Updates Made To 58th Edition Of The Air Transport Regulations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the first Addendum to the 58th Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). These amendments – which were published last month – are to take immediate effect. What is IATA? IATA is a trade association of the world’s airlines, and works closely with governments, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and its own members to develop regulations that advance safety, and facilitate fast and efficient transport of dangerous goods by air. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) manual is the global reference for preparing, shipping and transporting dangerous goods by air, and is the only standard recognised by the world’s airlines. The DGR combines the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air (TI) with variations and additional requirements set by individual nations and airlines. IATA publishes a new edition of the DGR towards the end of every year, with each new edition taking effect on January 1st of the following year. The current edition (the 58th) has been in effect since the 1st January 2017. What changes are in the first Addendum? In addition to extensive revisions made to the IATA DGR operator variations, as well as some editorial amendments, Addendum I makes a number of significant changes to the 58th Edition of the DGR. These include updates to: Requirements for shipping consumer commodities Shipping aerosols by air Lithium batteries Dangerous Goods List (Table 4.2 of IATA DGR) Shipping Consumer Commodities by Air The addendum makes two additions to the list of substances accepted for air transport under Packing Instruction Y963 for ID 8000, “Consumer commodities”. These are: UN 3334 “Aviation regulated liquid, n.o.s.”, and UN 3335 “Aviation regulated solid, n.o.s.” Shipping Aerosols by Air For businesses that ship aerosols by air, Addendum I includes three notable updates: It removes the requirement that packaging containing aerosols shipped as limited quantity (UN 2037) meet PG II standards. It removes the words “self-closing” from the definition of “aerosols” at IATA DGR 3.2.5.1. For UN 1950, “Aerosols, non-flammable (tear gas devices)”, IATA has lowered the net quantity per package from 150 kg to 50 kg (for cargo aircraft only). Lithium Batteries Something of an industry hot topic in recent months, no dangerous goods regulatory update would be complete without lithium batteries getting a mention. If you ship or carry lithium-ion or lithium-metal batteries by airplane, you should be aware of the following changes: UPS and FedEx now accept spare lithium-ion batteries (UN 3480) and lithium-metal batteries (UN 3090) for air transport only when prepared under Section IA or IB of the relevant packing instruction (965 or 968). UPS requires preapproval for shipments of standalone lithium-metal batteries (UN 3090) by air. FedEx operator variation FX-05 has now been amended to include the following instruction: “When the lithium battery handling label (IATA Figure 7.4H) is applied to packages and overpacks for Section IB and II lithium battery shipments, the applicable UN number(s) must be marked on the package adjacent to the lithium battery handling label.“ This is effective as of the 1st July 2017. Finally – and perhaps most interestingly – in line with the recent Addendum 2 to the technical instructions released by ICAO, IATA has added the requirement that, when packed in checked baggage, all lithium battery powered portable electronic devices such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and tablets must be completely switched off and protected from damage. Dangerous Goods List Finally, this first addendum to the 58th Edition of IATA DGR also makes a number of amendments to the List of Dangerous Goods (Table 4.2 of the regulation), which are as follows: For UN 1790, the Proper Shipping Name has been updated to “Hydrofluoric acid 60% or less hydrogen fluoride” instead of “Hydrofluoric acid 60% or less strength” For UN 2978 (Radioactive material, uranium hexafluoride non-fissile or fissile excepted) and UN 2977 (Radioactive material, uranium hexafluoride, fissile), IATA has updated the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) code from “7L” to “7CP”. You can read the full text of Addendum I to the 58th Edition of IATA DGR here.

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