Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shippers and Air Freight Forwarders Warned of New Dangerous Goods Regulations

IATA Points Out from New Year Changes in Rules Apply
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – What are described by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as ‘significant changes', to the carriage of dangerous goods by air come into force on 1 January 2016, and shippers and freight forwarders are being advised to ensure they are familiar with the new regulations. Certain amendments to the carriage of lithium batteries will have a one year transition period to allow shippers to adapt to the new rules.

Details of the amendments to the rules are viewable here and IATA has produced the 57th edition of its own Dangerous Goods Regulations which can be purchased alongside the 2016 versions of its guides to specific dangerous items such as infectious materials and the aforementioned batteries, the dangers of which we have often focused upon.

IATA has also published a short video as an introduction to the shipping of hazardous products and listing a full range of the services in this regard in which they can offer support.

Photo:Lithium batteries have been a contentious issue with regard to both their carriage as luggage, cargo or even when fitted asan essential part of an aeroplane's own electrical equipment, as with the Boeing Dreamliner.