The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published updated regulations manuals for 2023, which may impact University units and departments that ship dangerous goods by air. Notable changes include:
- Package dangerous goods with other goods: A package containing dangerous goods in excepted quantities may also contain goods not subject to the regulations (refer to paragraph 188.8.131.52).
- Maximum quantity of batteries on cargo aircraft limited to 400 Kg per package: The maximum net quantity per package on cargo aircraft only has changed from “NO LIMIT” to 400 Kg and items must be packed in a UN specification packaging; applies to UN2794 (Batteries, wet, filled with acid), UN2795 (Batteries, wet, filled with alkali), and UN 3292 (Cells containing sodium) in paragraph 4.2.
- Special Provision added to items on the List of Dangerous Goods: Special Provision A154 was added to the entries for UN3171 (Battery-powered vehicles), UN3528, UN3529, and UN3530 (Engines and machinery), UN2990 and UN3072 (Life-saving appliances), and UN3166 (Vehicles) in paragraph 4.2.
- Packing Instructions for batteries installed in equipment: PI 870 was revised to remove reference to the packing provisions for batteries installed in equipment. Where batteries are installed in equipment, the correct classification is UN3171, Battery-powered equipment and PI 952 applies.
If you ship hazardous materials by air, be sure to carefully review the changes. If you any questions, feel free to contact EH&S Environmental Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Shipping Hazardous Materials webpage for additional information.