IATA DGR 63rd Edition Changes
PI 965 & 968
Can you believe it’s almost 2022? Some shippers of certain lithium batteries are probably saying the same thing. With the roll-out of the 63rd Edition of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) some shippers of lithium batteries will now be required to provide additional training for some employees.
Why is that you ask? Well, that’s because starting 2022, air shippers will be required to prepare smaller lithium cells and batteries shipped separately by air in accordance with Section IA or IB of the appropriate packing instructions. This is because of the update in the 63rd Edition that will eliminate the Section II provision from Packing Instructions (PI) 965 and 968. It should be noted there is a 3 Month transitional period (March 31, 2022) where shippers may continue to follow the old provisions of Section II.
While this may not seem like a big deal to some, for others, this means shippers of Section II lithium cells and batteries are now no longer exempted from the more stringent training requirements of IATA DGR 1.5. Employees will now fall under the “fully regulated” umbrella and be required to have:
- General awareness training
- Security awareness training
- Function specific training, and
- Be required to re-train once every 24 months.
With that said, if you are going to fall under these new provisions or currently fall under the fully regulated provisions, you should check out our full catalog of IATA training courses to find out which training best suits your needs.
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