The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published a summary of significant changes to the upcoming 64th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) that will become effective on January 1, 2023.
The following are some of the notable changes in the 64th edition DGR:
- Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities “has been revised to clarify that a package containing dangerous goods in excepted quantities may also contain goods not subject to the Regulations.”
- Revisions have been made to the List of State Variations “to include new States and amended variations for existing States.”
- The lithium battery test summary requirements “have been revised to remove the need for the test summary for button cells installed in equipment.”
- “UN 2794, Batteries, wet, filled with acid, UN 2795, Batteries, wet, filled with alkali and UN 3292, Cells, containing sodium” changed from “‘No limit’ to 400 kg in terms of “maximum net quantity per package on Cargo Aircraft Only.”
- “UN 3171, Battery-powered vehicle, UN 3528, UN3529, UN 3530, engines and machinery, UN 2990 and UN 3072, life-saving appliances and UN 3166, vehicles,” are amended to include the “addition of Special Provision A154.”
- “UN 2922, Corrosive liquid, toxic, n.o.s.” is amended to include the “addition of Special Provision A4” and “UN 2923, Corrosive solid, toxic, n.o.s.” is amended to include the “addition of Special Provision A5.”
- “UN 1169, Extracts, aromatic, liquid” has been deleted and “the proper shipping name of UN 1197” has changed to “Extracts, liquid, for flavour or aroma.”
- Special Provisions A1 and A2 have been amended to specify that the special provision must “be noted in the authorization column of the Shipper’s Declaration.”
- “PI 220, PI 378 and PI 972 [h]ave been revised to include additional packing requirements” for engines or machinery. Additionally, “engines or machinery are forbidden for transport if lithium batteries in the engine or machinery are damaged or defective. There is also now a specific reference to engines or machinery that contain pre-production prototype[s] or low production runs of lithium cells or batteries that may be shipped on a cargo aircraft under an approval from . . . the State of origin and the State of the operator.”
- “PI 950, PI 951 and PI 952 [h]ave been revised identifying that vehicles are forbidden for transport if lithium batteries in the vehicle are damaged or defective. There is also now a specific reference for vehicles that contain pre-production prototype[s] or low production runs of . . . lithium cells or batteries that may be shipped on a cargo aircraft under an approval from . . . the State of origin and the State of the operator.”
- “PI 965 and PI 968 [h] been revised to require that each package prepared in accordance with Section 1B . . . be capable of withstanding the 3 m stack test.”
- “PI 966, PI 967, PI 969 and PI 970 [h] ave been revised to specify that when packages are placed into an overpack that the packages must be secured in the overpack and the intended function of each package must not be impaired by the overpack.”
- “The lithium battery mark has been revised to remove the requirement for a telephone number to be provided on the mark.” However, “the mark shown in the 63rd edition of the DGR may be used” until December 31, 2026.
- “The transitional period for the dangerous goods statement on the air waybill has been extended” for an additional two years until December 31, 2024.
- New definitions and “many changes” to definitions found in the Glossary.
The full summary of significant changes and amendments to the 64th edition of the DGR may be found using the following link: https://www.iata.org/en/publications/dgr/. If that link is no longer live, try https://www.iata.org/en/publications/dgr/.