DGR (60th Edition) for 2019?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its annual summary of significant changes to its Dangerous Goods Regulations, or DGR, the manual used by air shippers around the world to ensure compliance with applicable international hazmat regulations.

Let’s review major changes for DG air shippers that take effect January 1, 2019. Critical updates in IATA’s

 Significant Changes and Amendments to the 60thEdition (2019) include:

  • Major change to the lithium battery labeling requirements for Jan 1, 2019 (Details below).
  • Updated classification criteria for some chemicals and articles (Details below).
  • Addition of 12 new UN numbers for articles containing dangerous goods (UN 3537—3548) and other changes to the Dangerous Goods List at IATA DGR 4.2 (Details below).
  • Modified Dangerous Goods Shipper Declaration, i.e. “Shipper’s Dec” (Details below).
  • Updated Packing Instructions (PI) in Section 5 (Details below).
  • Changes and additions to the Special Provisions (Section 4.4) for vehicles, non-spillable batteries, ammonium nitrate fertilizers, Dangerous goods in apparatus/Dangerous goods in machinery, and lithium metal and lithium ion batteries.
  • Revised packaging specs/performance tests based on new ISO standards (Section 6)
  • New and amended State and operator variations in Section 2.8.
  • Updated handling, loading, and segregation rules in Section 9 and related appendices.
  • An updated explanation (and examples) of IATA Dangerous Goods training requirements, and the three month “window” for recurrent training in Section
  • New requirements for passengers and crew who carry DG aboard aircraft (Section 2.3).

NEW GHS Pictograms on Packages

New Air Shipment Rule for Containers With GHS Labels

As more GHS labels enter the Dangerous Goods supply chain, shippers and carriers must be prepared to use the new labels, recognize them, and know what they mean. This is especially true for air shipments regulated by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations. Because GHS pictograms resemble Transport Canada TDG labels, airline operators should be extra diligent in obeying all markings and warning labels on the outside of packages to avoid potential mishaps on the runway or in the air. A package with a GHS label on it does not necessarily contain IATA dangerous goods. If an operator sees a GHS label on a package, but no TDG markings, he/she should take extra steps and confirm with the shipper that the contents are not regulated as dangerous goods under IATA. [IATA DGR 2.2 and]

To prevent delays when shipping WHMIS 15 GHS-only hazards by air, IATA suggests that shippers write the words "not restricted" on the air waybill to indicate that the materials are not IATA dangerous goods. [IATA DGR]

New Lithium Battery Rules for Jan. 1, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, the “Lithium battery handling label” is no longer valid for air transport.

Lithium battery shippers should now use the new Class 9 lithium battery label or the new lithium battery mark shown below, as applicable.


New IATA DG Classification Criteria IATA has updated the criteria for classifying certain dangerous goods for air transport in this year’s DGR. If you ship the following substances or articles, be sure to check the latest edition to avoid rejection or fines for noncompliance:

  • Hybrid lithium batteries (those that contain both lithium metal and lithium ion cells)
  • Corrosives (Class 8)
  • Ammonium nitrate fertilizers
  • Energetic samples
  • Articles containing dangerous goods, n.o.s. (UN 3363)

New UN Numbers in the IATA Dangerous Goods List (IATA DGR 4.2)

IATA added a slew of new UN numbers to the Dangerous Goods List for 2019, including 12 new entries for articles that contain dangerous goods in Classes/Divisions 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 6.1, and 9. IATA also added a new DG List entry for UN 3536, Lithium batteries installed in cargo transport unit to address multimodal containers with installed lithium ion batteries, battery management systems, or other electronics.

Also changing is the ERG emergency response drill code for lithium batteries (shown in column N of the DG list)—from 9FZ to 12FZ. The change follows the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel decision that identified “Fire, heat, smoke, toxic and flammable vapor” as the inherent hazard for lithium batteries.The code 9FZ was used in the past to indicate “No general inherent risk.”

Updated DGR Packing Instructions

IATA has revised, added, or clarified a handful of DGR Packing Instructions for 2019. This includes clarification of the limits on number of spare lithium cells or batteries that may be packaged with equipment in Packing Instructions 966 and 969.

IATA also added combination packagings to Packing Instruction 958 for UN 2071 and UN 2590. Check out the full document to see the complete list of updated PIs.

Changes to the IATA Shipper’s Declaration

The design of the Shippers Declaration has changed to adjust the vocabulary and information required on the form, most notably replacing the phrase “subsidiary risk” with “subsidiary hazard.” Because of this change, shippers may use the “old” Shipper’s Declaration design until December 31, 2024, at which time they must switch over to the “new” design.

The examples of the Shipper’s Declaration shown in the 60th Edition DGR will reflect these updates.


IMDG Code Amendment 39_18 Summary of Significant Change for 2019 and 2020

The international maritime organization released a compendium of prosed changes to the next edition of the IMDG Code.  Highlights include new UN’s in the DGL, revised classification requirements for a number of hazard classes, and changes to the Special Provisions list. IMDG Code Amendment 39_18 Summary of Significant Change for 2019 and 2020

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Here are the changes to read or download a copy.

IMDG Code Amendment 39-18
Summary of Changes of Interest in the new IMDG Code
Reference document:
23 November 2017 IMO Amendment Proposal Summary
(IMO Secretariat, Doc # MSC 99/3/Add.1)
Date of Summary: February 20th, 2018

Part 1 General Provisions
Updates several definitions to account for updated references; includes new definition for IMO Type 9 Tank
Adds note providing that competent authorities can implement security provisions other than those related specifically to the transport safety of dangerous goods

Part 2 Classification
Makes significant changes to the treatment of samples of energetic materials for testing
Adds new Section 2.0.6 treating the classification and transport of articles containing dangerous goods
Revises the assignment of commercial fireworks to hazard division and compatibility classes
Revises classification of viscous liquids
Adds note regarding assignment of SP 386 to certain flammable solids and self-reactives
Minor revisions to classification criteria for organic peroxides
Complete replacement of Chapter 2.8 for Corrosives including new definitions and criteria for classification. **Probably one the biggest changes in the new Amendment**
Adds three new UN #’s (UN3536 Lithium Batteries Installed in Cargo Transport Unit, UN 2071 Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer, UN 3548 Articles containing miscellaneous dangerous goods, N.O.S. to certain Class 9 classification guidance requirements

Part 3 Dangerous Goods List
Chapter 3.2 Dangerous Goods List **Another very big change**
Major updates to Storage, Handling, and Segregation instructions in Column 16(a) and (b)
Adds new UN #’s UN3535 through UN3548
Major revisions and additions to the Special Provisions list, including new SP providing guidance for assigning classifications to various vehicle and battery operated devices
Adds clarifying instructions for the assignment of proper shipping names

Part 4 Packing and Tank Provisions
Revises numerous special tank and packing provisions
Revises P006, P911, LP03, LP905, LP906

Part 5 Consignment
Provides clarification on document requirements for radioactive materials
Provides labeling guidance for several of the newly established UN #’s
Revises label dimensional requirements in the event of a reduction in size
Provides revised label specimen illustrations
Revises certain placarding requirements
Provides clarifying language for what documents are required aboard ship

Part 6 Packaging Specifications and Test
Various technical revisions to packaging and tank test and recordkeeping requirements, tank markings, and cylinders.
New and revised specifications for large packagings
Adds revised requirement for tie downs to road tank vehicles

Part 7 Transport Operations
Adds guidance for storage and segregation for jet perforating guns (UN 0124, UN0494)
Revised list of segregation group codes
Complete replacement of the transport provisions for CTU’s under temperature control **major change***
Revisions to competent authority information in Chapter 7.9
Appendix A
Presents revised list of generic and N.O.S proper shipping names referencing newly established UN #’s



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