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IATA 59th Edition Changes are in Effect!

Did you know that the IATA 59th Edition went into effect as of January 1, 2018?  These regulations will be mandatory as of January 1, 2019.  Some of these regulation changes may affect your company and how they ship dangerous goods. 

A list of the significant changes that may affect your dangerous good shipment is as follow:

  • Many operator variations have been added, changed, or deleted
  • Several  special provisions have been added, changed, or deleted

    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

    PI 950(a) Flammable liquid fuel tanks.  Except as otherwise provided for in this Packing Instruction, fuel tanks must be drained of fuel and tank caps fitted securely.  Special precautions are necessary to ensure complete drainage of the fuel system of vehicles incorporating internal combustion engines, such as lawn mowers, where such vehicles could possibly be handled in other than an upright position.  When it is not possible to handle in other than an upright position vehicles, except those with diesel engines, must be drained of fuel as far as practicable and if any fuel remains it must not exceed one quarter of the tank capacity;

  • NEW restrictions on the shipment of lithium batteries
  • Several packing instructions have been added, changed, or deleted

    PI 951 - Has been revised to include a requirement that if the vehicle is powered by an engine using both flammable gas and flammable liquid fuels, then the shipper must also meet the relevant provisions of PI 950

    PI Y960 - A note has been added to reinforce that dangerous goods in PG I are not permitted

    PI 965 & PI 968- Text has been added to identify the restrictions on packing lithium batteries (UN3480 and UN 3090 only) 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.  There are also restriction on placing packages containing lithium batteries (UN3090 and UN  3480 only) 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.  These restrictions apply to Section IA and IB.  For Section II, cells and batteries must not be packed in the same outer packaging with other dangerous goods.

  • Appendix I has been added to the 59th Edition- A new appendix has been added to this edition of the DGR to provide the detail of the changes that will come into effect as of January 1, 2019 based on the adoption of the changes arising from the 20th revised edition of the UN model Regulations as well as the changes that been agreed to date by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for inclusion into the 2019-2020 edition of the Technical Instructions.

This is a summarized version of the full significant changes and amendments to the 59th edition.  For a full list of regulation changes please contact Transportation Compliance Associates.  It is mandatory that you are aware of any new regulations.   To be sure that your company is in compliance, reach out to one of our experts today at 1-855-637-9566. We have many trainings option available to meet your needs, from self-paced online training, to onsite training with a live instructor who is an expert in the regulations.  IATA training is required to be completed every two years, if your expiration is nearing make sure to get it scheduled today to prevent from being out of compliance.  

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