Amendments, Additions and Changes to the 59th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

By Adam Gallimore, DGSA and Technical Advisor.

With the recent publication of the 59th Edition of IATA DGR, there have been a number of changes, additions and amendments which I will detail below.

Lithium Batteries are again a hot topic. Passengers and crew are now restricted from traveling with more than 15 portable electronic devices (PEDs), and up to a maximum of 20 spare batteries. This is detailed in Table 2.3A of IATA DGR.

There are a number of additions, deletions and amendments to variations submitted by operators.

There are 2 special provisions of note:

A70 – Which identifies the conditions under which engines may be considered as “not restricted”. The conditions have been revised to require that the shipper provide written or electronic documentation stating that a flushing and purging procedure for flammable liquid powered engines has been followed.

A203 – Identifies that vehicles powered by an engine powered by both a flammable liquid and flammable gas must be assigned to the entry Vehicle, flammable gas powered. The special provision has been revised to clarify that in this instance the applicable provisions of PI 950 (a) must also be met.

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Also there are new restrictions on packages containing Lithium Batteries, UN 3090 and UN 3480 only, being placed into an overpack with packages containing dangerous goods classified in Class 1 other than Division 1.4S, Division 2.1, Class 3, Division 4.1 or Division 5.1. Detailed in 5.0.1.5.1 of IATA DGR.

Additionally, lithium batteries, UN 3090 and UN 3480 only, are not permitted in the same outer packaging with dangerous goods classified in Class 1 other than Division 1.4S, Division 2.1, Class 3, Division 4.1 or Division 5.1. Detailed in IATA DGR 5.0.2.11, Note 4.

Lithium batteries packed to IATA Section II rules must not be packed with any other dangerous goods.

There is confirmation that the UN number(s) on the lithium battery mark must be at least 12mm high (IATA 7.1.5.5.2 (b)).

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Further information is provided in the updated IATA lithium battery shipping guidelines document which has been updated for 2018 and is available from IATA here.

There are also segregation requirements introduced for Lithium Batteries (UN 3480 and UN 3090 only) and dangerous classified in Class 1 other than Division 1.4S, Division 2.1, Class 3, Division 4.1 or Division 5.1. Detailed in IATA DGR 9.3.2.1.3 and Table 9.3A.

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