Remember that Consumer Commodity, ORM-D-AIR ended December 31, 2012. Packages will be rejected if they bear the proper shipping name Consumer Commodity, ORM-D-Air.
These packages must be reclassified as limited quantity or as a fully regulated hazardous material. Consumer Commodity, ORM-D-AIR and limited quantity are NOT equal. This change to the regulations cannot be complied with by simply applying a new marking to the box.
EVERY product that was shipped as Consumer Commodity, ORM-D-AIR must be reclassified. If your company needs assistance with reclassification, please let us know at 704-573-0955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Just wanted to remind everyone that as of January 1st, 2013, the new Cargo Aircraft Only (CAO) label must be the only one used. Be sure to use the new CAO label with the words “Cargo Aircraft Only” at the top instead of the word “Danger”.
Toss those old labels! If you have any questions or need help with a dangerous goods shipment, please let us know at 704-573-0955 or email@example.com.
On April 26th, IATA issued an addendum to the 53rd Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, which corrects, revised and adds to the existing regulations. 15 pages out of the 19-page document are revisions and additions to the State and Operator Variation. No changes were issued to the United States, UPS or FedEx variations. Wheelchair and mobility aid regulations were revised. Revisions to the overpack requirements as they apply to limited quantities were made. The overpack requirement now states that if the limited quantity marking is not visible than the outside of the overpack must be marked with the word “Overpack”.
A copy of the Addendum can be found here. Print a copy for your IATA today. More dangerous goods helpful information can be found in our reference library.
PHMSA issued a final rule regarding the packaging, closure, liners and absorbents when shipping by air. The changes in this rulemaking will align with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions. A summary of the changes is:
Class/Division 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 or 8 Packing Group III materials must be in packaging, which is a Packing Group II performance level.
The packaging must be constructed to resist the effects of temperature and vibration changes which normally occur during air transportation.
Liquid Packing Group I materials will require:
Secondary means of closure and
Absorbent materials of liquid in Classes/Divisions 3, 4, 5.1, 6.1, or 8 in glass, earthenware, plastic or metal inner packagings
Sufficient absorbent material to absorb the entire contents of the inner packaging
Absorbent must not react with the liquid
Liquid Packing Group II and III materials will require:
Secondary means of closure
If cannot be applied or impractical, then inner packaging can be placed in a leakproof liner or bag
Secondary means of closure could be tape, child resistant closures, friction seleeves, locking rings, heat seals, etc.
These requirements are for air shipments.
Compliance Dates Voluntary compliance date: May 16, 2012
Effective date: July 1, 2012
More lithium battery changes! IATA issues changes to the Lithium Battery requirements. These changes should be published in the next IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which will be effective January 1, 2013. Click here to downloaded a summary of the changes.
ICAO publishes minutes meetings held February 6-10, 2012 which discussed lithium batteries provision changes. These meetings amended the lithium battery provisions including packaging instructions, safety measures, training for shippers, operator acceptance compliance checks, and pilot notification. Packing Instructions 965, 966, 968 and 969 are in the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment can be downloaded here.