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Amendment 35-10 of International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code Now Mandatory

Background on the IMDG Code The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is the worldwide regulation for transporting dangerous goods by sea. The IMDG Code is written in conjunction with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The IMDG

Summary of the 40th Session of the United Nations Sub-Committee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 7, 2011, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (the “Sub-Committee”) met in Geneva, Switzerland, to continue its work on the development of the 18th revised edition of the Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations (the “Model Regulations”). The Sub-Committee agenda

ICAO Considering Tighter Restrictions for Shipments of Lithium Batteries

While the International Civil Aviation Organization Dangerous Goods Panel recently declined to implement more stringent rules for shipping lithium batteries, the group has agreed to convene a special session early next year, at which time it is expected they will reconsider the matter. Last month, the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) considered a working paper

Newest Edition of Emergency Response Guidebook Coming in 2012

2012 marks the release of the latest Emergency Response Guidebook, a critical resource for emergency services personnel and hazardous materials shippers. The Emergency Response Guidebook, commonly referred to as the “ERG,” was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico for use by firefighters,

Recent Changes to US Hazard Communication Requirements for Labels, Placards and IBCs

On July 20, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published final rule HM-218F, which adopted various amendments to the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations in order to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. By implementing these amendments, PHMSA hopes to: promote safer transportation practices; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; finalize outstanding petitions for rulemaking; facilitate

New A.I.R. Shipper Incorporates Recent Major Revisions to Air Transport Regulations for Dangerous Goods

I just finished sending the 2012 edition of A.I.R. Shipper™ to the printer! Can’t believe this is our 8th edition of the “Apple” of dangerous goods regulations manuals!  Have you gotten used to the new packing instructions yet?  Sure hope so!  The old ones became obsolete back in March! Practically a new dangerous goods list

An Overview of the New U.S. Requirements for Shipping Limited Quantities of Dangerous Goods

On January 19, 2011, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published final rule HM-215K, which harmonized the requirements of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international transport regulations.  Among the most significant changes in the rule involved the introduction of the internationally harmonized requirements for shipping limited quantities of dangerous goods (hazardous

Implementation of Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations Still in a Holding Pattern

More than a year-and-a-half after the publication of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s HM-224F Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the path to a published rule remains elusive. At this current juncture, it appears PHMSA has yet to receive any direction on how to proceed in relation to the many controversial proposed requirements in

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