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Every January a new edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations arrives. As usual, we will take a look at the most relevant changes and additions made to the basic regulation for the transportation of dangerous goods by air, which come into effect on January 1st, 2017.

IATA 58th

 

For the first time in DGM’s history, this year our World Meeting took place in India! From September 2nd to 4th delegates from DGM companies spread over all the continents gathered in Goa for three days of meetings, brainstorming and exchanging ideas.

WM2016 blog 01

 

As technology advances and new types of dangerous goods are shipped, the measures that must be taken to prevent risks evolve, and so do the regulations. That is why, for example, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) are updated every year.

However, sometimes some measures cannot wait until next January to be applied. This is the case of the recent restrictions approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on certain lithium batteries shipments. The risks of lithium batteries catching fire during transport cannot be ignored and several provisions have been modified to exercise a greater degree of caution. New addenda have been published in order to add these changes, which come into effect on April 1st 2016, to the ICAO's Technical Instructions and the IATA DGR.

Regulatory changes for lithium batteries air shipments (April 2016)

 

As dangerous goods experts, we often talk about the necessity to prevent the risks that might occur during normal conditions of transport. Unfortunately, these are not our only concerns: in the world we live in we must also pay attention to potential risks posed by the theft and misuse of the most hazardous goods by ill-intentioned individuals against people, property or the environment. These are known as High Consequence Dangerous Goods, and their threats are addressed by the implementation of Security Plans.

High Consequence Dangerous Goods

 


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

 

As technology advances, the way business is made changes as well. In the case of dangerous goods documentation, electronic-based alternatives are being introduced for the traditional paper documents used for air shipments, most notably the Air Waybill. Will electronic data techniques completely replace the use of paper? What are the potential benefits for operators and users?

AWB-electronic

 

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