IATA Releases Addendum for the 61st Dangerous Goods Regulations

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December is finally here, and while we are having difficulty staying focused due to the upcoming holidays, IATA (International Air Transport Association) has released a brand-new addendum for the 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) to kick off the new year.

The amended version of the IATA DGR will become effective on January 1st, and hazmat employees must already prepare for changes. Not doing so may result in delays and log-jammed shipments.

Summary of Addendum I

Although the addendum does not seem to be dramatic as far as changes and amendments, to follow are some of the key points:

  • Various updates to operator variations and, of course, a must-have with respect to lithium battery transport;
  • updates and corrections to various Packing Instructions; and
  • a new State variation for Aruba (AWG).

Section 2.8.2 IATA Operator Variations

The upcoming addendum includes numerous updates to airline operator variations. The purpose of operator variations is to notify of carrier-specific requirements that shippers must follow when offering dangerous goods for transport by air.

FedEx Express

FX-05 – Updated to clarify its acceptance criteria for lithium batteries.

FX-09 – Segregation requirements prescribed in 49 CFR  §177.848 must be observed for all “Overpack” or “All Packed in One” shipments.


EK expanded the categories of dangerous goods that will not be accepted for carriage as cargo to include Class 4 and Class 5 hazardous materials.

These are just some variations to name a few. Other airlines that updated operator variations in this addendum include Jetstar Japan (GK), Royal Dutch Airlines, Asiana Airlines (OZ), and others.

Section 5 IATA Packing Instructions

The following packing instructions have been amended: PI 360, 361, 362, 363, or 364.

If these packing instructions are part of your packaging routine to prepare your dangerous goods air shipments, you must review them in time to apply relevant changes.

Miscellaneous Amendments to Addendum I

 Like with any other addendum, IATA takes this opportunity to clean up any other minutiae that have been identified in the previous edition of the DGR, therefore make sure you have liquid paper and a red pen ready to make changes if you have already purchased your hardcover.

  • IATA changed the word “Fibre” to “Fibreboard” in the Single Packaging Tables for Composites across many Packing Instructions
  • Various corrections of typos and grammatical errors
  • Revisions to competent authority listings
  • Revisions to the guidance material on development and implementation of competency-based training for dangerous goods
  • And much more…

You can review the entire new addendum here.

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