IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations – 61st Edition

air freight

What is IATA?

 

IATA (short for International Air Transport Association) is an international trade organization of the world’s airlines. Originally founded in 1945, its main objective consists of promote safe air transportation, enhance cooperation between companies, stimulate air trades, and provide insights on the issues related.

 

What is IATA DGR?

 

The International Air Transportation Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulation (IATA DGR) is the main reference point for helping professionals in preparing, handling, or accepting/refusing dangerous goods for transportation by air.

IATA GDR is a regulation that defines all the modalities of air transport, from labelling to packaging. In order to issue Airway Bills (AWB), each operator must possess an IATA DGR Certification that certifies its knowledge and reliability on the air transportation of dangerous goods.

 

What are the main changes on this year’s IATA DGR?

 

Each year, the IATA DGR Regulations are updated in order to include the new revisions occurred during the previous year. On January 1st, 2020 the following revisions will come into effect into the 61° Edition IATA DGR:

 

  • Dangerous goods carried by passengers and crew: Aerosols in Division 2.2 (with no subsidiary hazard) allowed in checked or carry-on baggage.
  • List of Dangerous Goods
  • UN2389, FURAN, 3, PG I, and UN3449, BROMOBENZYL CYANIDES, SOLID, 6.1, PG I, allowed on both passenger aircraft and Cargo Aircraft Only.
  • Special provision A802 assigned to UN1700, TEAR GAS CANDLES, 6.1 (4.1), to reinforce the requirements for PG II performance standards packagings.
  • The tables for single packagings have been revised to better identify composite packagings. The revised tables clearly identify which composite packagings are permitted.
  • Revised packings instructions 650, 960, Y960, and 968 to 970 (“aggregate lithium content”)
  • Excepted quantity mark, limited quantity mark, environmentally hazardous substances (EHS) mark and lithium battery mark must, when required, be applied on one face of the package.
  • Appendix A – New definition in glossary entre for “aggregate lithium content” and “lithium batteries installed in cargo transport unit”.
  • Appendix H – Guidance material on development and implementation of competency-based training for dangerous goods extensively revised based on engagement with, and input from regulatory authorities, training providers and member airlines. All the draft provisions for Subsection 1.5 have been moved to Appendix I.
  • Appendix I – New appendix providing the detail of the changes to come into effect January 1, 2021, based on the adoption of changes from the 21st revised edition of the UN Model Regulations and changes agreed by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for the 2021–2022 edition of the Technical Instructions.
  • Packing Instructions
  • Marking & Labelling
  • Changes to the Appendices

 

A full comprehensive list of changes can be found at the following link.