This is my favorite time of the year. No, it is not the cooler temperatures, the changing of the leaves or even the pumpkin spice… well, everything. It is my favorite new of the year due to all of the new dangerous goods regulations. Nothing beats opening the cover of a new set of regulations! And this year, we have the annual release IATA and the 49 CFR but we also have the IMDG, ICAO and more as well.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be releasing the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) in October. The IATA manual is used by shippers who transport dangerous goods by air. The IATA will become effective January 1, 2021.

Highlights of the IATA changes are:

  • List of Dangerous Goods updates and additions as well as special provision changes
  • Corrosives have revised packing group criteria
  • 26 Packing Instructions have been revised and one has been renumbered to align with the UN.
  • Size for UN specification markings on packagings has been clarified
  • Revision to the filling capacity of metal aerosols
  • Clarification to the height of the identification numbers markings on packages
  • Documentation of multiple overpacks on the Shipper’s Declaration has been revised
  • Competency-based approach to training
  • Lithium battery updates – revisions to Special Provisions, Packing Instructions, as well as the lithium battery handling mark has occurred

See IATA’s summary of significant changes here.

It is important to keep up with the changing regulations. If you don’t delays and frustrated shipments can occur.

In the next several weeks leading up to 2021, we will cover specific changes to the dangerous goods regulations.

Stay safe!

Christine Holloway-Clare is the Vice President of Safety Specialists, Inc. She has been assisting customers comply with the hazardous materials regulations for over 20 years.

Safety Specialists, Inc. offers a wide range of hazardous materials transportation training and consulting options. Online training is available. Monthly online classes for DOT, IATA and IMDG available. Join one today.

2020 IATA Dangerous Goods Resources

The 2020 IATA is in full effect as of January 1, 2020 and here are some resources from IATA.

Addendum to the 61st IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The changes to the DGR that occur since the publishing of the IATA.

2020 IATA significant changes – this is a summary of the significant changes to the 61st IATA DGR.

IATA dangerous goods shipment checklists

IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration – fillable

2020 Lithium Batteries Guidance Document

Additional resources for IATA shipments as well as DOT and IMDG can be found on our resource page.

2019 IATA Changes

2019 IATA Changes


The 60th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations will be effective January 1, 2019.  There are various changes that will take place.


Highlights of the changes are:

◊ 12 new UN numbers have been added

◊ Lithium battery labeling changes

♦ New lithium battery handling label and a class 9 lithium battery label

◊ Shippers declaration changes

♦ The wording “subsidiary risk” with “subsidiary hazard”

♦ The new format will be required January 1, 2025

◊ Updates to packing instructions, special provisions, and variations

Here is Significant Changes to the 2019 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.