Dangerous Goods Changes for Road Cargo – ADR Effective July 1, 2023

Posted by Natasha Serra-Merida on 8/8/23 5:00 PM

On January 1, 2023, The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) released its 2023 update to the Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, commonly known as the ADR. UNECE allows for a six-month transition period. As of July 1, 2023, ADR 2023 became mandatory.

The following are notable changes to the ADR 2023:

  • Any business that is involved in packaging, loading, filling, unloading, or carriage of dangerous goods shall appoint a dangerous goods safety advisor. (DGSA). The DGSA is responsible for assisting in the prevention of risks surrounding the transport of DG. This requirement had been previously introduced in ADR 2019 and is now mandatory.
  • UN Numbers have been added, deleted, or amended.
    • UN 3550 COBALT DIHYDROXIDE POWDER, containing not less than 10% respirable particles has been added.
    • UN 1169 EXTRACTS, AROMATIC, LIQUID has been deleted.
    • UN 1197 EXTRACTS, LIQUID, for flavour or aroma has been amended. Previously UN 1197 was EXTRACTS, FLAVOURING, LIQUID.
    • UN Numbers where SP 386 was assigned, SP 676 has been added. SP 676 is related to the carriage of packages containing polymerizing substances.
    • Additional changes to multiple UN Numbers and special provision found within chapter 3 of the ADR.
  • A note has been added to Packing Instructions P003, P004, P005, P006, P130, P144, P408, P801, P903, P905, P606, P907, P909, and P910 to include, “the packagings authorized may exceed a net mass if 400 kg”
  • The lithium battery mark has been revised to remove the requirement for a telephone number to be provided on the mark.
  • Updates have been made to the special provision for the carriage of stabilized and temperature controlled substances. Additional language may be required on documentation.
  • New, amended, and deleted definitions found in chapter 1 of the ADR.

A complete review of the changes (new, modified, and deleted text) compared to ADR 2021 can be found using the following link: https://unece.org/transport/standards/transport/dangerous-goods/adr-2023-agreement-concerning-international-carriage

Topics: Dangerous Goods, UNECE

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