The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently published significant changes and amendments to the 56th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) that will become effective January 1, 2015. The 56th edition includes all amendments made by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel for the 2015-2016 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions as well as changes adopted by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board.
Some of the most notable changes are as follows:
- Information has been added to address goods labeled with Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) pictograms;
- Revisions to certain stated entries found in the List of Dangerous Goods;
- Addition of special provisions A199, A200 and A201;
- Language has been added for lithium ion and metal batteries packed with equipment that clarifies the limits for the amount of spares allowed in a package;
- Lithium metal batteries (UN3090) packed per PI 968 will be forbidden for transport aboard passenger aircraft. This includes a requirement that lithium metal batteries packed per Section II of PI 968 must be labeled with the Cargo Aircraft Only label in addition to the lithium handing label and will not be allowed to be placed in a unit load device;
- Size and dimensions for hazard and handling labels has been more clearly specified; including a mandate on the “overpack” marking applicable as of January 1, 2016
Companies shipping Dangerous Goods by air need to ensure compliance with these new regulations in order to avoid unnecessary delays with cargo movement.