It is hard to believe that 2022 is right around the corner. And with that said, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be making some significant changes to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
So as you may know most carriers require shippers to use the IATA DGR for the safe transport of dangerous goods. The IATA is an association of airlines from all over the world. Therefore, they created the IATA DGR, which are the standards shipping requirements for dangerous good by air.
But you may be asking yourself – what exactly does this mean to me as a shipper?
Significant Changes in the 63rd Edition IATA DGR
The 2022 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations includes major changes to several Sections and Appendices.
The updates include:
- The addition of Appendix I to detail future IATA DGR changes.
- Clarification of the territories subject to State Variations in 2.8.1.
- Several revisions to Section 4.2 List of Dangerous Goods
- Lithium batteries: Removal of Section II provisions from Packing Instructions 965 and 968 for small lithium-ion and -metal cells and batteries shipped separately (UN 3480 and UN 3090).
- Added flexibility for shippers “removing” a Cargo Aircraft Only (CAO) label
- Updated information in various appendices, including Appendix H–Training Guidelines.
So as you can see the changes made are considerable and we have only addressed a few. These changes will affect how dangerous goods shipments for air transport subject to IATA/ICAO dangerous goods regulations and how they are to handled. That said, mandatory compliance with the new IATA DGR, the 63rd Edition, starts on January 1, 2022
Read the official document here: DGR-63-EN-Significant-Changes
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