February 27, 2017: PHMSA Issues Notice Regarding IMDG Code and ICAO Technical Instructions

PHMSA has issued a notice to offerors and carriers of hazardous materials regarding the 2017-2018 ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and Amendment 38-16 of the IMDG Code.
At this time, PHMSA has not made a final decision on whether or not it will be adopting the recent changes to the international standards. Until a decision has been made offerers and carriers will be permitted to use either the 2015-2016 or 2017-2018 standards for markings and labeling. The FAA, FRA, FMCSA, and PHMSA will be following this enforcement discretion until such time as this notice has been modified or rescinded.

PHMSAs Notice Regarding the IMDG Code and ICAO Technical Instructions

February 16, 2017: Amendments Included in 2016 Edition of IMDG Code

The 2016 Edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) includes several important changes that have been made to the regulations regarding the classification, labeling, packing instructions, and shipping of dangerous goods.
Some of the significant changes include new criteria for determining viscosity in Class 3 flammable liquids, large packaging packing instructions for aerosols, new ISO standards that are being incorporated into the packing instructions for gases, and new Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods label that will be used when shipping lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries.
These changes, while voluntary this year, will become mandatory as of January 1, 2018.

IMDG Code, 2016 Edition, Amendment 38-16

June 29, 2016: VGM Deadline Approaching

The new verified gross mass (VGM) rule becomes effective on July 1, 2016. Under the new rule, shippers are required to provide carriers with the verified weight of their containers prior to being loaded on a ship. The VGM must be listed in the shipping document and submitted to the terminal representative in advance. The VGM can be determined by either weighing the packed container or weighing all packages and cargo items, including pallets, dunnage, and securing materials used in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses.

 Verification of the gross mass of a packed container

SOLAS VGM Supplementary Industry FAQs (June 2016) 

October 28, 2015: IMDG Code Becomes Mandatory in January 2016

STARS would like to remind those who are involved with packing or shipping dangerous goods for transportation by sea that IMDG Code Amendment 37-14 will be mandatory as of January 1, 2016. Don’t get caught unprepared. Let us help you become and stay compliant. Purchase your IMDG Manual from STARS at a discounted price.
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September 15, 2014: Changes Made to IMDG Code 2014 Edition

The 2014 edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code includes many changes. Some of the more significant changes include the following:

  • Shippers and carriers that handle Class 7 goods need to be aware of the updates to provisions reflecting the 2012 edition of the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material.
  • The format of the Dangerous Goods List (DGL) has been modified. There are now two columns (16a & 16b) that have replaced the single Column 16 – Stowage and Segregation.
  • Additionally, the descriptive text for this section has now been replaced with codes that are defined in Chapter 7
    • Column 16a – Stowage and Handling: in addition to the Stowage Category codes there is also “SW” stowage codes, “H” handling codes (as defined in sections 7.1.5 and 7.1.6)
    • Column 16b – Segregation: contains “SG” segregation codes (as defined in section 7.2.8).
  • Changes have been made to Chapter 7.2
    • includes more stringent segregation and stowage requirements for Class 4.3 and other water-reactive materials.

The Dangerous Goods List has also been updated. Some of the changes include:

  • For UN 3268 – PSN has been changed from “air bag modules, air bag inflators or seat-belt pretensioners” to “safety devices”.
  • Asbestos is to be shipped as UN 2212 : Asbestos, Amphibole” or UN 2590 “asbestos, chrysotile”.
  • The entry “capacitors” has now been divided into “capacitor, electric double layer” (UN 3499) and “capacitor, asymmetric” (UN 3508)
  • “Packaging discarded, empty, uncleaned” (UN 3509) has been added but can’t be used for sea transport.
  • A series of shipping names for various absorbed gases have been assigned between UN 3510 and UN 3526.

Special provisions have been added and/or revised as well.

  • SP 367 through 376 – excluding 374 and 375
  • SP 968 through SP 970
  • SP 376 through 377 – Lithium batteries damaged/defective or for recycling/disposal.
  • SP 967, 962 – vehicles or internal combustion engines (see also SP 970).

To view the entire IMDG code visit International Maritime Organization Publications

September 12, 2013: (FR) IATA & IMDG – Changes to Regs for 2014

Significant changes to IMDG and IATA for 2014 (effective 1/1/2014) IATA and IMDG regulations have issued their changes for 2014. Please see the significant changes here: IATA-2014 Changes for 55th DGR; IMDG-2014 Amendments. These updates are Mandatory 1/1/2014. Need help navigating these changes? We can help….please contact us about cost-effective training.