What’s New In The 2017 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations?

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Recently, the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA) published their list of Significant Changes and Amendments for the soon-to-be-released edition of their Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).

The DGR produced annually by IATA is the most trusted source for preparing and documenting shipments with hazardous materials.

Furthermore, the DGR is recognized worldwide by over 250 airlines as the most complete, up-to-date, and user-friendly resource in the industry.

Major differences to the 2017 edition of the DGR can be downloaded by clicking this link.

The IATA DGR (2017) 58th Edition Uncovered

This year marks the 58th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations that is published by IATA.

Generally, many changes to the DGR are of a minor or administrative nature.

However, for this upcoming version of the DGR, a number of significant changes have been made as well. Although, the changes in regulations won’t actually become effective until January 1st, 2017.

According to IATA, “The 58th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations incorporates all amendments made by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in developing the content of the 2017-2018 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions as well as changes adopted by the IATA Dangerous Goods Boards.”

Therefore, starting on January 1, 2017, hazardous materials and dangerous goods air shippers must comply with all changes and amendments included in the forthcoming 58th edition of the IATA DGR.

This includes changes from the revised 19th edition of the UN Model Regulations, as well as updates from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel added to the 2017-2018 Technical Instructions. 

Hazmat being air transported with IATA DGR 2017

Significant Changes to the 2017 Dangerous Goods Regulations

The following list is intended to assist the reader to identify the major changes introduced in this edition of the DGR. This must not be considered an exhaustive listing (click here for a more comprehensive list prepared by IATA):

  • Replacing the existing lithium battery handling label with a new multi-modal lithium battery mark to be phased in over two years, with a deadline of December 2018 (Figure 7.1.C)
  • Introducing a new Class 9 dangerous goods label specifically for lithium batteries, to be phased in over two years, with a deadline of December 2018 (Figure 7.3.X)
  • Many new and modified special provisions
  • Allowing shippers to assign a substance to a class or division different to that shown in the List of Dangerous Goods (IATA DGR 4.2), subject to approval by the appropriate national authority
  • Adding classification criteria for polymerizing substances into Division 4.1
  • Adding new UN numbers and Proper Shipping Names for “polymerizing substances, liquid and solid, stabilized” (PI 459) and “polymerizing substances, liquid and solid requiring temperature
  • Updating Special Provision A104 for UN1230, Methanol that requires all packages containing methanol to bear a Division 6.1 toxic hazard label (in addition to the Class 3 flammable label)
  • Changing the documentation requirements for hazmat air shipments

Please contact DGD Transport in Miami, FL if you require any further advice regarding the transport of hazardous materials.