Mandatory compliance of the new edition of IATA DGR began on 1st January, 2020.

IATA – The International Air Transport Association, has released the latest (61st Edition) of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) which informs shippers of dangerous goods on how to safely convey their goods by air.

The latest edition includes amended and new regulations, that shippers need to be aware of…

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

Updates 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

Changes to Marking & Labelling include:

  •—Has been revised to specify that the limited quantity mark, environmentally hazardous substances mark and lithium battery mark, when required, must be applied on one face of the package. Where the marks are applied by means of a label, the label must not be folded or applied such that it appears on different faces of the package.
  •—A sentence has been added to the provisions for the “Keep Away From Heat” label to identify that the label should be affixed on the same surface of the package near the hazard label(s).

A new appendix has been added to this edition of the DGR to provide details of the changes that will come into effect as of 1st January 2021, based on the adoption of the changes arising from the 21st revised edition of the UN Model Regulations, as well as the changes that have been agreed to date by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for inclusion into the 2021–2022 edition of the Technical Instructions.

These changes include:

  • Change to the lithium battery handling mark to permit the mark to be a rectangle or square of 100 mm x 100 mm. The reduced size mark minimum dimensions will change to be 100 mm wide x 70 mm high.

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