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World’s Dangerous Goods Transportation Experts to Convene in Switzerland Beginning Next Week

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG Sub-Committee) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 25 to July 4.  The 41st session of the TDG Sub-Committee is the third of four meetings scheduled for the 2011-12 biennium. The primary purpose of the meeting will

New ICAO Lithium Battery Regulations Will Present Significant Challenges in 2013. Are You Ready?

One of the most noteworthy changes that will come into force in the 2013 ICAO Technical Instructions is the reworking of the various packing instructions for lithium ion and metal batteries and cells. ICAO has determined that some lithium batteries currently assigned to Section II of Packing Instruction 965 (for lithium ion) and 968 (for

PHMSA Responds to Recent Rule Appeals, Proposes to Extend ORM-D System Phase-Out Until End of 2015

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the U.S. Federal Register today addressing appeals that resulted from recent harmonization rules HM-215K and HM-231, both of which dealt with hazmat packaging requirements. Companies should examine the NPRM carefully and work with their respective trade organizations to ensure that

US Postal Service Prohibits International Shipments of Lithium Batteries

Effective yesterday, the United States Postal Service (USPS) amended its mailing standards, the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), to incorporate provisions prohibiting the outbound international mailing of lithium batteries and devices containing lithium batteries. The move brings the USPS international mailing standards in line with recent actions by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the

PHMSA Considering Harmonization with International Air Requirements for Transport of Lithium Batteries and Cells

PHMSA is attempting to breathe new life into stronger domestic shipping standards for lithium batteries with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued today. PHMSA originally issued a NPRM to address the air transportation risks posed by lithium cells and batteries more than two years ago. Since that time, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO)

ICAO DGP Concludes Discussions, Agrees to Amend ICAO Technical Instructions to Further Reduce Risk Associated With Lithium Battery Shipments

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) held its specially scheduled working group this week at ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada. The meeting was chaired by Geoff Leach, the member nominated by the United Kingdom. Sixteen out of the 19 members were in attendance along with observers from Dangerous Goods Advisory Council

Legislation Restricts DOT Lithium Battery Regulation (Maybe), Provides Exemption from Oxygen Overpack Requirements for Alaska

A compromise by the U.S. House and Senate on competing Federal Aviation Administration long-term funding bills includes provisions affecting two hot button issues for U.S. hazardous material shippers: lithium battery shipping standards and overpack requirements for transporting oxygen in Alaska. Lithium Batteries On Jan. 31, 2012, members of the House and Senate announced they had

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

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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