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The 57th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) will incorporate the new amendments made by the Dangerous Goods Board. These changes will come into effect as of January 1st 2016. Some of the changes have already been discussed and approved at the IATA Dangerous Goods Board's meetings and are therefore expected to appear on the 57th edition of the DGR; this article will guide you through them.

DGR 2016


Dangerous Goods in Consolidations

The definition of "consolidation" will be moved to Subsection 1.3.3, with the rest of the consolidation provisions (it is currently on Section 9).


Dangerous Goods carried by passengers or crew

Table 2.3.A will be rearranged in alphabetical order. The column "Permitted on one's person" disappears, and the phrase "ON ONE'S PERSON" appears across the columns for two entries that would otherwise show "NO" on every category: radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers and safety matches or small cigarette lighters.

Electronic cigarettes have been added to the table (only permitted in or as checked baggage), and must be individually protected to prevent accidental activation. This measure was included in the DGR as an addendum in May and will appear in the regular text of the 57th edition.


List of Dangerous Goods

There is currently a discrepancy between IATA's DGR and ICAO's Technical Instructions in the light type text associated with the Proper Shipping Name of UN 3480 (lithium ion batteries) and UN 3481 (lithium ion batteries contained or packed in equipment). The light type text is "including lithium ion polymer batteries" in ICAO's Technical Instructions, but the word "ion" is missing in the DGR. The word will be added in the 57th edition.

The entry UN 3496 (batteries, nickel-metal hydride) will be clearly shown as "Not restricted", as it is only used for maritime transport. This includes transport as Limited Quantities (which is currently forbidden).


Packing Instructions

A note will be added to packing instruction 960 (which is applied to UN 3316, Chemical kit or First aid kit containing dangerous goods), specifying that these articles cannot contain dangerous goods that belong to Packing Group I.

For packing instruction Y963, which is applied to ID 8000 (Consumer commodity) in Limited Quantities, a closed list will be added identifying which dangerous goods may be shipped as consumer commodities. Additionally, it will be stated that dangerous goods that are forbidden for transport aboard passenger aircraft must not be transported as ID 8000, and that other dangerous goods must not be packed in the same outer packaging with ID 8000.

Packing instruction 967, Section II has been updated to stipulate that consignments of more than two packages must be labelled with the lithium battery handling label. A transitional period for this requirement has been established until 31st December, 2016.



A clarification is going to be made, so there will not be any doubts about the labels that must be clearly visible in an overpack: the labels representative of all dangerous goods within the overpack. This will end with another discrepancy between DGR and ICAO's Technical Instructions.

Also, a new paragraph will be added to to clarify that overpacks containing dangerous goods may also contain packages or goods not subject to the DGR.


Freight Containers and Unit Load Devices

The list of permitted items that may be loaded into a unit load device or a freight container ( will be expanded in order to harmonize it with the one in


Environmentally Hazardous Substances

The note under will be updated to clarify that the environmentally hazardous substances mark is not required on packages shipped in accordance with the special provision A197, but all packages shipped as UN 3077 or UN 3082 must bear it.

Environmentally Hazardous Substances


 Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods

The list of dangerous goods that do not require a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods will include four new items:

  • UN 3164, Articles, pressurized, hydraulic
  • UN 3164, Articles, pressurized, pneumatic
  • Dangerous goods in excepted quantities
  • UN 2807, Magnetized material

Such list will also be rearranged in alphabetical order.

There are currently two different references to the addition of an indication to the Dangerous Goods Declaration when a shipper is using a salvage packaging. The whole paragraph will be deleted, while the paragraph will be kept. Consequently, the only correct place to mention that a salvage packaging is being used will be the "Quantity and type of packing".

Furthermore, all the examples of DGDs regarding the method of indicating the number of packages are using numbers, which has eventually led to the rejection of consignments where the number of packages was indicated using letters. A sentence will be added to clarify that both methods are valid.


Finally, regarding empty uncleaned packagings, a note will be added to recommend placing the words "EMPTY UNCLEANED" or "RESIDUE LAST CONTAINED" in association with the description of the number and type of packagings (e.g. "1 Steel drum, empty uncleaned").



Tables 9.1.A (Applicable acceptance procedures summary) and 9.5.A (Dangerous goods not required to appear on the information to pilot-in-command) will be rearranged in alphabetical order.

A new paragraph (9.4.4) will be added to the Inspection subsection pointing some emergency response measures in case the staff find a package that is evidently or suspected damaged or leaking.

Regarding the Notification to Captain, a clarification will be made that the units of measurement of the net quantity or gross weight of the packages must be included on the NOTOC.


Radioactive materials

The text will be slightly updated to clearly specify that a package must bear a mark to indicate the permissible gross weight if the permissible gross weight exceeds 50 kg. This is done to align the DGR text with IAEA's Technical Instructions (currently the wording is different).

A paragraph will be added to (loading restrictions) to reference that Category II-Yellow and Category III-Yellow packages, overpacks and freight containers must be separated from live animals.


DGM will keep you posted on future changes to the DGR.

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