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[post_content] => The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has issued its regular useful list of the significant changes to the next edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). As the 59th edition will take effect on 1 January 2018, the list of changes is comparatively brief, running to just two pages. It includes addenda to the 2017-2018 edition of the Technical Instructions agreed this year by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as well as a number of other amendments agreed by IATA, which represents most of the world’s airlines.
It should be noted that IATA member airlines will expect prompt compliance with the 59th edition of the DGR and that those involved in the movement of dangerous goods by air will need to equip themselves with a copy of the new edition.
The list of changes also notes that the 59th edition will include a new Appendix I to give details of those amendments already agreed by ICAO for inclusion in the 2019-2020 edition of the Technical Instructions; this gives those involved in the supply chain with an idea of some of the changes they will have to deal with in a year’s time, although it should be stressed that they remain subject to final confirmation by ICAO.
Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the changes noted by IATA involve lithium batteries. These include new limitations in 220.127.116.11 on the number of portable electronic devices (PEDs) and spare batteries that may be carried by passengers and crew. IATA has placed a limit of 15 PEDs and 20 spare batteries per person, which is reflected in Table 2.3.A. These limits may be exceeded with the approval of the operator.
In respect of the packing of lithium batteries, 18.104.22.168.1 has been revised to include new restrictions on packages of UN 3090 or 3480 batteries being placed in an overpack with dangerous goods of Class 1 (other than Division 1.4S), Class 3, Division 4.1 or Division 5.1. Similarly, 22.214.171.124 has been revised to specify that such batteries are not permitted in the same outer packaging as dangerous goods of those classes and divisions.
Text has been added to packing instructions 965 and 968 to reflect those packing restrictions, and Table 9.3.A and the provisions of 9.3.2 have been similarly amended. A note is added to 9.3.2 to identify that the segregation of packages and overpacks loaded into unit load devices (ULDs) and aircraft cargo compartments, while recommended as from 1 January 2018, will not become mandatory until 1 January 2019.
New Cargo IMP codes have been added in Appendix B.2.2.4 to facilitate the differentiation of fully regulated lithium batteries of UN 3090 and 3480 from those packed with or contained in equipment (UN 3091 and 3481). UN 3090 batteries shipped under Sections 1A or 1B of PI 968 are assigned RBM; UN 3480 batteries shipped under Sections 1A or 1B of PI 965 are assigned RBI. UN 3091 batteries are currently assigned RLM and UN 3481 batteries RLI.
Finally, text has been added to 126.96.36.199.2 to recommend a minimum size for the UN numbers on the lithium battery mark.
ENGINES AND MACHINERY
Several other changes relate to the newly adopted UN entries for engines and machinery. Special provision A70, which identifies the conditions under which engines may be considered as ‘not restricted, has been revised to require that the shipper provide written or electronic documentation stating that a flushing and purging procedure has been followed for engines power by flammable liquid.
Special provision A203, which identifies that vehicles powered by an engine running on both a flammable liquid and a flammable gas must be assigned to the entry for flammable gas-powered vehicles, has been revised to clarify that in such cases the application provisions of PI 950(a) must also be met. That revision is also reflected in a new requirement added to PI 951.
There has been a restructuring of 3.9.2 to bring in all substances and articles assigned to Class 9, along with their UN numbers and proper shipping names. These are grouped according to the hazard they pose in transport.
A note has been added to packing instruction Y960 to reinforce the face that dangerous goods of Packing Group I are not permitted.
As is usually the case, there are a large number of additions, deletions and amendments to the operator variations; this is, however, only a snapshot of variations currently in effect and IATA has noted that shippers should check with the carrier before offering dangerous goods for transport by air.
Similarly, there are changes to the contact details for competent authorities (Appendix D), the lists of UN specification packaging suppliers and package testing facilities (Appendix E) and the lists of sales agents, IATA-accredited training schools and IATA-authorised training centres (Appendix F).
The list of significant changes can be found on the IATA website
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IATA: In the air tomorrow
IATA insists on updating its Dangerous Goods Regulations every year. While there are few surprises in the 2018 edition, shippers should still take note of the changes