The International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently published a summary of changes that will be seen in the 2012 edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
Some rather extensive changes to aspects such as packaging have been introduced this year in the DGR 52nd edition. The changes for the 53rd edition, that will take effect January 1, 2012 will be more limited, and are designed in most cases to refine or simplify requirements, rather than create new ones or change requirements significantly.
The expected changes include:
- Provisions for limited quantity packaging will be consolidated in section 2.7.5, moving some information from its current location section 5.0.
- Special provision A44 has been revised to clarify compatibility and packing group requirements for chemical and first aid kits.
- Special provision A802 has been created, to require that entries to the List of Dangerous Goods without packing groups, but with a requirement for UN specification packaging, must use packaging rated at least to the Packing Group II level.
- Special Provision A803 will require that all corrosives in Class 8, Packing Group III be packed in packaging that meets at least Packing Group II standards.(except for limited quantities).
- Special Provision A804 will reaffirm that Gallium and Mercury must be shipped in packaging that meets Packing Group I standards.
- Special Provision A805 will clarify that Dry ice may be packed directly into an overpack without an intervening packaging.
- For lithium metal and lithium ion batteries, additional notes have been added regarding testing requirements for refurbished or otherwise altered batteries. Clarification has been added for carrying lithium batteries as passenger baggage when they are subject to the sections of Section II of the relevant packing instructions.
- The requirements for marking overpacks have been clarified to show specifically which markings must be reproduced on the outside of the overpack when not visible through the overpack.
- The method of describing multiple overpacks on the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods has been expanded on, to align with the markings requirements for overpacks.
- The provisions for information that must be provided on the air waybill or dangerous goods that do not require Shipper’s Declarations (such as Dry ice and Magnetized materials) has been revised
- Appendix H will include a summary of the regulatory changes that will be expected to come into effect on January 1, 2013 for the 54th Edition of the DGR.
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