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The global reference for shipping dangerous goods by air and the only reference recognized by the world’s airlines in regular bound format.
Series: Dangerous Goods Regulation
Publisher: Intl Air Transport Assn; 55 edition (January 2014)
Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
Recognized by airlines worldwide, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) is THE industry standard for shipping dangerous goods by air. It is the most complete, up-to-date and user-friendly reference manual trusted by the industry for over 50 years.
Maintaining compliance with the latest regulations is critical for safely shipping dangerous goods by air. The DGR draws from the industry’s most trustworthy cargo sources to help you classify, pack, mark, label, and document shipments of dangerous goods. The DGR includes international dangerous goods air regulations, as well as state and airline requirements. It is an invaluable resource in ensuring you have all the information you need to ship safely and in compliance, at your fingertips.
55th edition of DGR: what’s new?
The new edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), which became available early October 2013, will take effect 1 January 2014. This edition of the DGR will reflects the changes adopted through addenda to the 2013 – 2014 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions, as well as changes agreed by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board (DGB).
This edition of the DGR incorporates a requirement for certain lithium battery shipments, which had previously been allowed to just be described on the air waybill, to have to be accompanied by a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods. This change applies to lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, such as the type used in consumer electronic devices, shipped under the provisions of Section IB of the applicable packing instruction.
To ease the change for shippers of these batteries, the DGB agreed to a 3-month transition period until the end of March 2014 for shippers to implement this change. IATA published the guidance document on lithium batteries (pdf) to comply with the regulations that come into effect 1 Jan 2014
Get ready for ICAO regulatory changes
Other content in the 55th Edition is a specific appendix that identifies the changes to the Regulations that will become effective 1 January 2015 with the publication of the 2015 – 2016 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions. This appendix is produced in an effort to provide shippers, operators and others in the supply chain with advance information that will allow them to be better prepared for the new requirements in 2015.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE 55TH EDITION (2014)
The 55th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations incorporates all amendments made by the Dangerous Goods Board and includes addenda issued to the 2013–2014 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions. The following list is intended to assist the user to identify the main changes introduced in this edition and must not be considered an exhaustive listing. The changes have been prefaced by the section or subsection in which the change occurs.
1.4—Operator ResponsibilitiesA recommended practice for how operators should provide information to the pilot-in-command for certainitems of dangerous goods permitted in passenger and crew baggage has been inserted in 1.4.2.
Table 1.5.A and 1.5.B has been modified to clarify “category” of staff, rather than “key”. Category 10 has alsobeen modified to include flight operations officers/flight dispatchers who require specific information inaccordance with 18.104.22.168.1 as of 1 January 2014 and therefore require dangerous goods training.
2.3—Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew
A clarification from ICAO on portable electronic devices, including medical devices containing lithium batterieshas been made. Medical devices using the higher limits are not permitted in checked-baggage. However,medical devices which do meet the same limits applicable to portable electronic devices are permitted inchecked baggage.
22.214.171.124—clarification on the requirements that apply for viscous flammable liquids that are assigned toPacking Group III in accordance with the provisions of 126.96.36.199.
4.2—List of Dangerous Goods
New entries have been added to the list of dangerous goods which are currently assigned UN numbers, buthad not previously appeared in the air transport Regulations for completeness. In the absence of provisionsfor transport by air, these “new” entries are all forbidden for transport by air.
Special provisions A4 and A5 have been modified to mandate their inclusion on the Shipper's Declarationwhen items are transported in accordance with those provisions.
A806—applicable to Batteries, nickel metal hydride has been added to clarify that the UN Number UN 3496,is only applicable for sea transport. This UN number has been added to the list of dangerous goods forcompleteness as indicated above.
The packing instructions for lithium batteries 965—970, have been revised to remove duplicate content toclarify the applicable provisions.
PI 965 and PI 968—The documentation provisions for lithium ion and lithium metal batteries in Section IB ofPI 965 and PI 968 have been revised to mandate the use of a Shipper’s Declaration. To assist shippers thereis a three-month transition period until 31 March 2014, during which time the information required may still beprovided on an air waybill.
7—Marking & Labelling
188.8.131.52—Clarification that packages prepared in accordance with the limited quantity provisions in surfacetransport and bearing the surface limited quantity mark, are acceptable for air transport provided that thepackages are in full compliance with the marking and labelling requirements for air transport.
184.108.40.206.1—Clarification on the dimensions applicable to the lithium battery handling label, including thedimensions of the reduced size lithium battery handling label.7.1.7—The provisions for overpack markings have been moved to follow the more logical package markingworkflow.
The documentation requirements have been modified to reflect the new requirement for Section IB lithiumbatteries to use a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods.
220.127.116.11.2—Clarification that alternative spelling is acceptable for other than proper shipping names has beenadded.
8.1.P—A new example of a completed Shipper's Declaration for lithium ion batteries shipped in compliancewith Section IB of Packing Instruction 965.
The provisions for storage, loading and inspection of radioactive material have been moved to Section 10 in10.9.2, 10.9.3 and 10.9.4 respectively.
18.104.22.168.1—The new requirement added in 2013 for the information on the NOTOC to be provided to thepersonnel responsible for operational control, e.g. the airline operations control centre becomes effective1 January 2014.
10.3.11.1.5—Clarification has been provided when classifying empty Type B packages.
10.8.3.9.2, Step 8—Clarification on the documentation requirements for overpacks containing radioactivematerial.
Appendix D—Contact details for competent authorities have been updated.
Appendix E—Changes have been made to the list of UN Specification Packaging Suppliers (E.1) and thePackage Testing Facilities (E.2).
Appendix F—The list of Sales Agents (F.2), IATA Accredited Training Schools (F.3—F.5) and IATAAuthorised Training Centres (F.6) have been revised.
Appendix H—The inclusion of a new Appendix H that provides the detail of the changes that will come intoeffect as of 1 January 2015 based on the adoption of the changes arising from the 18th revised edition of theUN Model Regulations as well as the changes that have been agreed to date by the ICAO Dangerous GoodsPanel for inclusion into the 2015 – 2016 Technical Instructions. These changes include:
- addition of new provisions for adsorbed gases, including new UN entries and packing instruction;
- addition of new proper shipping names Safety devices electrically initiated and Safety devices,pyrotechnic which replace the proper shipping names for air bag inflators, air bag modules and seat-beltpretensioners;
- addition of new provisions for Uranium hexafluoride in excepted packages including assignment intoClass 8 and packing instruction;
- a number of new and modified special provisions;
- clarification on the minimum dimensions and format of dangerous goods marks and labels;
- a number of modifications to Section 10 to align to the new provisions in the IAEA Regulations for theSafe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2012 edition (SSR-6).