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On January 1st, 2016 a new edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations will come into effect. Some of the most significant changes were discussed in a previous blog entry. This article will pick up where we left off and showcase more of the differences between the 57th edition and previous versions (including some transitional provisions that will come to an end with the arrival of the New Year).

 DGR 57


Packing Instructions

The text of the Packing Instruction 200 now includes the filling requirements for compressed and liquefied gases (which previously appeared on

Packing instructions 966, 967, 969 and 970 now contain a definition of equipment: the device or apparatus for which the lithium cells or batteries will provide electrical power for its operation.



Two transitional provisions, which specified that the size provisions for the "SALVAGE" and "OVERPACK" markings would not be mandatory until January 1st, 2016, have consequently disappeared in the 57th edition. Starting January 1st, these markings must be at least 12 mm high.


Modernization of terminology

The description and examples of portable medical electronic devices and portable electronic devices (in Subsection 2.3) have been slightly updated in order to reflect the advancement of technology.


plane-flagsState and Operator Variations

Two new States have added variations: Nepal (with the code NPG) and Venezuela (VEG).

In the case of operators, one airline has been removed (SAS Scandinavian Airlines), while four new ones have been added with their corresponding variations: Air Malta (KM), Amerijet (M6), DHL Aviation EEMEA (ES) and TNT Express (3V).


Radioactive material

A new paragraph has been added to clearly state that an overpack containing packages of radioactive materials may also contain packages of goods not subject to the DGR.

There is also a new requirement regarding label specifications: the minimum width of the line inside the edge forming the diamond must be 2 mm.


Don't forget to keep up with the periodical changes in dangerous goods regulations in order to completely comply with them!


Article written in collaboration with DGM Spain.


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