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DG Updates: Recent Changes, Additions, Clarifications

Highlights of 2014 Changes to the 55th IATA DGR

Some of the significant changes to the 2014 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Urgent: Lithium Battery Shipping News

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As you may have heard, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the US DOT (and FAA) and IATA are prepared to implement new lithium battery shipping regulations that will actually require Class 9 HazMat (DG) labeling for some "Excepted" small lithium batteries in addition to package testing requirements. For example, come January 1, 2013 even cell phone batteries, or compact camera batteries may require this. In addition, this new Class 9 label for SOME excepted batteries is in ADDITION to the square, red "handling label" (marking) that is already required for some excepted battery and equipment shipments.

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Class 9AND in addition: excepted lithium ion

This is a drastic change that also comes with new DG documentation requirements for these "excepted" batteries when shipped in certain configurations, and the threshold to be excepted from these new requirements is now reduced to 2.7 Watt-hours. Yes, two point seven, not 27 (or currently it's 100 Wh!). Your typical compact camera or cell phone has more power than that (i.e. a 3.7 volt camera battery at 900 milliamps [.9 Ah] is still over 3 Wh and thus falls under this new rule. If you have a removable battery in your cell phone -- take a look at the volts and multiply by the amps and see if it's more than 2.7 Wh. Guaranteed, it will be over this new threshold that requires the new hazard label and documentation and package tests in CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. There is going to be a lot of confusion about this.

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Urgent: Consumer Commodity - ORM-D Elimination Starts in 2013 (period may be extended for ground only)

For decades US domestic and trans border shippers have been able to ship a wide variety of "Consumer Commodities" as "ORM-D" ["Other Regulated Materials, Domestic"]. While the other ORM's were eliminated in the early 1990's ORM-D has endured because millions of shipments are moved every year, without hazmat paperwork, as this type of shipment in the United States.

Starting in 2013 the ORM-D classification will be prohibited by Air Transport and in 2014 (recently extended to 12/31/20), packages marked ORM-D will no longer be allowed to be shipped by ground. While there are comparable exceptions being put in place for "Limited Quantity" shipments, the marking/labeling is different (now you'll have a diamond label instead of a small rectangle and so your packaging or marketing departments need to know about this now so your packages can be reconfigured for this marking, if needed.

Call 1-800-949-4834 for more information on the ORM-D Elimination and transition.

PHMSA Grants ACA Appeal, Extends use of ‘Consumer Commodity ORM-D’ through 2020

Read the related article on Consumer Commodity ORM-D

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