DG Digest: IATA Publishes List of “Significant Changes” for the Upcoming 65th Edition of the DGR.

Lufthansa becomes the latest airline to restrict lithium battery transport—and the strictest.

Here we are in the middle of August already. Where does summer fly off to? Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to enjoy it a little—if not, you have a couple of weeks left, so get on out there. It’s a “two-weeker” in the blog this time! After a super-quiet first week, the second week was quite busy with new action, so let’s get right to it. Here’s the latest:


The association has published its list of “Significant Changes” to be found in the upcoming 65th edition of the DGR. It will become effective next January 1st. The changes outlined this time around are somewhat less extensive than seen in the recent past, reflecting what was a somewhat more quiet period of change during the pandemic years as well as the fact that much work has already been completed with reference to the transport of lithium batteries—an effort that consumed much labor during the past decade or so. Nevertheless, some changes of interest appear, including a change to the lithium battery marking’s permitted display of UN numbers to account for its use with the new “sodium ion” UN numbers (UN3551/UN3552). Find the changes list here:

Significant Changes to the 65th Edition of the IATA DGR


The agency has published its latest tranche of special permit actions, covering the usual gamut of circumstances—unusual transport requests, battery issues, tanks and cylinders, etc. See them all here at these three links:

2023-17096.pdf (govinfo.gov)

2023-17097.pdf (govinfo.gov)

2023-17099.pdf (govinfo.gov)


The agency renewed an ICR dealing its requirement that motor carriers retain accident recods involving their registered CMV’s. Such records must be produced on the request of a federally authorized enforcement officer.  See the ICR here:

2023-16954.pdf (govinfo.gov)


The agency is announcing an opportunity for qualified, interested shippers who agree to implement certain security controls to join the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP). This notice provides the procedures necessary to initiate the registration process. The program is effective as of August 8, 2023. See details here:

2023-16928.pdf (govinfo.gov)


The agency is proposing to make technical corrections that correct or clarify several parts of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations. These technical corrections correct or clarify specific provisions in the existing hazardous waste regulations that were promulgated in the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rule, the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals rule, and the Definition of Solid Waste rule. This rule also makes other minor corrections that fall within the same sections of the hazardous waste regulations but are independent of these three rules. See this NPRM here:

2023-14730.pdf (govinfo.gov)

In a rather significant advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, the agency is soliciting information and requesting comments to assist in the potential development of non-regulatory and regulatory options that would ensure the proper management of used industrial containers that held hazardous chemicals or hazardous waste, up to and including the drum reconditioning process. Options could include revising the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations or other, non-regulatory options. This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) does not propose any regulatory requirements or change any existing regulatory requirements. This certainly appears on the surface at least to be a process that may result in impact to how dangerous goods packages (i.e. in this case, perhaps drums or IBC type totes) may be treated or rehabilitated. Comments must be received on or before September 25, 2023. See full details on this expansive notice here:

2023-16572.pdf (govinfo.gov)

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