DG Digest: IATA releases addendum for the 61st DGR

We move fully into the month of December and its approaching holiday period with the biggest news being a brand-new Addendum for the 61st Edition of the IATA DGR; that’s the new volume that will become effective on January 1st, so change is in the air for it already.  The EPA as well as our great friends north of the border have also promulgated notable regulatory action this week.  Here’s all the latest:


As mentioned immediately above, IATA has released an addendum for the 61st Edition of the DGR; some of the “high points” include:

  • New and revised carrier variations, many of which deal inevitably with lithium batteries
  • FedEx details its list of materials to be packed in DOTFP31 packages
  • A variety of minor changes are made to various packing instructions
  • Sundry corrections of typos and grammatical errors
  • Revisions to competent authority listings

You can review the entire new addendum here.

Air Canada

In rather interesting and potentially impactful news from our northern neighbor’s national air carrier, Air Canada is establishing a requirement beginning January 2nd, 2020 for a new ancillary document to accompany Section II lithium battery shipments.  The airline has established a webpage detailing the requirements and when and how they apply, as well as providing examples of the subject document.  See all the details here.

Transport Canada

Although the information was finalized as long ago as last June, the agency has published a new link to the updated ERAP requirements.   Find this new link and the updated information right here.


Both Lithuania and Denmark have joined the ever-expanding list of EU nations that have signed onto Multi-Lateral Agreement M318, which authorizes the use of USDOT permitted pressure vessels (cylinders) for the transport of gases.  See these latest additions here:


The agency published the final rule adding aerosol cans to the Universal Waste program.  The Environmental Protection Agency is adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This change will benefit the wide variety of establishments generating and managing hazardous waste aerosol cans, including the retail sector, by providing a clear, protective system for managing discarded aerosol cans. The streamlined universal waste regulations are expected to ease regulatory burdens on retail stores and others that discard hazardous waste aerosol cans; promote the collection and recycling of these cans; and encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors. This final rule is effective on February 7, 2020.  See the rule here.

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